a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Things I've Learned While At The Mercy Of Medical Care...

#1  PLEASE BE QUIET PEOPLE ARE HEALING  does not apply to staff, neither house keepers nor care givers.

#2  Comfort and hospitals do not go together.  They may be color coordinated and falsely cheerful but there is no comfortable spot here unless it is in the leaving.

#3  The healthier the food, the more disgusting it tastes...may only apply to food served here.

Sick humor again.  The staff is wonderful.
Thank you for all your prayers and healing thoughts.  I know I could feel you with us.  Could not have done this without your shoulders to cry on. Double thanks for the thoughtful follow ups and the special posts requesting prayer for Hubby.

Update:  Refraction rate is closer to twenty percent than ten so that is a relief.  His breathing is greatly improved and his blood pressure and water retention have both lessened significantly.

Testing, testing, testing.  He has to be worth saving before they put him on a list.  So far so good...no  TB,  no VD nor AIDS.  No blood clots. Basically they said he has to be clear of any other illnesses before they put him on a list for a new heart.  So tests will continue into perpetuity (I know that's usually a financial term but I do think it will also apply here.)

Look's like we're going to meet our major medical out of pocket expense again this year...oh, yeah!  I haven't checked to see if they cover transplants.  If it doesn't, I guess they can repossess the heart. Thank God we do have insurance.

Hubby sent me home to feed the cows and wash his favorite pjs.  I think he was tired of me telling on him to the nurses when he has a problem.

I just checked that load of laundry and have washed his leather belt!!!...but y'all know I'm half crazy anyway.  Andrew and I have weighted his belt down with books and boards and a trunk so the leather won't curl...

I over heard Hubby telling a friend on the phone that when he gets a new young heart, he's gonna get a new young wife because I won't be able to keep up with him then.  I smiled because he doesn't know I am already working on his honey-do list...and I flipped him off.  I'm bad.

Remember please, my perceived insensitivity is only my sick sense of humor...my survival mode.  (I cry when no one can see me.)

Oh, and I captured some ghostly orbs in the hospital garden....wooooooooooooo!  Scary.

28 comments:

Lynne said...

I must have missed the message about you leaving for the hospital. What is going on? A work up for a heart transplant? Send me a note when you can! I am thinking all good thoughts and heart felt prayers for your hubby and for you!


Irene said...

When the going gets tough, the tough get going, right?

Carrie Butler said...

Prayers for you and your family, Gail!

Maple Lane said...

Hi Gail,Thank you for this update and please know that I continue to pray.

carolina nana said...

Continuing to pray for your hubbie and you as you travel back and forth to the hospital. It will be good to have all those test done and know that there isn't anything else wrong with him anyway .
Blessings to you
Marilyn

TexWisGirl said...

20% sounds a whole lot stronger. glad everything else is getting better, too. and that they've put him on the list! i know this is a terrible thing to wait / hope for. but...

we donors are out there...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Gail, deal with it any way you have to!
Those are all good things - hope he continues to pass all of the tests.
Still in prayers.

Primitive Stars said...

Oh my, Gail but you make me chuckle......Love the orbs...... Still keeping you and Tractor man in my prayers.....Easter Blessings Francine.

DFW said...

Gail,

thank you so much for the updates, it helps all of us here keep up with the goings ons in your life, which we all care about.

Those orb pics are great!

Just hope the belt turns out smoothe & wrinkle (crinkle) free.

Dreaming said...

(((hugs))) to you and hubby. You have my brand of humor - I totally understand. I also understand the food, quiet, care thing having been with Dad a bit at the rehab place. Humor is the only way to survive it all!

missing moments said...

Glad to hear they put him on the wait list! thinking of you guys ....

LindaG said...

Great photos. *hugs* ♥

camp and cottage living said...

Gail
I'll continue to keep you and hubby in my prayers,
It's good you can both keep your sense of humor through this all!

Judy said...

Hospitals are no fun at all...

Linda Wildenstein said...

Gail: Sounds to me like you and your hubby are well suited to one another....humor especially. Love and continued prayers...Oma Linda

Josie Two Shoes said...

If one doesn't try to fit a bit of humor in the situation they would surely go mad! I love that you washed his belt, did you tell him? :-) Also loved that he has plans for his new heart, men will always be men! The orbs are very cool, you seem to attract them! Thoughts and prayers are with you as you wait on answers. XOXO

Laura said...

Keep up your humour and your amazing strength. And do make sure you cry - it's healing, in its own way.
Hope the belt survived!!!
Lx

Sandra said...

i agree 100 percent with your description of hospitals, nary a comfy spot for the patient or the people with the patient.. so happy he is about to get on the list.. still praying and sending hugs to you and your family while you wait.. oh nooooo on the belt washing...

Far Side of Fifty said...

Happy Easter..I hope you find a bit of Easter joy in the day today! Test and testing..I hope all goes well and he gets on the list. Hang in there! :)

SaucyKod said...

I do enjoy your sense of humour - I think we think alike and I love that. Good to hear tests are showing percentages back up rather than 10%. Yep, yah gotta make sure TM's system is clean n clear to make way for those new pipes. The orbs are most interesting and I agree with the taste of the food - doesn't seem to matter what hospital or care facility you are in, most of their "healthy food" is disturbingly untasty. Someone has got to teach those people to cook healthy, great tasting meals. Perhaps you can do that while TM has a snooze. Take care and prayers are in order on this Easter Sunday. lol

Rudee said...

Keeping you all in my prayers, Gail.

Roses around the door... said...

Hi Gail you and hubby are doing well, hold onto the positive, we are all with you. your humour is wonderful, it shows yours and hubbys love for one another...remember when he put your chair on the roof? :)
I AM KEEPING YOU IN MY PRAYERS. Best wishes xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

StitchinByTheLake said...

I volunteered part time as a hospital chaplain for a couple of years and I totally agree with you - noisy and uncomfortable! The chairs are either hard or straight backed; recliners are rare but so welcome when you find one. And the noise....I know the staff tries but they have business to take care of and sometimes that business is loud! I'm glad to hear that the news is better than you first thought! blessings, marlene

Empty Nester said...

Y'all would fit right in with our family. We have that sick sense of humor too. It gets us through. Still thinking of y'all and sending up prayers!

Sandy said...

Gail,

Hang in there sweetie!!!

One never gets to sleep/rest in order to heal in hospitals. I believe part of the hospitals standard operating procedures are to make all kinds of noise so the patient is eager to go home sooner.

Sending prayers for you and Dennis.

Susan said...

Hi Gail-
Stay strong. Have some faith, and know that all will work out the way it is meant to in the end. (I know, easier said than done.) -sj

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

Ya do know that humor is one of the great healers??? The Bible calls laughter good medicine so keep it up friend!!!

We're holdin' you guys up in prayer.

God bless ya'll :o)

Chickadee said...

*hug*. You're both in my prayers. Hope he continues to improve and heal.

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