New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Irish Babe
Veteran Member


Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 1371
   Posted 1/5/2010 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
On Sunday, I brought my DH to the hospital to have stents put into an artery. We have known about this since he went for the cath last month and it has been hanging over us all this time. The dr who was going to do the procedure thought my DH would need 2 stents in one artery alone, as it covers some area. He was pleasantly surprised, as were we, that he only needed one to do the job. The dr. said everything went well and he should be out of work till middle of next wk, then he will go back in for 'Stage 2', the second artery will receive a stent, also. That should be in a couple of wks.
 
Everyone there was so kind and helpful. His room mate and his wife were delightful, so it made the time pass more pleasantly, too.
 
After all the agita from my sister, she offered to drive us to the hospital, cause 'she likes to help'. OMG! I drove us in and made the round trips each day. I just brought him home a little while ago. He was so tired, so after the puppy got his lovin' my DH went to bed. It is so hard to sleep in a hospital, as I'm sure many of you know first hand.
 
I am tired and I hurt like crazy, the chairs in that place are horrible. A slat of wood, covered by a pc of plastic, as least that is how it feels to my body. lol. But I will start to feel better knowing my darling man is home w/ me. All is right in my world.
 
I feel like I have been holding my breath, now I can exhale. That is my good news for today!.
 
God bless.  Alice.
 
 

Sherrine
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 17101
   Posted 1/5/2010 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Alice, this is fabulous news!  I know how frightening that could be...waiting and waiting...and your mind can conjure up all sorts of bad things.  But, he came through it like a breeze!  Pretty soon, you won't have to think about this anymore.  Sleep well, my friend.
 
Sherrine
Forum Moderator/ Fibromyalgia
***********************
Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Diabetes, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Osteoporosis
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7


yo-yo
Regular Member


Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 159
   Posted 1/5/2010 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Alice,
 
Wonderful news about your DH.  Hope he recovers quickly and is ready for the next round of stent surgery. 
 
As for you, head for the heating pad, or a nice hot bath or shower for those aching fibro muscles. 
 
Big hugs. (((  )))
Y0-yo

Marlee2
Veteran Member


Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 6067
   Posted 1/5/2010 5:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad that is over with Alice and I'm sure the second one will go as smoothly. I laid in bed with Ken at the hos. last winter cause it was the only place that I could stand. They don't take the visitors comfort into consideration when they buy furniture where he was.
 
I'll be happy for your whole family when all this is over with and you can get on with the next thing.
 
luv and hugs
Marlee
Forum Moderator Fibromyalgia
 
Fibro,Sjogrens, Anxiety, Gastroparesis, IBS, Gastritis, Allergies, High Blood Pressure, Low Blood Sodium, Osteoarthritis and Celiac
 
Amitriptyline, Celexa, Xanax, Synthroid, Zyrtec, Micardis, Spironalactone, Tylenol, Reglan, Lidoderm Patches, Carafate and Prilosec
 
Vit D/calcium


Littleneck
Veteran Member


Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 599
   Posted 1/5/2010 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
That is wonderful news. Thanks for letting us know.

For the second one, ask his medical team (or charge nurse on the floor) if you could have a geri-chair to sit on in his room. Let them know of your fibro and I am sure they will be accommodating for you. I used a geri-chair while I spent a great deal of time overnights with my mom in the hospital - they are big padded armchairs with wheels on the bottom so are easy to move around. I hope you can use this instead of regular hospital chairs.

Irish Babe
Veteran Member


Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 1371
   Posted 1/6/2010 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your good wishes. Unfortunately, I spoke too soon.
 
My DH went in for a rest when he came home and got up shortly after that. He had the hiccups, which is bad news. Everytime he gets them, he starts throwing up. It went on for hrs. I kept telling him we needed to go to the ER, boy, he is one stubborn cuss. We didn't get to the ER till midnight. He is still in a holding room, they have so many ppl to admit and no rooms to put them in.
 
He looks terrible and feel worse. His endo came in this morning and found that another dr had taken my DH off his insulin pump. We told the nurse he has to be on it, can't shut it off for more than 1/2 hr, like for a shower. They don't get the point of the liver making glucose. They kept saying but he isn't eating, he will go low. Not these past few days w/ the meds they gave him for his procedure, and now w/ him so sick. Our dr sent him to an endo for a reason, I wish she would let that dr do her thing. He is throwing up blood, so we are waiting on the gastro and cardio to get in there.
 
I have had nothing to eat or drink since dinner last night. I haven't slept since 4am Monday morning. I finally had to come home so I could make phone calls to his bosses. My cell doesn't work in that dungeon. My DH said 'Go home and sleep', yeah like that is going to happen.
 
