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Nightmares and a funny story about identity....

Thursday, April 29, 2010

I had nightmares about my legs. I won't go into the details but part of the dream was trying to walk to the hospital. It seemed I kept getting lost and I was walking and walking and my legs kept getting worse along the way.

In reality I know where the hospital is and it is only about 2 miles from my house (I think I will drive, also). It is a hospital I haven't been to for about 20 years or more, but I was still in the registration area of the computers. However, it was my previous name (I remarried 10 years ago).

I went to the hospital (the one I work at) about 9 years ago and felt very unwell when they admitted me for asthma and I didn't look at the wrist band (they had put my previous name on it) and my husband called the hospital and asked for me and they said I wasn't there. I remember looking up at the small chalkboard in my room and wondering who Pearson was (it was me). It probably took me about 8 hours to realize my name band was wrong.

Moral of the story: Look at your wristband when you check into a hospital....


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CARRAND 4/29/2010 9:27PM

    Yes, you really have to be alert to be in the hospital.

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DJS-DEBBIE 4/29/2010 8:40PM

    I hate nightmares!

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STOPTHECRAVING 4/29/2010 2:41PM

    Good reminder to always double check!

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YOYONOMORE1 4/29/2010 9:10AM

    Good point, check those wrist bands.

Hugs,
Shirl

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MUSIC66 4/29/2010 7:55AM

    oh i will when they do my finger also i was able to move my apppoint to may 18th for my knees as they are really sore to see the surgan about them as they need attention too.

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PLAYBLUES22 4/29/2010 7:25AM

    HHHHMMMM emoticon

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MSLZZY 4/29/2010 6:52AM

    Good idea. emoticon

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staying active and taking care of myself

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I rode the recumbent bike 15 minutes before work today and swam in the therapy pool for 55 minutes after work. I talked to vascular surgeon's nurse and scheduled an ultrasound of the legs and a visit with the doctor to check my pulses in my feet and legs. I hope nothing serious is wrong. I am sure losing weight will help whatever it is. Hopefully no surgery will be required. I seem to have neuropathy in the feet so hope that is something that will go away. I know exercise helps me feel better and sitting at a desk all day is the worst. I have to wait until May 11th (almost 2 weeks) for the test and exam. I scheduled a half day off work.

  
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ANGELFMABV 4/29/2010 8:10PM

    Good luck emoticon to you with your doctor appointment. I am glad you feel better when you exercise emoticon. You would think that would be a good sign! emoticon In the meantime I will send up prayers to be with you until you find out some promising news. emoticon Ha too bad the docs cruise was canceled emoticon Good for you on being able to get in! emoticon

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TEDDYTEDDY 4/29/2010 6:13AM

    About waiting 2 weeks to see the doctor: He was supposed to go on a cruise and be gone most of the month of May, so I lucked out to get an appointment in only 2 weeks!!! The ship needed repairs and there was no replacement so his cruise was cancelled. (Toooo bad!!!)

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DJS-DEBBIE 4/29/2010 6:10AM

    Doctor's schedules are ridiculous, aren't they? I hope they can figure out what is wrong. I am sure that losing weight will help. That therapy pool sounds great!

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MSLZZY 4/28/2010 10:07PM

    Wish it could be sooner but doctor's schedules are a terror. Take care!

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Slept well last night...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Went to bed early and slept nearly straight through. Yesterday I woke up at 2:00 a.m. and got up and never got back to bed until 9:00 pm. That was a very bad move and I don't plan to repeat it. Next time I have trouble sleeping I will only stay up an hour or so before trying to go back to sleep. Yesterday as a result of staying up after so little sleep (probably only 4-5 hours) I was exhausted and my concentration suffered, also pain tolerance was poor.

I plan to feel better today. Also, will go to therapy pool after work as it is Wednesday.

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CARRAND 4/28/2010 8:24PM

    Sleep is definitely needed to stay on track. I hope you have many more good nights. Does exercising in the pool help you sleep?

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CATLADY52 4/28/2010 12:43PM

    Getting more sleep is definitely recommended, but the therapy pool can only help you relax enough to do it. Just don't go to sleep in the pool!

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LUCKYDUCK2 4/28/2010 12:22PM

    That was a long day!

Enjoy the pool today.

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NJMATTICE 4/28/2010 8:26AM

    I like that. "I plan to feel better today." It has a nice positive expectation to it. I am back from my hiatus and it is nice to see you again. Keep up the Healthy Living.
Fondly,
Nancy

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MSLZZY 4/28/2010 6:43AM

    Getting enough sleep is so important. Glad you slept well and pool therapy should make you feel better. Have a better day today. emoticon

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ANGELFMABV 4/28/2010 6:08AM

    Therapy pool sounds so relaxing. So glad to hear you got more rest last night. Have a great day! emoticon emoticon

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AAKROYD 4/28/2010 6:08AM

    Happy to hear you slept well! It's so important to wellness!

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Alzheimer's and dementia

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Unfortunately the diagnosis of probable Alzheimer's with small vessel ischemic dementia has been made regarding my husband's mental decline. I was told in 1 to 3 years he will need constant care but for now he is okay to be alone while I work. Of course, he is in denial and won't accept this diagnosis as the outcome is a progressive decline which is not something anyone would want to accept. From this point I have to make all the decisions and I have decided the first step is to get ready to sell the house (where I have lived for 27 years). With my knees the way they are I will have to hire someone to help as I cannot do this myself. Because of my hands I have a 10-lb lifting restriction and my knees won't allow me to stoop. I can sort items but will need to have someone carry out boxes of items to donate and throw out. The next step after getting ready to sell is not determined yet. Hopefully, our home will sell quickly and at that point I will have plenty of more decisions to make regarding our living arrangements. I guess this is time to see the counselor again as I feel indecision taking hold of me. I keep hoping for an easy solution but realize that is not going to be the case. emoticon

  
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MUSIC66 4/29/2010 7:50AM

    sorry about your dh diaganoise i will pray for you.

