Sunday, February 18, 2007

We are done with Day 5.....

and he's getting a little bit better every day - he doesn't think so, but tonight he scootched himself up in the bed and he didn't scream - to me that was a huge deal! I count every little thing as a success.


Of course, being on drugs, his mind is working way overtime - so far he has sold the truck, gotten rid of the boys, and several other things that I can't remember right now. It is hard not to laugh sometimes, like when he looked at me after sleeping about an hour yesterday morning and said, with all honesty - "I think that is the longest I've slept in days" - Ok honey, yup, you're right, is all I can say...


He's been eating well and drinking lots of water, pees alot, but still hasn't done, well you know - since Tuesday. Our friend Nancy, who is a retired nurse told me to buy a "fracture pan" - it is a bed pan that is shaped kind of like a dustpan - just slips under you butt and there you go, so to speak - I've been giving him those "red gel pills" but so far nothing has happened. I gave him the heavy artillery - Prune juice - this evening - boy he didn't like that one bit - but he did drink most of it. I don't want to comprehend the alternative if that doesn't work - and don't you DARE breathe a word to him that I put this on my blog - he would kill me - (and at this point, they'd have to bring him to the funeral on a gurney) - Sorry - I'm starting to get a very wierd sense of humor about the whole thing.


But I'm very lucky - John's boss came today with eight bales of hay - they are safely tucked in the barn - while he was doing that, I watered the greenhouse and after he left, I took a rake to the front pathway where the gurneys from the ambulances had left ruts. The weather has been pretty good - 50's during the day and only in the low 40's at night - it could be like my friend Kathy in Flagstaff - http://www.sheepthrillsfarm.com/ They had gotten a load of moldy hay and had to clean out their entire barn! And it's only in the 20's there at night, so everything is frozen brick solid! That's when I'd be saying - hey, I didn't sign on for this tour of duty!

Our friends Diane and Vicki from church are going to come on Tuesday and give him his lunch & mid day meds so I can go to work and not worry. Bless their hearts, they are going to do some house cleaning for me too. I am embarassed to tell you, I am a horrific housekeeper - things just seem to get away from me - hopefully they will still speak to me afterwards!
They are going to do some weeding out in the yard too - that will really help ease John's mind. But he needs to hurry up and get well - the crocus are blooming!

I hate to do it but I have to go wake him up to give him his night time meds. I don't want him to get behind on the pain pills - then neither one of us will get any sleep. Gotta go - later. T.

4 comments:

Kathy L. said...

I am so glad to hear that he's making progress. Did his chiropracter show up? If that doesn't work, I suppose it might come to an orthopedic Dr.??? My heart goes out to both of you...it's as hard on the spouse as it is on the patient, I know.

Take care of yourself, Tina...and remember to come up for air, and a deep breath every now and then.

Hugs from the SW....

vlb5757 said...

Tina-sounds like you have your hands completely full. How do you have time to blog? You are much more dedicated than I am.

Hope all is well and stays that way for a while!

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

I've come to the conclusion that my step-dad is a saint, because he lives with constant back pain even after two surgeries. When Brian was still in a baby carrier I did a number on my back and suffered for a few months; my attitude deteriorated so fast it was pathetic! I extend my deepest sympathies to John in his suffering.

Maybe prunes work for some people, but I can eat/drink a boatload with no adverse consequences! Have had more results from flax seed (mill them first in the coffee grinder or they just go through without leaving any of their many benefits behind). I almost always bake with them, but you can sprinkle them on top of hot cereal or even stir them into a glass of water and gulp if you're desperate. If John's cholesterol needs lowering, the flax will do that, too!

Leigh said...

Well, at least you still have a sense of humor! Good for you. I agree with Kathy, do take care of yourself. And keep counting those blessings!