to let you know the latest. The nurse was here lat Tuesday saying that
basically my body is shutting down. My kidneys are not working, and my
lungs are not fit for anything.
have very little strength to do anything. This is because of the lack
of oxygen. It is all I can muster to get out of bed and into my Jazzy.
Then back into bed out of my Jazzy. I am staying in bed all but about
3-5 hours a day.Any new information I'll pass on to you.
Today, Thursday, a good friend of Marg's from high school is coming for a visit. I think she's coming this morning, then this afternoon the Hospice Chaplin is coming by for a visit.
Some visits from other friends lately. Last Tuesday evening Jennifer, and 3 of her children stopped in for a visit and she stopped Zaxby's and picked up some chicken for our supper. She was on her way from her home in Leesburg, VA to Louisiana. Chattanooga just happens to be halfway,. so she stops here and spends the night.
Here is a picture of Jennifer and me.
Then on Saturday, Kenda stopped in for a visit on her way back home to Ohio. She stayed a while, then came back on Sunday for another visit before leaving on the way home.
Here is a picture of Kenda and me. I look pretty rough laying in the bed. : (
Then on Sunday my sister and her husband came over and spent the night. They left Monday morning heading back home. They brought us a bunch of pictures he had made of our flower gardens and some of all of us.It is really a pleasure to me for friends to drop in for a visit. Earlier in the year, Marguerite and her daughter, Heather came and spend several days here in Chattanooga. In talking to Hank the other day, he and his wife Mary are planning on dropping in about the middle of September for a visit. I've met Hank, but I haven't met his wife Mary. As far as I know, this is all of the visitors we are planning on having in the next few months. I'm sure my sister will be back over at some near time.
I have gotten to the point where I can't go anywhere. I am too week to gt in the car to travel, and don't have the oxygen to do it with either. I am using my Bi-Pap mask most of the time now. I can get a lot more forecable air down my bronchial tubes. I don't have any way to use it riding in the car.
first house we lived in that I can remember was on Rockwood Ave. in
Rockwood, TN. It was a two story clap board apartment house. I was
about 4 years old. I just barely remember living there. I think our
next residence was in Delray Beach, FL. We lived there for a few
years. I know I went to the first grade there. This is the place
where my sister and I would sneak out of the house at night and go
play on the local high school football field. We did that for many
nights. One night,my sister fell under the bleachers and cut her
knee. We had to go home and wake up mom and dad. This brought an
end to our nightly escapades on the football field. We left Florida
after my 1st grade and moved back to Rockwood, TN.
think we moved to a row house. These were built for men who were
working at Oak Ridge, TN. We lived in several houses in Rockwood for
the next 10-12 years. From the row house, we moved to an apartment
house on Kingston Ave. From this house we moved to N. Chamberlain
Ave to a rental house. From there we moved to a house that we
bought. We lived there until I gratuated from Rockwood High School.
don't know why we lived in so many houses in one town. My dad was an
electrician. He worked for TVA. He worked at steam plants in
different aread of the country. My mom was a school teacher.
a little information about my recent health problems. I am doing
some better right now. I am able to get out of bed and go to the
dinning room to have my meals. Sometimes I'll sit on the side of the
bed and eat, depending on how I'm feeling. I try to get up a few
times a day, to eat or go to the living room and work on the computer
some. I am trying to keep up with the Coffee Shop Gossip Forum. It
sure don't take long for a lot of posts to add up tho. That is good,
it means that a lot of people are posting.
now, I can't walk by myself. I have to hold to Margaret or Jennifer
or Tony to get to and from the bed to the Jazzy, or from a chair to
and from the Jazzy. The Jazzy is the only means of getting around in
the house. I have no way of going out in the car to go someplace. I
just don't think I have the energy to get in or out of the car at
sure hope I can approve in the coming weeks. I would love to get
back to going in the car to dialysis and not using the ambulance. I
really get tired of riding in that thing. I'll
have to get better with my breathing first tho.
I have been doing better the last few days. I have been getting out of bed and staying up for a few hours a couple times a day. Usually in the morning and afternoon. I am still taking a nap sometime during the day tho.
Today I got up at the dinning room table for lunch and for supper. I sat on the side of the bed this morning for breakfast. The Hospice Nurse came for her weekly visit following lunch. We had a good visit. She turned in a refill for some of my medicine. Those will be delivered tomorrow.
