Sunday, December 12, 2010

Maybe, a bit of progress?

Rex and Amy came down last night (we're about an hour away) to fix Ron's toilet. It's such a blessing to have a son-in-law who not only CAN do work like that, but is also willing to do it. Even working with a "clean" toilet, you still have some one else's toilet that you're sticking your hands into. Yuck...

Ron put his leg on yesterday and left it on for about 4 hours. He walked in the house quite a bit with his walker, which was really great. His left knee is the main problem, even though the fake leg still rubs a bit it's much more comfortable than his other knee. He's got the leg on again today but he's had to take several pain pills already this morning. That's really not good but it's the only way he can function.

We got his blood work yesterday (he sees the kidney specialist on Thursday) and most of the key things are out of the normal range. His white blood count, red blood count, platelets, and hematocrit are all lower than normal. His vitamin D is good (first time in several rounds of blood work). His creatinin is barely within normal, but his potassium is a bit high. His BUN/creatinin ratio is too high. Not sure what all of this means in the grand scheme of things or what Dr. Moussa will say, but we'll see.

I'm trying to just stay even and not get too excited over his use of the leg or too worried about the blood work results. He can change so quickly and go from bad to worse in just a manner of hours. So we just have to see how things progress and take it a day at a time.

It's so great to have a place where I can come and unload and not be worried that I'm going to stress someone else out or make someone uncomfortable with what I say. I have to keep a smile on my face where the world can see and where my co-workers can see, so it's nice to be able to express my fears and my concerns here. Even if you all think I'm batty, none of you have ever made me feel like I shouldn't say what I say. That's big. And, I appreciate it.

I wish you all the best of wishes as we head into the holiday season and into the new year. Best of health and the best of what life has to offer. May you all prosper in health and wealth. God bless you all.

8 comments:

Thisisme said...

God bless you as well Teresa. I am full of admiration for you and how you're coping with the situation you find yourself in. As you say, wonderful that you have a son in law that can do all these things and, more importantly, is willing to do them for you. A blessing indeed. (((hugs)))

That corgi :) said...

So good to have a son-in-law so willing to help!! Truly a blessing!! I think blogging is always such a great way to "vent" and "let out" things in an anonymous type of way like this. I hope you have a peaceful holiday season ahead and find joy in the simplest of things.

betty

jojo said...

sounds like a pretty good weekend (?) I'm glad to hear he has his leg on and is trying to get around a little...yay. I hope it's the beginning of more good things to come. Have a nice week, be safe and take care. ;j

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Oh, how lovely to have some good news and a fixed toilet! Your optimism in face of all of your husband's health problems is so inspiring.

ANichols.Too said...

Vent away--but I'm glad a little good came your way! I'll keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers that things will get a little easier for you....

caterpillar said...

This is good news...and I am happy for you...

Sandra said...

Sounds to me like he might have kidney issues? Or liver? The BUN/Creatinine being elevated means that his body is not clearing it. It's good that the testing is done though and now the doc can work on fixing things.

TinaM said...

Batty? Never!

You have soo much to deal with, and you are doing a great job in my opinion. Far better than I would be doing!

So vent away! :)

I understand you not wanting to get your hopes up, but I'm hoping for you!