Sunday, September 08, 2013
No changes on my beau's mom today other than her pic line failing in her arm, but they were able to get a line in her leg. The doctors are giving her 3-5 days and made sure that everyone knows its only an estimate.
I have never dealt with any sort of hospice care before and I can truly say that I am utterly amazed. Can you imagine if all health care providers gave the same level of care and support? Before anyone gets hurt feelings, I KNOW there are awesome and caring healthcare providers out there, but it is generally more time consuming to care for and support an entire family through such stress and emotion.
Out of the entire staff, we only had a problem with one RN, and that may have been caused by a breakdown in communication between her and us, or she may have been having a bad day, or...whatever. She was concerned that whenever Irene had a period of consciousness, panic, or the time she stopped breathing, her family surrounded her bed and held her hands and stroked her hair until she calmed down....the nurse made a comment that the family was 'hovering and irritating' her.
My thoughts on this are that from the time we are all born, we need comforting touch.
Touching lets you know that someone else is there.
I believe that comfort by touch begins before we are even born.
As I felt my babies growing inside me, it prompted many belly rubs from me, baby is supported in fluid and movement can be felt through liquids.
When I had my babies, their dad stroked their feet and hair as I held them as soon as they arrived.
Cuddling while feeding them and fussing over them for school picture days.
Kisses and hugs can mend a skinned knee faster than anything else.
As we grow into adulthood and find our mates, touch reinforces that bond with your partner.
At the end of our life, touch lets us know that we are not alone in our transition from this plane to the next.
When it is my time, I hope that I am as surrounded by love and touch.
I will leave off about this subject here with my favorite Forrest Gump line...And that's all I have to say about that.
It has been a rough week health-wise for me. We are eating out a lot due to running back and forth over an hour each way to the hospice and the night we stayed there, I just ran up to Walmart to get easy microwave stuff.
I know my salt intake has been gigantic as I can feel it in my fingers and toes. I am also finding that old tummy trouble from eating too much protein, too many carbs, sugar, and not enough veggies. I had bro in law stop at the store today and I picked up a few of those pre made salads, I wolfed one down as soon as we got home.
Premade is more expensive but they will be easy to take in my to-go bag that I put together today to take to hospice with us. Since we had not planned on spending the night there the other night, we didn't have clean clothes, medications, phone chargers, or anything with us...now we are better prepared.
We had a home cooked dinner tonight (and a second salad!) as we did not go to the hospice today, sis in law needs to get back to work early tomorrow morning (like 4am) and bro in law installed a ceiling fan in our room since temps here are still over 100...even with the AC going, it is still warm in the house.
I have been chugging water to flush out some of the salt and while I wouldn't call it exercise per se, but I have been getting in a bit of walking at the hospice....it helps me burn off a bit of stress and nervous energy but its not enough to work up a sweat or anything. And I don't have a way to track any distance with it.
My asthma cannot handle the heat during the day and even now at 10:30 at night, it is still 85 degrees and I am in a strange neighborhood so walking outside is out of the question for now.
Bro and sis in law have a pool and since we won't be going anywhere tomorrow in the morning, I am thinking of doing some walking in the pool after putting on a thick coating of sunscreen.
My beau is watching a football game (Cowboys) and they have 10 seconds left in the 4th to not get him peeved...he doesn't need the added stress, lol, so GO COWBOYS!
Take care and love yourself.