I am sitting here watching what feels like the 10th episode of Orange County Choppers.
I am not a fan but hubby is and if he is happy, I am.
I have spent most nights here so I can take care of my husband and talk to the doctors when they come in.
Every morning, the infectious disease specialist comes in to check on him and every evening, his regular in-hospital doctor.
Yesterday morning, although he was stronger, had showered with my help, was eating better and was off IV fluids (as long as he drank lots of water and Gatorade), the specialist mentioned that he still had fluid around the lungs and his heart was still enlarged but not nearly as much. He said that for the past few days, he looked like he had congestive heart failure. He was concerned that it could be a separate issue but was almost sure it was from the fever and infection.
It feels like 2 steps forward and one step back.
Yesterday I drove home to shower, get clean clothes, do some laundry and visit with the little one for an hour. I also got a little bit of housework done.
I got back to the hospital at 9:30 pm and the lights were still on and he was watching tv and happy to see me. He has been asleep by 8 every night with help from a pain pill.
He said he was foregoing the pain pill for an Ambien.
He had a slight fever and decided to skip the sleep aid.
We both went to sleep around 12:00 (as he says, the poking and pestering starts around 5am)
After a better nights' sleep, the doctor came in at 9 and said that his lungs sounded clearer but all the time laying in bed is causing them to collapse which is why he has the fluid and is short of breathe.
He is supposed the sit in the chair and walk around in addition to blowing in the lung expanding machine to keep his lungs inflating so they don't collapse anymore.
He showered, and we went downstairs to the garden, walked around in the sunshine outside the hospital and talked.
I took him back to the room for lunch where we watched some tv and I took a snooze.
When he got up, we took another walk to the garden, the gift shop and back outside to enjoy the warm day.
It was heaven. Just the 2 of us on a warm, sunny fall day.
When we got back, the other doctor came in and said he would discuss it with the specialist but my hubby might be going home tomorrow!!!!!
I understand it is still going to be a long road ahead of us but I am hoping he is improved enough to leave this weekend!
I went to Panera to pick up some yummy French onion soup and an iced green tea for dinner.
Two of my sisters are coming tomorrow to help me so I am very grateful and thankful for them.
Hopefully I can pull out my fall decor very soon.
Again, thank you all so much for the kind words and prayers.
I am amazed at the miracles that happen all the time and this one was a biggie!
Also, the doctor said he had dealt with a number of Ehrlichiosis cases and it has always been very bad!
I didn't dare ask if he had lost anyone to it.
Have a fantastic weekend and enjoy your loved ones, you never know when your fate can change......