Thursday, September 30, 2010

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......

7 comments:

  1. thanking God for such wonderful news about your husband!! I bet he will recuperate so much more quicker too at home (of course assuming it is safe to send him home and I'm thinking the doctors wouldn't send him unless they were sure he was 'safe' to be home). At least he will be in his own surroundings and won't have the constant poking of nurses, interruptions, etc. Good to hear that he was up and walking about too! Is there anything that your husband can do differently so he doesn't get this again through his outdoor adventures?

    you take care of yourself too! I know you've been focusing on your hubby, for just cause, but make sure you allow yourself to get rest so you don't end up under the weather

    glad your sisters are coming to help out too!

    I forgot to say happy birthday (belated now) to Big One on your last post. I bet you all will remember his 20th birthday for a long time!

    hugs to you all!

    betty

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  2. Glad to hear there is improvement, however slight in your hubby's condition. You continue to hang tough. Will still keep you in my prayers.

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  3. Hopefully he will be home this weekend, and he will continue to get better! More prayers for ya!

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  4. Yay! I'm so glad to hear Mr. Funny is improving and may get to come home!

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  5. I find myself anxiously waiting for an update on the two of you. I am so relieved to hear that mrfunny is doing better. Just in time to enjoy the cooler Fall temperatures. It sounds like you have some difficult days ahead of you, but it sounds like you've discovered an inner strength that you didn't know you had.

    Like Betty said, please be sure to take care of yourself too. You will be of no good to anyone else if you get down.

    You are so right to treasure those you love because things can change in the blink of an eye.

    Continuing to keep you in my prayers.

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  6. Whew! I'm so glad things are looking up! You both need some serious taking care of. I'm glad the sisters are comimg.

    I hope the Little One is coping okay too.

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  7. I am so happy to see this update. I have been thinking about you a lot lately.

    It is amazing how much everyone's spirits rise when they hear the words "Going home".

    Take care of yourself.

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