Friday, February 27, 2009

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Hubby has the flu

I didn't get any sleep last night because Jon was throwing up all night long. Every hour or less he was in the bathroom puking his guts out and making these horrible wrenching sounds. I wheeled down the hall and through the bathroom door I asked him if he was alright and he said "I'm fine" . . . sure didn't sound like someone who would be "fine". Our son, Jason was staying over and was sleeping on the sofa, and so he was kept up all night, too. We both felt sorry that we couldn't do anything for the poor man.

Finally, the vomiting subsided and he is now hurting all over, trying to find a comfortable place to lay. He was on the sofa for awhile, trying to distract himself with television, but no use. He is now back in his bed, sleeping with his breathing machine mask on (he has sleep apnea).

We were worried for awhile that he would have to go to the ER so my son stayed until we were certain what it was and then he went home, which is probably best because he doesn't need to get this crap. I, on the other hand, can't escape it and will be in a real pickle if I start with the barfing. The wheel chair doesn't fit through the bathroom door and I have to get my walker and hop over to the toilet. I don't think I would make it if I get what he has. So, we will think positive that I won't catch it.

It's raining and dreary today. Good thing it isn't snow, though. Snow makes getting the wheel chair to the car really difficult and I have to go to the doctor tomorrow to get a new cast and see if the infection is gone. Yes, it got infected and I am still on antibiotics for that. My two smaller toes on that foot are numb and hope that is only temporary.

Going to go get me some coffee with Barvarian Cream coffee creamer. I love all the different flavors there are now.

I'm back

Well, I had the surgery for my foot and ankle and it was more complicated than we expected. The whole foot had to be re-aligned. They also had to remove a section of the tendon that split and reattach that tendon to a different tendon. Then he had to clean out scar tissue and then he fixed damaged ligaments and for the gross part. He had to remove bone from the front of my heel where it meets the foot bones and then insert two real long screws, like pictured, to hold it all together. It's not very pleasant. I can't put even a smidgen of weight on it. And with the back surgery, crutches weren't an option. I am wheel-chair bound for six or more weeks!

The incision in the side of the foot is HUGE. Real long and wide. But that doesn't cause as much pain as those damn screws in the heel bone into the foot. Sometimes it just aches and won't let up. I have my pain meds but would like to wean off of those pretty soon.

So, I had the surgery on January 28th and am three weeks today in the cast. I get a new cast every ten days. They take it off, send me to xray wearing a long white soft stocking and then come back up and put the plaster back on. Three more weeks to go till I get a walking boot if all is fine, and then four weeks in the walking boot. I'm wondering what my heel will feel like to walk on. I have to start therapy when I get the walking boot and start getting the function of my foot and ankle back, I hope.

I also hope that this is the last of the operations in my life. With all these scars and screws, etc I am getting to feel like a repaired battleship.