Littleneck, thank you for that suggestion. I will be back sooner than I expected, so I will see if they have some thing there that isn't crippling. My whole body is ragged right now. I will try to get into the shower soon, then my heating pad. I just wish he was feeling better, I'm so worried about him. Nothing is ever simple for us.
 
I thank you again for your kindness and if I may, I will ask if you could share some prayers for my DH. Thank you so much. I will let you know what is going on as soon as I can.
 
God bless.  Alice.

Sherrine
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 17101
   Posted 1/6/2010 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Alice, the nurse could be correct.  Your hubby's pancreas isn't producing insulin, or not much of it, and if insulin is put in his body, he could go into hypoglycemia and that would be very, very bad.  You can go into a coma and possibly die with hypoglycemia.  When I was in the hospital and totally off my diabetic medication, I was fine because I wasn't allowed to eat either.  But, once they started food, they checked my blood sugars frequently and I was given insulin shots.  I was put back on everything once I headed home.
 
Just try to relax.  I think they are doing a good job for your husband.  They will get his nausea settled down soon and remember, he is still getting better from his stent surgery!  That's good news.
 
Sherrine 
Forum Moderator/ Fibromyalgia
***********************
Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Diabetes, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Osteoporosis
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7


Marlee2
Veteran Member


Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 6067
   Posted 1/6/2010 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Alice I am sooooo sorry, I was hoping everything would go as planned but that never seems to happen in your life. I was going to tell you yesterday that there is a chance of him having a little pain cause when they open up the arteries the heart isn't use to that much blood but I didn't want to scare you. I sure never thought about anything else going wrong.
 
I'm sure he is in good hands and we will continue praying for him.
 
Alice, you have to take care of yourself too. I know that is easier said than done when the other half of you is sick and not home where he should be but he will understand. Ken kicked me out of his room last winter cause he wanted to make sure I was home safe and sound so he could rest easy. Gotta remember they worry about us as much as we worry about them.
 
luv and hugs
Marlee
 
 
Forum Moderator Fibromyalgia
 
Fibro,Sjogrens, Anxiety, Gastroparesis, IBS, Gastritis, Allergies, High Blood Pressure, Low Blood Sodium, Osteoarthritis and Celiac
 
Amitriptyline, Celexa, Xanax, Synthroid, Zyrtec, Micardis, Spironalactone, Tylenol, Reglan, Lidoderm Patches, Carafate and Prilosec
 
Vit D/calcium


crazykitty
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 4796
   Posted 1/6/2010 1:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Alice, praying for your husband, hoping he is feeling better soon. I hope you are able to get
some rest. Take Care.

Hugs, Robin

PS Is DH able to wear a nausea patch? Surgey makes me nauseas. If I ever go under again.
I will have a patch put on prior to surgery.
MCTD, Fibromyalgia, Raynauds, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Degenerative 
 Disc Disease, Hypertension, Migraines and Pseudothrombocytopenia MEDS: Methotrexate, Savella,Flexeril,Diltiazem, Boniva, Vitamins 


Irish Babe
Veteran Member


Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 1371
   Posted 1/7/2010 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for your prayers and thoughts. My DH was finally given a room after midnight. 24 hrs in the ER, oh boy! The cardio said his heart is good, the gastro is sending him down for an endoscopy in the morning to see what is going on, and the endocrinologist told the nurses and other drs that my DH is not to have the pump turned off, that he is the one in charge of it, not them. When he had the cath last month his sugar went up over 500, I told him I had read that Prednisone raises the BG, he didn't think I meant that much. His endo told him to treat it right then. This time in the 1st hosp for the procedure, he kept track of his numbers every 2 hrs and gave the dose accordingly. It kept his numbers in a very good range. When he gets sick his sugar goes up, even if he hasn't eaten a thing. He has been told from the beginning to test and give a shot. This current dr has said the same thing. Test and insert the numbers and give that dose.
 
Just as I was getting ready for bed last night, my sister called me. She was ready for an arguement. She had tried to call me and I didn't answer. She had needed me to take my mother to the hospital, because she had other things to do at that point. I have never not taken my mother to the hospital or dr or anything she needed to do, but I wasn't available. My sister had to call the ambulance. My mother sat in the ER for hrs, too. I wish I had known, but I didn't. I pray for patience, I really, really do. Thankfully, my mother is in a room, but 2 floors up from my husband. They are both concerned about the other, but not allowed to leave their floors.
 
I spent most of my day visiting each one and taking care of 'dr stuff' for each of them. Then I came home and had to make more calls to my DH's bosses. I don't know what part of 'He's in the hospital' they don't get, but I have to call in each night. It gives me something to do in my free time.
 
