Good Morning; Son is home. He is much better than he was this time last year. Doctor has given him proper pain meds. He is actually going to the bathroom with his walker himself. In the hospital, they got him up and he took a shower. Last time, he was draining for over a week. This time he has no bandage and no draining. He was actually given 2 extra days than he had before and I think the 2 extra days stabilized him. The drive home was grueling for him - 75 miles- some of it country roads. My Dh and I are taking 6 hour shifts each to monitor him. He insists that we do not need to do this. He has it! I do not feel he "has it" at all at least just yet. We have to balance his over confidence with reality without bruising his ego. The first experience was so terrible for him especially, but for me and my spouse it was a nightmare. I am grateful that he got such a good surgeon this time. Too bad he was not given this quality the first time. But you need to move on and move forward. I pray that he continues a good recovery and the Army allows him to heal properly. I am starting back on my treadmill today. I need it for stress relief and me, just have to work it around his sleeping. Have a good day. Get some movement in soon. Thank you for your prayers!!!
Good Morning; it is early - leaving for hospital soon. Not quite sure what is going on. Son is stressed - he has a fever and is sweating severely. My son is a soldier and he thinks he can handle anything on his own. He wants to leave the hospital and assumes he is today. I do not have the same feeling, but I will not be surprised if he is released any ways to us. My DH and I are going to talk to nurses and see what is going on. We are assuming we will get more answers. I have the house ready for whatever happens. He feels he will be more comfortable at home. My DH and I have experience from the last surgery, but I hope the fever goes down. That is my concern now b/c he did not have one last time. We were planning to visit today but was just waiting for an invitation. We were told not to come until he wanted us. He wanted to handle things on his own. I feel strong and am ready to be an advocate for my son. I have always been there for him but it is a delicate balance juggling his bravado and his willingness to let us help him. It is amazing when I get in this mode - warrior mom - I do not think about food. I have a mission. this is what I need to stay focused on exercise, portion control and nutritional food. Maybe I can learn to treat myself with the same warrior attitude for the battle of the scale. have a good day!! for all your support!!
Good Morning; As you all know, I have been distracted with my son. I think he is getting out of the hospital tomorrow. He has not called yet today. I have spent all day making my family room into a hospital room. I have not been doing anything formally as exercise but housekeeping and movement in the house. I have actually lost weight. Starting tomorrow, the stress level will ramp up again. I have done this before last January 2011. It is very hard to stay focused on you when some one so critical is in your care. I will try to work on eating right, movement thorough every day activities. Every thing focuses around my son. If he is still in pain like he was the first time; the stress just wears on you. This time I got to talk to the doctor and told him that the team has to work on regulating his pain meds. This was not done last time and actually he came home without some of his meds. It was a nightmare. We had to go back 2 times to get more. I am praying that this time it will be smoother for my son and us as his caretakers. have a good day. Get up and move!!
My BP and glucose is OK. I thought my BP would be very high but it is not. I have been practicing much deep breathing for stress relief.
Good Morning; yesterday I took my son to the hospital. He had told me that he did not want me to stay at the hospital. But when we got there, I asked if I could come in for a cup of coffee and say goodbye. I got in the hospital and then he told me that I could stay if I had nothing better to do. I had planned to have my Kindle and phone charger with me just in case.
I was so thankful that I was able to get updates on my son's surgery every 2 hours. It was very exhausting. I left Greg at the hospital in much pain last night. The nurses were working on him to give him more pain meds. He says the pain is worse than it was before. Greg says he feels that someone took a ice cream scoop and scooped out his spine. I told him that they did. Nurses think he is coming home Friday. I think it is going to be a nightmare again with Greg the first week. That is the really bad week.
I spent much time talking to my DH. He reassured me that we can handle it again. It is so awful seeing your child in such pain.
I have much to do today to get the house ready and get food in the house b/4 Greg comes home. I think he will be released on Friday which I think is crazy.
DH called his mother who was a nurse. She told me to go home and let the nurses take over. They have to work with Greg and regulate his pain meds. She said that some pain is very hard to manage. Spine surgery is one of them. I truly do not understand how he can be released so soon after spinal surgery. I am retired but what about the families who are both working. How does an average military family handle caring for injured warriors? God bless them all.
Good Morning; I feel the prayers coming. The support has been amazing. Thank you!!
My son left this morning for pre-surgery tests. He is going to get his paperwork for a medical leave out of the way also. Just recently he found out that the process was changed. His buddy had to wait for hours after surgery to get his paperwork approved. My son is going to get it done today if possible. After knowing what my experience has been with the Army through my son, I admire our service personnel so much. We expect so much of our military especially those so young. They need us as their advocates. Say prayers not only for my son but for the many others that need our prayers, too. some of these brave people have no one at their sides. have a good day! I was up at 4 am to see my son off. I think I am going to take a nap. You are special!! Remember movement is needed for a healthy body.