My sister and brother-in-law are coming for a visit this Sunday. He is going to take a few pictures of Margaret and I. I want to have an 8X10 and some 5x7's made. Some of our friends want a picture of us.
The last few days I have been doing some better. I have been getting up and sitting for a period of time. I have been getting up to the table for my meals. I still can't go out anywhere except to the patio. I still get winded pretty easy, and have to lay down for a rest. I sure hope I get to doing a lot better soon.
I'm looking forward to August 5th. Another one of my forum friends, Jennifer Gutleber is going to stop in for a visit, and have supper with us. I will be glad to see her again. She's got 2 of her kids with her this time.
I sure was hoping for some outside setting time this weekend, but it's been a slow misty rain last night and supposed to do the same today and tomorrow. That knocks me out of sitting out on the patio for any fresh air. We do have the windows open in the house and the house feels great inside for now. Hope it doesn't get too how where we'll have to close up and turn the A/C on.
I'm sorry for being so long posting anything here in my blog. I am, and have been very sick for the past month. I have evidently had a stroke that has affected my colon and lungs. I don't have enough O2 to get any good breaths. I wear my Bi Pap mask for the extra air that is forced into my bronchial tubes.
I am basically home bound. I have gotten very weak during the past month.. I usually stay in bed most of the day. I just want to sleep mostly.
I can't go to any stores, restaurants, or malls. because I just don't have the energy or oxygen to do so. I can't go anywhere except by ambulance. They take me to dialysis 3 days a week.
couple weekends ago, I had what is called a Vegas Nerve Stimulation.
Following this I was in a slight coma. I was unconscious for a
period of time, and my lungs were affected. Now my lungs are just
about shot. I am having a very hard time getting enough air to
breathe. I am having to wear my bi-pap mask in order to get more
oxygen forced into my lungs.
I am now going to dialysis in an ambulance. I spent a good 2 weeks
in the bed, sleeping most of the time, and not eating much at all.
Hospice Nurse had a Respiratory nurse come and access me the other
day. She took me through a bunch of breathing exercises that helped
out a lot. Today I have been up out of bed part of the afternoon.
Getting on the CSG forum and catching up on my emails.
hope I can continue to improve.
morning Margaret woke up with a headache across the front of her
forehead, and feeling clammy. She had worked outside in heat of the
day yesterday in the flower beds planting flowers. She took a shower
last night before going to bed.
morning our daughter, Jennifer, came over and took her to the
emergency room. Tony, my SIL spent the day here with me. None of
them will leave me alone cause I might pass out. She had been
vometing so that would be the best thing to do. She was there about
8 hrs. They gave her some saline, did blood work, an EKG, chest
x-ray and a stress test. They sent her home with some nausea
medicine and said they thought she had gastritis. It's 6pm now and
she's still in bed. She is going to try to eat a baked potato for
sure hope she feels better tomorrow. She'll probably sleep the rest
of the day and night.
I did a lot better in dialysis. I weighed out at 103.8 kilos. That
is several kilos less then I had been weighing out before. I had
ben weighing out in the 104 kilo area for a long time. One thing
that happened was that my B/P stayed up through most of the
Margaret got some stones to make a wall at the edge of the driveway
up next to the house. After she made the wall, she planted a yellow
rose there. It had been in another flower bed. It was making it too
close there. She also transplanted several of the pink azales from
two of the beds to other beds in the yard. Three of them she moved
to the front of the house in front of Indian Hawthorns.
am hoping to go out to eat tonight for our anniversary, but I don't
think Marg thinks I'm not in good enough condition for that. I have
had to lay down two times today to rest.
This morning Marg, Jen and I went to Cracker Barrel for breakfast.
We then came home, I went to bed for a while for a rest. My sister,
BIL and one of their daughters came for a visit around 1PM. They
brought us a very nice 4 in 1 crystal bowl/cake plate/vegi dip and
chip bowl. For supper we grilled hamburgers and hotdogs. We also
had shoe peg corn and French style green beans casserole, baked beans
and potato chips. For dessert we had Some of our anniversary cake
with ice cream.
also had an edible fruit arrangement from our friends Marguerite,
Heather, and George Johnson.