Our weather has been beautiful for the last several days...lots of warm sunshine, temperatures in high 40s and today low 50. However we are about to experience some severe flooding due to the melting snow and now expecting rain for about the next five days. We live very close to a large creek which feeds into the Monongahela River two miles away. I think it is about 2 feet from flood level. I am praying for everyone that may be affected in any way even along the smaller creeks. This is a problem is many, many places.
I love this sunshine and I'm so happy to be able to get out and walk in it. I also was able to ride my bike for a short while today although I have been busy with doctors, etc. not only for myself but for Ken also. We spent Monday in the ER for almost 13 hours trying to get Ken's leg taken care of...severe infection which he thinks is getting better. I am so happy that he thinks so. That isn't my opinion of course from looking at it. The doctors took an x-ray to make sure it wasn't broken (DUH) and also did a doppler test and ultrasound to rule out deep-vein thrombosis (DVT). These test results were negative. Amen!! They gave him IV antibiotics and wanted to keep him for a couple of days but he wouldn't stay. So they gave him two heavy antibiotics to take at home. He cut it at work on February 9 on a pile of metal that the construction workers threw in a pile in the boiler room and has been doctoring it at home, I thought. I didn't take care of the situation and should have at least kept an eye on it...although he is an adult and capable.
An accident report had been completed so there is no problem there. However due to the death recently of a local doctor (and a dear friend), his employer no longer has a workman's comp doctor. He went to my family doctor today...he hasn't been to a doctor in 18-20 years...and as they are not on the WC panel of doctors with the state and do not take WC claims, they were not able to treat him...could not even look at his leg. SIGH!!! After many phone calls and a couple of hours, we finally located a WC doctor who just specializes in WC claims and were able to get an appointment today. Praise God!!!
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Ken's leg is now so infected that he has cellulitis...very swollen almost double in size, deep red almost as dark as a port wine birthmark with a large open sore where it was cut which is oozing yellow pus running down his leg and staining his sock yellow as well as many other smaller (not little) sores that are also open and oozing. He says it no longer is painful and hurting so badly so he thinks the antibiotics are working. All I can see is the pus running, and infection, dark red and nasty open sores and the swelling to the point it looks like it could burst. If he says it doesn't hurt, I will have to agree with him. I have been praying and asking God to please provide a healing and to lead us to the best medical care so that he doesn't lose his leg...a distinct possibility if he doesn't get this infection stopped.
YOU CAN READ AGAIN IF YOU STOPPED ABOVE!!
If you have a moment, please keep Ken in your prayers.
I did make it to my appointment with my kidney doctor (nephrologist in Pittsburgh) on Tuesday morning, missing it was not an option with all the pain I have been having in my low back. This is very unusual for me and we still don’t know why. Dr. K did find blood in my urine and my kidneys are throwing way to much protein. She would like to do a biopsy on my kidney but as I only have one functioning kidney is hesitant as too many things can go wrong. That to me is not an option, unless it is the only option, which she doesn’t think so at this point. We are taking it one day at a time. However I still do not know anything as the results from the blood work aren't back yet. She will call me as soon as she has those results. Praise God that she is so good about that.
For all that is going on in our lives, we are truly blessed that God is taking care of us. He is truly the great Healer. Without Him in our lives, we would be in serious trouble at our house!!!
Blessings and hugs to all,
BTW: I found it interesting when I saw yesterday that March is Deep-Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Month. hmmmm....
God, our great Healer!!!
The sunshine and beautiful weather we are having
The changes in the seasons…happy that spring is almost here
Doctors who are led and knowledgeable through our great Healer
My family and friends
My Spark family, friends and teams
Marla's Miracle...making it happen for her and for me...Marla needs a kidney!!!
McKenzie who is always a blessing but whose mom is on vacation this week
My home and heat to keep us warm
Healthy food to eat
Spark People and our daily lives where we can continue to spread the word and share our blessings!
Thank you so much for reading my blog. Sorry that I don't always have enough time to thank everyone individually. With my spark friends and family in my life, supporting and encouraging me, my journey is a much easier one. I do read every comment. May God continue to bless you!!! I love each of you!!