Sunday, May 21, 2017

Mr H Day 2 update

Yesterday was not a good day. Oh Dennis is as he was----- it was the phone call from him at 7 AM that started the day. He had a migraine from Friday night and they had not yet given him an Imitrex.  Well, now that will not do. So dressed and off to see what happened. When he was admitted they took the list of his medications so why is this a problem? The admitting doctor did not sign off on the Imitrex. I stood at the nursing station and insisted that they call the doctor to get it sign off....after a few calls it was and then Dennis finally received the med. Okay let's move on. The roommate that he had...key word here is had.....seemed nice but never spoke to us. When sharing a room you really need to be considerate. Sharing space is suppose to be just that, shared space. It means your TV or radio should be at a quiet level, talking on the phone should be  not a loud conversation and oh yes, you and your wife do not need to each be on your separate phones having loud conversations at the same time for an hour. The man was in for a kidney stone which was removed on Friday night and was feeling, in his words, really good. Here we have Denny not feeling good at all. I spoke to the RN.   As I was standing there with the RN, a transporter arrived and said he was there to escort Denny for tests.....to Cardiovascular Ultrasound. The nurse said he did not have an order for this so as he was checking it popped up in the computer. Darrel arrived that quickly. I joined in and one half hour later back to the room. They found a Critical DVT..... a blood clot behind his left knee. A new concern to deal with. The RN came in to explain about the injection and before I could faint (did I mention I do not like needles) he gave Denny an injection in the abdomen. My poor guy never flinched and stated he could do this if need be when he went home. I asked the RN and CNA to stop by the room on my way out to hear for themselves B bed and his choice of evening  telecast and they understood. Well, off I go to come home to do laundry and eat when the phone rings. The hospital calling to say they have moved Denny off the unit to private room. The floor he was on does not have private rooms. Who knew? Okay...so now can I eat? Goodness me, what do I find in the fridge but a lovely piece of steak that I had put on the bottom of the fridge to thaw on Friday morning! Now what? This is something that Mr H always cooks. After some fretting and then remembering how he does cook our steak, I pan seared it and then into the oven and it was delicious. Getting into the swing of cooking I am. Pat my back I did! Off to bed early I went and now here it is 3 AM and I am up and needing a cup of tea. I tried tatting yesterday so that did not work well with all the interruptions, so today it will be cross stitch. I really want to say thank you for the love and caring words for Denny and me. My long time friend and RN, Diane D in Rhode Island, is an Oncology nurse and is helping to explain things as I need. Long distance but nevertheless, there for the help. We have known one another since 1979 or so....long time indeed. What will today, day 3 hold? Whatever it is, I am ready and with all the love and encouragement Denny and I will handle it. One step at a time. I will be there to run interference and to ask questions and to reach out for those hugs and support when I need to. Thank you my dear friends for all the hugs because we do feel them. Thank you too for your opinions and encouragement because I really appreciate you. Maybe there will be a stitching picture soon....maybe.

15 comments:

KimM said...

Dearest Grace - I've been remiss keeping up with my blogging friends....I'm so sorry to hear about your ordeal and angst. Sending cyber hugs to you and Dennis. I may be miles away, but know I'm with you both in spirit. Take care, love and prayers to you both
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Unknown said...

Prayers hugs love peace
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Vickie said...

Oh Gracie. Such a shame, to run into "exrra" issues. What a comfort you are to Dennis. He knows who can get the job done!! Hugs and prayers for you both.

Janice said...

When my Daddyo was in ICU for 2 months I made more dishcloths! Used to sit with friends in the waiting room before I could get in, or while nurses made the rounds etc and crochet till I was dizzy.... then give them out to people I met in there waiting for good news from their loved ones. Glad you got things straightened out for Dennis. Good girl Gracie for jumping right in and speaking up! Praying today is a good day and finds Dennis feeling stronger and seeing you by his side gives him assurance there's nothing you can't face together. Hugs and kisses. ...

Debbie said...

Hang in there Gracie.....keep asking the questions and getting answers. Shared space can definitely be a blessing or a curse, so glad Mr. H has a private room.

Take care of you so you can take care of Mr. H.

good luck with day 3.

averyclaire.org said...

Thanks for the update...I am still praying and will not quit! Hugs to you...keep strong. God grant you both peace during this trying time!

Lynda Ruth Bowers said...

I am sending you prayers and hugs to get thru this. Dennis will be okay. Love to both of you.

Shelly said...

So glad you were there to set things straight. I went along with my dad to ask questions because I knew he wouldn't and that what he was told he wouldn't remember. A second set of ears is best. Thanks for the update. Still have you two in my thoughts:)

Lelia said...

Oh my - hugs!

Vicki said...

I'm so thankful you have Diane to help you out - even long distance is a huge help. Am continuing to pray for you both...

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Oh Grace, I've just been catching up on your blog posts and I've read the news about your husband. From someone who has gone through this diagnosis with my husband (three times now) the only thing I can say is take one day at a time and don't try to take too much on board at once.
You will feel overwhelmed at times and this is natural - if you want to ask anything just email me. My husband had non hodgkins lymphoma in 2003 and his most recent cancer and then the spread this year has been tough to deal with but we're getting there. Stay strong for yourself and for hubby.

shirley flavell said...

Thinking of you both, best wishes. So glad you have spoken up with some issues and got results.You can do it, you will do it for yourself and DH:)

Ninetta said...

I'm praying that you will be brave and strong for you and your dear, my best wishes.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Poor Mr H is so lucky to have you to advocate for him. I hope that things will get better for you both.
At least he has a private room now, one perk of paying I suppose! Here it is all wards, usually of six beds, so very little peace and quiet! Even if you draw your curtains all around.

Julie said...

Hoping the move to the private room has helped and with the quiet and rest and correct meds he will be much improved on your next visit. x