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TEDDYTEDDY 4/27/2010 9:29PM

    Thanks everyone for your kind words and suggestions. I have already gotten power of attorney and medical power of attorney signed by my husband as he realizes he cannot deal with the bills, etc.

I am exhausted tonight and am going to bed early cause I have been up since 2:00 this morning and never went back to bed. I guess my mind was working overtime....


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DJS-DEBBIE 4/27/2010 9:21PM

    Teddy, seeing the counselor is a great idea. So is seeing a lawyer. You need to make sure you are protected while you still can.
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ANGELFMABV 4/27/2010 6:32PM

    Teddy again I am so sorry to hear this. If I can be of any help you can send me an email and I will see what I can do to assist you. I will send up some prayers for you and your hubby. emoticon

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ELAINESHAFF 4/27/2010 11:09AM

    I am so sorry to hear about your husband. I and my siblings went thru this with my father. For us it was heart breaking. From my experience you need to see a lawyer for Power of Attorney AND Power of Attorney for Medical Care. Before things get too stressful and overwhelming, talk to an attorney. Also, if there is an Alzheimer organization in your area, get in touch with them. They do have some wonderful resources and can help you out.

Take care of your health also. You will feel at times like being pulled at both ends. But remember your health.

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Remember your Spark Friends are here for you.

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GARYJAN 4/27/2010 9:05AM

    So sorry to hear about your dear husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
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BIGT_56 4/27/2010 8:34AM

    (((( emoticon))))

Yes, you really need to see a lawyer (if you haven't already) and get things lined out. As I recall there is an issue with his family and you don't need them aggravating an already hard situation. Remember that you need to take care of you too.

Wish I was closer to you and I would come help you move. I have done it for my sister the last two years and I am getting pretty good at it. The main thing is not to get too sentimental when you are deciding what to keep and what to let go.

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JUNIAATROME 4/27/2010 8:33AM

    This is a very tough one EVERYONE tries to push away and not think about such a possibility. I'm really sorry it has hit you and your DH. Take a little bit of time to accept this, too. As always, don't look at the whole deal - one step at a time is burden enough. I'm wishing you strength wherever you need it on the way.

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 4/27/2010 8:14AM

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HOPE2BE 4/27/2010 7:59AM

    We have a nursing independent living home here in Joplin called Spring River Village. You can call and see if it sounds like something you'd like. They have independent quarters, real homes or apts. and if someone needs more care they have that too. Its a place people want to get into when they get old or need help in taking care of themselves or others. 417-782-3770 Just thought it might help you.

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MSLZZY 4/27/2010 7:16AM

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SAPNA. 4/27/2010 7:15AM

    It would be very helpful to sort out a power of attorney while your husband is still compis mentis. If you wait too long you may have problems being allowed to sort out your husbands affairs. My sister and I did this for our parents and it made dealing with their affairs so much easier. We also have them for ourselves so that our children can take decisions for us if we sucumb to the disease. Ours cover finances and medical decisions. It is well worth the outlay. I am so sorry that you have not got better news about your husband. Non of us know who may be struck down by this dreadful disease. I hope you get plenty of help and are able to find the strength to see this through. God Bless you.
Myrna.

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AAKROYD 4/27/2010 6:03AM

    Keeping you in my thoughts

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JILLIEWILLE1 4/27/2010 5:17AM

    Keeping you in my prayers. emoticon

How is your husbands B-12 levels?

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WINDSONG~ 4/27/2010 4:58AM

    May you find the strength to get you through this.

I have a good friend with this and it is sad to watch her decline but she has been this way for 5 years and still knows me.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/27/2010 3:57AM

    Praying for you and your DH...

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Odd schedule...

Monday, April 26, 2010

Not working today. Taking hubby to doctor to get results of neuropsychiatric testing done almost a month ago. He is pretty worried about it. I am expecting some clarification of his condition but not expecting any definitive answers.

Day to day, I see not much change in him but I am having difficulty dealing with his decline in general. I have so much going on with myself it is hard to stay focused on him and perhaps that is a good thing.

I am going to the gym this morning to swim and whirlpool and loosen up those knees and ankles. This afternoon is when we see the doctor for him.

Will do update later if anything is new. emoticon

  
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ANGELFMABV 4/26/2010 8:10PM

    I do hope all goes well and you both get some well deserved answers. Have a great workout and will forward to your update. emoticon

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MSLZZY 4/26/2010 7:00PM

    I'll be thinking of you and hoping for good results! emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 4/26/2010 1:28PM

    I know I am being optimistic but I do hope you get some clarification. It must be hard with him still thinking he can go back to work.
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JOYCEMARIE9 4/26/2010 9:28AM

    Good luck to both of you it is hard to watch someone we love have problems we want a quick answer and fix and that is not always possible all we can do is be there for them for any support they need. It is very important you take care of yourself so you are able to give this support. Again good luck to both of you.

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CRAFTYDEBI 4/26/2010 9:27AM

    Just saw your comment & checked out your sparkpage. Wow! You're a warrior & I just wanted to send you a "hello" and some encouraging words. You know health is the goal & you're on your way...while supporting your hubby in his health challenge. May I offer a prayer for you both today & wish you well on your journey!

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