Thursday, December 30, 2010

New bedroom

The house we bought 7 years ago is a nice one, but the bedrooms are tiny,so when we had the bathroom renovated we eliminated the storage room next to it with the plan to knock the walls down and make the bedroom on the other side of it larger. Well, with the help of our sons and an Amish man named Mose we are closer and closer to moving in to the room. The one we are in is just that A BED ROOM a ROOM FOR A BED...I often feel claustrophobic...this will be so much nicer! for us.

Hubby has all kinds of things going on with him that are being checked on in the coming weeks...tumor on the pituitary gland, back problems, soooo a visit to a neurologist, an endocrinologist, and a chiropractor are happening in the next couple weeks. All of these visits are with the VA. He is 80% disabled due to the neuropathy in his arms that is due to being diabetic and he was in Viet Nam and exposed to agent orange so that is why he was found disabled. We are even getting a handicap sticker for our car now. So it goes, a daily reminder...married to a diabetic.

BUT and it is a BIG BUT, his attitude has been amazing lately now that his pain is better managed with a narcotic and nerve yes! Life is a lot better lately for both of us because when he is is good.

Hear me, sisters? Can I have an AMEN? Manage that pain and keep them upbeat and our lives are a whole lot better...tolerable...nice.


Monday, December 20, 2010

Back problems...hope

Spent the day at the VA with hubby. He has spinal stenosis and some bulging discs that are causing the sciatica and painful episodes...he was told it will take a long time but with physical therapy three times a week and nerve meds and pain meds he can get through the ordeal. Might need cortisone shots at some point and if the PT does not help, chiropratic consult will be next to try.

Next we start the process to do something about the tumor on the pituitary gland which will be accomplished with visits to a neurologist and an endocrinologist.

Healthcare is a daily routine. Daily daily daily.

He signed on to Health Buddies at the VA and will get a modem that connects to the computer and send his daily sugar readings to the VA and a nurse there along with his clinic PA will more closely monitor his diabetes and daily managing of it. After all these years he is eager to be connected and have the checks and balances...encouraging.

I had a rough time of it last week with an infection in my breast...the breast that had a hematoma surgically removed...on Keflex and it is clearing up so hurray!

As we age and take care of each other it is a strengthening bond...but nonetheless all encompassing.

Two sons are here for a while and it has been a blessing...hubby can talk business with one and son's dog has been a godsend for hubby to pet and love...both sons are great pals to win. And having them around helps with the stress of coping with so much pain and limited quality of life.


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Pain Pills and Power

Hubby is on another pain pill and it has him feeling no pain but much so that he has me driving...that is (driving) something he still wants to do so...Pain or Power...Pain or Power. He is mellowing out to want NO pain and who cares about power over driving etc. zone out...painfree...more tests coming to see what is really going on...pain pills...temporary fix. We hope!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

hope or hopeless

Seems hubby has one medical concern after another and they roll right into the next situation.
Been suffering with sciatica or what he thinks is sciatica for almost three months now. Tried some meds but nothing changes the fact that he can't get comfortable. He can sit behind the steering wheel and drive and not feel too bad, but trying to walk is painful and trying to sleep is often challenging so unless we plan to drive around all is sucky for him...This month they are doing some testing finally.

He does watch what he eats and leaves food on the plate...he is trying. I am thankful for that. I love the guy and hate that he can't get comfortable. :(