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Sep. 15th, 2009 @ 08:01 am A Walkin Anna Molly
Witha Blue Mask On...

Sunday afternoon I was trying to clean up the yard here with a friend helping me managed to get the garage cleared out so I can walk in it again and cleaned up of the remnants of a dog someone left here three months because of a huge sore under it's collar the caregiver comes to me and tells me the wife has a temp of 101 I give her an acetaminophen and ask her to drink a couple glasses of water put a fan on her and ask the caregiver to take her temp every 20 minutes.

The fever climbs in the next hour the wife is addiment she will not go to hospital because she is afraid it will cancel her cataract surgery next week which we were trying to fit in before I saw the neurosurgeon about my screwed up lumbar which I finally got the report on and is bad bad bad and the doc is gonna tell me I need surgery again which means not picking anything up for 3 months minimum but in reality I have to pick the wife up 6 times a day minimum and I dunno how to get around that the bone loss in her left leg says her surgeon means it would shatter but if 6 months of adjustable braces can straigten her knee and ankle she might bear the weight in the pool and he'd get her a water proof prosthesis for the leg they amputated and she is so alive now sitting up all day wanting to go out to stores again and reading the entire paper and doing more than she has in the past 18 months and in general wanting to live as long as she can I planned so well building this house for her so she'd never go to a nursing home and and and sorting through all the mail and trying to trim out everything we don't actually need and I'm off the subject except for one letter addressed to me that I open and it uses the words summary judgment with an early morning hearing I can't make because I can't leave the house usually until 10:30 and the thing is sent regular mail just dumb luck I opened it or I'd never have known geez.

So anyways I tell the friend to go lock the house up she is still refusing to go we start packing a couple things and her pillows and things just in case the temperature is now 102 but she's “not gonna go” quote. I come in with the wheel chair she's now refusing to let the caregiver take her temp so I do and it's 103.2 I pick her up and put her in the car and go.

I drive her there with the AC on full and a bag of ice in her lap never cool someone rapidly or they go into shock we pull in she is still not wanting to be there 3 pm the ER is full of people with blue masks on I dictate the symptoms like a paramedic to the admitting people and she's moved to the front of the line she is back there in minutes wired up an IV started and blood drawn I keep a copy of her meds with me at all time having done this many times already and they tell us she'll be admitted without a doubt it takes time to get her a room the place is packed they need a no vacancy sign and finally around midnight she is in a bed I drive home for my meds and a few other things she needs get back at one and sleep on the floor which is very very cold LOL.

Cold and I don't mix I don't sleep my back goes into spasms I come home yesterday @10am and now I've got a slight fever fall asleep in my clothes and wake up this morning at 6:30 in full blown panic attack I can't feel my feet an hour in the tub I still can't stand up straight or write with a pen and paper but it's subsiding just a side effect of crushing my head no fever I was on antibiotics anyways from the surgery so dodged another bullet and venting here is calming.

To the hospital I go!
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Date:September 15th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
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Oh geez. Sounds like you're having "interesting times" (as in the Chinese curse).

Hope things are less interesting soon.
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Date:September 16th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)

Silver Linings

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99% of Caregivers are Angels and should be thanked anytime you meet one we just had a lot of things go wrong cause I was just plain lost for a long time after hitting my head but... except for the forgetting whens things happened and trying to keep putting things in the fridge to heat them up and wondering where the buttons are which is actually kinda funny ond only when I'm super tired I'm about the luckiest person you'll meet being that I'm here.

I calmed down got on the phone to tell the wife some stuff to tell her doc and to be sure I could take her appointment and get my stitches out and she did and was told to call his office and do it and say he already approved it, found out it was today not tommorrow, got that done then suddenly remembered I still hadn't gotten word of the referal to the neurosurgeon and it's set and I'm told I needed to pick up my MRI's and XRays and bring them which made me remember they have a give us 24 hours notice to get films please sign and hadn't had xrays on my lumbar since 2004 saw the wife went to get the stitches out and got my XRays done and the wife comes home tommorrow so I can pick everything up, then bring her home.

The XRays were ghastly I kept pointing out things to the tech knowing she wasn't allowed to comment but she was laughing with me so I didn't make it ackward for her.

Doctors apointment for the wife on Thursday she's cleared for the cateract surgery but he wants me to try to postpone it a week as a precaution if possible and called them and got an apointment with an attorney Friday which was a lot of rememberin but I did it and if I really owe something I'll find away to work it out one way or another.

When things pile up on me I break them down into little troubles and try and get one piece of the puzzle done at a time and after a while you end up building a house or something...

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Date:September 16th, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)

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Sounds like you are getting a handle on things. Sending you both lots of love and healing thoughts.
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Date:September 17th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)

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Funny enough, I was also picking up MRI's to take to a neurologist (well, not neurosurgeon) yesterday.

How is the wife? Hope she's all better now.

This is my "Silver Lining":

Silver Lining is her name. Her momma was pregnant with her when I was recovering from my fusion. I wasn't supposed to ride for that whole year, so it was a good time to have a horse be incapacitated for 11 months :) She just turned three this summer; if I can get my health under control, I'll start riding her.
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Date:September 17th, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)

Don't say Fusion!

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LOL I hope you feel pretty well for it but I'm looking at the bottom 5 disks on my films and they're all more or less touching each other without a disk for them to float on.

Great horse and approprate name.

Did you get hurt or is degenerative?
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Date:September 17th, 2009 11:40 am (UTC)

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Ooooog, that "sitting right on top of each other with no disk left" is exactly the problem I had--only with just one. Man, how do you WALK? It wasn't so much the pain, as the fact that my lower body didn't quite do what I needed it to do. For the last couple of months before my surgery, I needed help just to walk. Nothing worked right!

Hey, I woke up out of the surgery feeling great, and even now I'm in better shape than I was before the surgery.

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I started having back pain and so on about 6 months after I was rear-ended in 2002. After that the disk degenerated pretty rapidly.
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Date:September 17th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)

I'm not a Radiologist

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And the bottom end of your spine curves so this could be simply overlapping of bone because of the camera angle but you can see a side to side twist in one of the straight on shots.

Walking saved my life.

It's what I do best.