Saturday, October 08, 2011
I brought the BW home this afternoon - with one new prescription and orders to delete one and cut another in half, and to go see the pain doctor and her internist again. All in all she went from pretty critical to "nearly fine" again. Not bad for a three day stay, but it probably would have been prevented if she had actually had the blood test done requested at her last doctor visit. It's too bad we didn't cry for help sooner.
Thursday, October 06, 2011
The BW just called – she is finally out of the emergency room and in the hospital with a better bed. She has been feeling exceptionally bad for the last few days, and yesterday said she wanted me to take her to an urgent care center, then changed her mind and said “In another hour.” I finally convinced her that now was the right time, and took her down to the one in front of Lowe’s, on the service road next to US 19 N.
After two hours, the doctor there suggested strongly that she go to an emergency room where they had access to equipment the urgent care center didn’t have – they could take an X-ray, but not do a CAT scan, for instance, and do blood tests in house and quickly.
I delivered her to the emergency room, and the waiting area was well filled but not packed, which is different form all the other experiences I have ever had with emergency rooms, and it only took about 45 minutes to get her onto a bed. Unfortunately, she had so many complaints that I was running in and out of the place getting things from the car, and eventually left her there because they guaranteed that she would spend the night there. I had to go home to let the dogs out, so we agreed that I would just come back today. I didn’t get to bed until 2:00, and slept in until 8:00 this morning.
Today I made two trips to the hospital – morning and afternoon, and it looked as if she was going to spend the second night in the emergency room because there still were no vacant beds in the hospital. Fortunately she just called and gave me her room number. She had a much more comfortable bed, her blood pressure is down form 196/95 to 117/78, and she doesn’t feel so bad. Her electrolytes are still not back to the normal range, but she does fell some better. I’ll take her the current list of stuff she wants in the morning – she didn’t want it tonight.
She also doesn’t have a diagnosis from anyone yet, but does know that her kidneys are normal – in good shape.
Unfortunately I know a little too much medicine for a civilian, so I’m not as confident as she is, but maybe the mess that has been going on for two years will finally be resolved. I just want it to be a good resolution, where she gets back to somewhere near normal.
Monday, October 03, 2011
2/20/1993 Saturday – I found $2417 in my savings account yesterday. It had been there since the 5th. A check showed up with a “misc.” code and they didn’t know what to do with it, so they put it in my savings account. If they thought to send a receipt I haven’t yet received it. Anyway, I feel better and expect another $2447 on or before 1 March. It cheered the BW up too. Meanwhile, Everett (my youngest brother) and Cindy, his wife, were here for a week.
I’m not getting the full retirement check yet, but the interim amounts will keep us going, so I feel a lot better. I was starting to think that we should have stayed in Indianapolis until the paperwork had settled down.
Sunday, October 02, 2011
The weather seems to have changed here. Usually it’s at least the middle of October before it cools down much, but it was a lot cooler – 68 degrees when I took the dogs for a walk yesterday, and only 58 degrees when I got back from the walk today. That’s what I call a real cold front – I went outside and it was definitely cold this morning. After a 2 ¼ mile walk I didn’t have a bit of sweat on me, and the house was only 77 degrees when I woke up this morning. We have had the thermostat set at 81, and usually that’s cold when you come back inside, but not today.
These daily notes aren’t very consistent or long, and they leave out a lot, but they do jog my memory about things I had forgotten. The drinking water being so bad that we almost couldn’t drink it was the reason we bought a water purifier from Sears, and the original trailer was a 10 year old one that would run completely on either electricity or gas – including a gas light fixture in the front of the trailer. It was probably the one most adapted to boon docking, or dry camping, and we never did just park for the night. With the second one, we did a few times, and with the third, which was the least suited, we did fairly often. After staying a week at an Escapade in Victorville, CA I bought a second deep discharge battery to fill the space allowed for one in our 96 Alumalite. We ran out of battery power (the light fixtures were all (and only) 12 volt). I had to back the van up and run the engine for an hour in the afternoon the last three days of the week in order to be able to see until we wanted to go to bed. After that we never again stayed more than a day or two in one place without hook-ups, and I eventually gave the extra battery to another guy who wasn’t worried about keeping the weight of his rig down.
2/13/1993 Saturday – Blood pressure 150/90 just now. Not great, but low enough to avoid medication. The BW worried because I clenched over spending $2500 in 12 days. After discussing we decided that the real issue is lack of income. Right now OPM owes me about $3200. In two more weeks they will owe me $6400. I want the money.
Saturday, October 01, 2011
2/12/1993 – Did taxes yesterday and sent along the 8606 forms I forgot today. Today I got my teeth cleaned and the van’s tires rotated and installed four new hub caps on the trailer (48 hack-saw cuts to make fingers for insertion). Van looks better. Went to Yoga last night. Had spaghetti and pizza for lunch, but my blood pressure is up anyhow! Got to go see Frank now.
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