Saturday, November 28, 2015
Friday, November 27, 2015
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Well, Woody did get to come home from the hospital this evening. Hip Hip Hooray! He is ensconsed in his recliner and says that it feels pretty good sitting there. Melany came up late morning and I headed home for a while and rested, showered, and just had some down time. We weren't absolutely sure that he would go home this evening. Woody once again did a lot of resting...hopefully good for what ails him. Melany decided that she would stay till the doctor came in and then stayed till Woody was dismissed. She helped to get him ready to go home while I made a "flying" trip to our pharmacy to get there before they closed. I made it. Got the prescriptions filled and then went by and got Nathan so he could drive us home. He helped take things down to the car and brought the car over to the patient pick up spot. We got him in the car and off we went. Melany headed towards Murfreesboro and the rest of us headed to our house. Woody had a welcoming committee when he got here. They helped open doors and turn on lights. When Woody got seated in his recliner, he saw the "Welcome Home" sign that the neighbor grandchildren had made. It's good to be home. I'm hoping that we both manage to get a good night's rest tonight. There's no place like home! Woody is very glad to be home...no longer tethered to an IV pole! Maybe I'll get back to posting pictures tomorrow night! Hope that each of you has a blessed Thanksgiving Day with family and friends.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Woody seems to be heading in the direction of being able to go home. He has been a "fairly" good patient. I felt uncomfortable when I posted last night about his relationship with the night nurse. Well, I was right as I got a call a little after midnight to come and take care of him! So off I went in the middle of the night...a bit of a comedy about of errors as you can't go in normal door,but through the ER...then you're have to sign in and then go down totally different halls. I did get there eventually. But according to Woody not quickly enough. So a long night was spent in the hospital room. I was "entertained" with all sorts of tales about this one nurse. Woody says that he hasn't but it seems that he has either dozed or slept deeply for a good part of the day...at least he was resting. He finally "allowed" me to go home for about an hour so I could eat a bite this afternoon and gather things so I can spend the night tonight. So here I sit. A few minutes ago he told me that next time he wanted Melany tI bait with him as she would break the rules! I just wouldn't let him eat something till the doctor said that he could. When the doctor came in this evening he said that he would let him go to a regular diet. So I offered Woody a banana from my stash from home...but it still sits on the side table. I really don't think that he knows exactly what he wants. Today is the third day after surgery...surely "things" will get better!?! He did take a walk a few minutes ago. Now he is settled back in the bed with covers tucked up to his chin and I think I detect snoring...but I am sure that he isn't sleeping! The doctor's report was good this morning. He said that his white count was down and that his creatinine level was back in normal range. So definitely progress is happening. The doctor said that we are aiming for him to go home by Thanksgiving Day. Now if we can both have patience with each other while he convalesces! At times like these he isn't always the most patient...nor am I! I don't like writing the blog from the iPad...can't go back and fix errors that I spot without jumping through a lot of hoops. Google (blog) doesn't like Apple products...so it makes it frustrating...so I will publish while I'm ahead...sorry for a missed letter or two or...will update you on more progress toward going home in tomorrow night's blog. I have to add a P.S. Guess who is his nurse again tonight! Oh, no! At least I am already here or I would probably be called again. I will stay here and keep on things and help him through the night rather than have him deal with his favorite nurse!
Monday, November 23, 2015
I'm going to skip a picture tonight. As the blog title indicates I have made a couple of trips to and from the hospital today. And, just got home from the last trip to the hospital...today. I think that Woody started experiencing the "third day after surgery on the second...but maybe it will be worse tomorrow?!? Hope not! Not that it was a terrible day...but compared to yesterday, it wasn't the best of days for him. Yesterday visitors couldn't believe that he was all that sick...if they had come today they might have realized that he is sick! He was sort of restless and couldn't get comfortable He isn't in a lot of pain unless he moves...and he is finding out how often he moves! It is quite hard for him to get up into a seated position as he has one arm that is rather weak and not all that mobile and his other arm has the IV in it...so it takes a lot of scooting and me "trying" to assist him to get up (I'm heading for the heating pad as soon as I blog!). The doctor says that he will be in the hospital for a couple more days as they have to pump IV antibiotics through him to overcome the infection from the ruptured appendix. By the time he is dismissed, I may know how to raise the head, feet, and middle on this hospital bed to Woody's liking (I never seem to get it positioned just right!). I'm being reminded of my Candy Striper days...boy that was a long time ago! He did take a good walk around the unit this afternoon...he went at a pretty brisk pace. When he got back, he was ready for a rest so I went home while he attempted to nap. The nurse reported to me that he had slept pretty good for part of the time that I was gone...so that is good. If the nurses don't bother him any more than they have this afternoon, they shouldn't intrude much on his sleep during the night. But I know that nights can be long in a hospital and he hates to call the nurses during the night. I told him that they need to hear that buzzer to keep awake...that he would be helping them...don't know that I convinced him to push the call button if he needs help or not!