Thursday, November 21, 2013
My wife has now been in the hospital for nearly three weeks with a serious internal infection. She has had two surgeries and is now dealing with a secondary infection. Although the infection is starting to respond, progress has been slow. The biggest problem now is that she shas no appetite - not even for her favorite foods. She also has lost much of her strength and can no longer support her own weight. Doctors told us yesterday that once her infection is cleared, they will transfer her to a rehab hospital where she will stay at least 2 more weeks. While necessary, we are both tired of hospitals at this point and will be glad when she can come home.
Thanks, everyone, for the thoughts and prayers. While I am still getting some walking in every day, my nutrition has suffered. Like many of you, I don't deal with extreme stress very well. I haven't gained a lot of weight, but my weight loss has definitely come to a stop.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Our old digital scale "bit the dust" yesterday when our bathroom flooded because of a broken shower head. I bought a very expensive replacement, but, lo and behold, it weighs one pound heavier than the old one! It is probably more accurate, but it is frustrating when you are in the middle of a challenge! I may have to subtract a pound from my weight every week until the challenge is over and then acknowledge the new weight.
It would have been nice if the scale could have been one pound lower... lol
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Many of you have asked how my wife is doing. (She has Amyloidosis and suffers from kidney failure and extremely low blood pressures). Although we try to remain positive, things aren't looking so good. She was removed from the kidney transplant list because the head doctor doesn't think a new kidney would survive after the surgery because of her low blood pressure (41 over 27 a few days ago). This is a shame because her brother proved to be a match for her - he also passed all of the rigorous testing. The other frustrating thing is that her kidney failure is what caused the low blood pressure. A new kidney could raise it again if it would survive long enough. Without a new kidney, things are looking very bleak as the doctors have tried what few things they can to raise the pressure. We also looked into acupuncture (which supposedly can help correct low or high blood pressures), but the clinic decided against it since her pressures were so low - they didn't want to take a chance that the acupuncture might lower it even more.
Her home dialysis is also not proving to be very effective, and she cannot go on hemodialysis (the type they do at the centers), because it does not remove the fluids sufficiently and results in even lower blood pressures. In an attempt to help make the dialysis more effective, they have now put my wife on a regime where she goes through dialysis 12 hours of every day - not much of a life.
As I said, we are trying to remain positive, but the truth is that she is going downhill very rapidly. I appreciate all the thoughts and prayers from everyone.
Sunday, August 04, 2013
Well, we just got back from our ranch a couple of days ago after clearing brush for 5 days. Even though I normally don't clear brush this time of year (100 degree temperatures), the local county is getting ready to implement another burn ban, and depending on the current drought, it could be a very long time before I can burn the cut cedar. The "cedar" (actually a juniper) is a non-native species that is taking over much of Texas. It takes a lot of water from the ground and chokes out many of the desirable trees (like our pinion pines and native oak varieties). The more cedar I get rid of, the better chance for the native species to grow.
I spent 4-6 hours a day this trip cutting the cedar with a chainsaw, stacking it into piles, and burning the cedar. Below are a few "before and after" pictures showing some of the work that was done:
Here is a picture of me after a morning of clearing in the heat. Not a pretty sight!
I got a lot of fitness minutes in and lost 3 pounds during the trip. I would have lost more if I would have kept my calories down a little.
The only bad thing about the trip was a "close call" with the chainsaw. I've used a chainsaw most of my life and I've never had an accident. A branch on a falling limb, however, knocked the chainsaw back into my leg. The chain cut through my jeans and left a 4" long shallow cut in my left thigh. Luckily, it didn't bleed too badly and I was able to go back to the cabin later and clean and dress the wound. To say I was lucky is an understatement. Although it is healing nicely, I will have a nice scar to remind me to be a little safer in the future!
Now that I'm back home, I've got to remember that I can't eat like I did at the ranch. Although I'm still doing my daily fitness, it just doesn't compare with that I did the past week. I've got to stay in my calorie range if I'm going to continue to make progress!
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