Monday, September 23, 2013
So I hate to keep blogging about my FIL but it helps me to get it out and I so appreciate all your support and comments. Yesterday when we went to visit we walked in and he was in bed again on IV with 3 pain killers in it. One was Valium. Both my DH and I were upset by this. The nurse told us that he was just about in tears saying he was in pain. I love my FIL but he is always a bit of a teary guy and cries easily. I know he is in pain but it's muscle related and not related to the surgery but the lack of using the muscles. At least that is what we are being told. Anyway I told the nurse that we don't want him getting all this pain med and that we need to work with him to get him moving more to work through the muscle pain which will be less and less if he can keep moving. It was awful to see him in bed again and all doped up. So frustrating! So once again we had another hard talk with him. I told the nurse no more pain meds unless they talk to us first. I also talked to the doctor and she was trying to explain to me that the meds were for the muscle contractions and was necessary to calm them down and that he will only be on the IV pain meds for 6 hours. I said fine but told her as well that my FIL is a bit of a wimp an will need to be pushed to keep moving. I think she got it. I finally told my FIL that he needs to work through the pain or and move more or he is going to end up in a nursing home. He said he wouldn't like that. So we will see today how things are. Our plan is to only have a nurse during the day today and have him be on his own tonight and then have a nurse the next day for 8 hours only and then him on his own again at night. I sure hope we are doing the right thing.
Fun time watching the Seahawks with our neighbors who are all from the Northwest and cheer for them as well. During half time we grilled Johnsonville bratwurst and I had put together baked beans to go with it. But because I can't have nitrates my DH grilled me a steak and I had corn with it. All of our friends understand that I have to eat according to my doctor ordered guidelines and it seems normal now that I don't eat what they eat. My steak was lean and tasted good. Can't remember the last time I had one. And I had a whole cup of corn with butter. was expecting the scale to show a bit of a gain, but actually was down a pound to 104.5. So I will have plenty of room for vacation gain if it happens.
I hope you all are doing great and hope you have a wonderful week.
Again, many thanks for all your support and comments. They do mean so much to me.