Robin, I have never heard of that patch, do you know the name of it off hand? I always get sick from the anesthesia, even when they pre-treat me before surgery. They finally gave him Reglan, the other med didn't help at all.
 
Marlee, you're right, they do worry about us, just like we worry about them. I guess that's why they are 'Keepers'. We are lucky and blessed.
 
Sherrine, I am trying to relax. I'm almost sure I have a gene for that. smilewinkgrin  Good thing my hair is white, because otherwise I would be going gray right about now.
 
Thank you all for your calming voices, you help me get perspective at this trying time. I hope you are all having a peaceful and pain free evening.
 
God bless.  Alice.

Jeannie143
Veteran Member


Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 6056
   Posted 1/7/2010 8:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Alice,
May the good Lord give you some good sleep, clear thoughts and energy as well as relief from your own pain while you travel through this rough time. Sending prayers and gentle hugs for you. Also sending prayers for your mom, her doctors and hubby's doctors as well.

Take care.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


crazykitty
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 4796
   Posted 1/8/2010 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Alice I'm sorry to hear about your mom also being in the hospital. Hope both your DH and
mother are feeling better soon. Alice I think you have the patience of a saint.

Sorry, I don't know the name of the nausea patch. I was just told to ask for one prior to
surgery if I ever go under anesthisia.

Take Care and hopefully you are getting some rest. Sending prayers.

Hugs, Robin
MCTD, Fibromyalgia, Raynauds, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Degenerative 
 Disc Disease, Hypertension, Migraines and Pseudothrombocytopenia MEDS: Methotrexate, Savella,Flexeril,Diltiazem, Boniva, Vitamins 


getting by
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 40603
   Posted 1/8/2010 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Alice,
 
Know that I am thinking about you and saying prayers during this difficult time. 
 
I am sorry to hear that your mom is in the hospital too.  But glad to know that she isn't far away from your husband.  You are able to see them both. 
 
This has been a really rough stretch, so make sure to take care of you.  They do worry about us.  I worry about them worrying.  I guess we are blessed. 
 
Take care my friend.
 
Hugs, Karen
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
 
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies


Sherrine
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 17101
   Posted 1/8/2010 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Alice, have you thought of becoming a nurse?  smhair   I am so sorry you have all of this to deal with.  I'm glad you got your hubby settled in.  I was surprised about the info about the insulin pump!  My sugars go up when I'm sick but nothing like that!  He's fortunate that you know what he needs and you fight for it, too.
 
I hope your Mom is better, too.  It's so hard dealing with two people sick but they will probably get better about the same time and then  you will be home free! 
 
I will keep  you, your husband, and your mother in my prayers.
 
Sherrine
Forum Moderator/ Fibromyalgia
***********************
Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Diabetes, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Osteoporosis
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7


MT Lady
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 955
   Posted 1/8/2010 1:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh dear, dear Alice,
I'm just now reading your posts. Of course you have my prayers, I will pray for your husband and mom and keep all of you in my thoughts and heart. Why bad things happen to good people, I will never know. I am concerned about you. You are probably running on adrenaline now. Please try to find some time to rest. I know that is easier said than done.
gentle hugs
Miriam

Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, back problems, hypothyroidism.


Marlee2
Veteran Member


Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 6067
   Posted 1/8/2010 5:50 PM (GMT -7)   
The bad makes us appreciate the good more Miriam. If that is the case Alice you should be one of the happiest women in the world when this is all over.yeah My ex DIL has been diabetic since she was 7 and she always gets sick to her stomach when her sugars are off. She has had the insulin pump every since my granddaughter was born 8 yrs ago.
 
Did they give your hubby general anesthesia or just sedate him good???
 
Your sister is unbelievable Alice, you have more patience than most people. The good news is they are at least in the same hos.
 
I pray they both recover quickly.
 
She is a nurse Sherrine, she just doesn't get paid for it.
 
luv and hugs
Marlee
Forum Moderator Fibromyalgia
 
Fibro,Sjogrens, Anxiety, Gastroparesis, IBS, Gastritis, Allergies, High Blood Pressure, Low Blood Sodium, Osteoarthritis and Celiac
 
Amitriptyline, Celexa, Xanax, Synthroid, Zyrtec, Micardis, Spironalactone, Tylenol, Reglan, Lidoderm Patches, Carafate and Prilosec
 
Vit D/calcium


Irish Babe
Veteran Member


Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 1371
   Posted 1/8/2010 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
My dear Ladies, thank you so much for your prayers and support. We just got home from the hospital, he is back home... again! Hopefully he will stay this time.
 
He had an endoscopy this morning, they found he has Gastritis. It could be from the meds they gave him at the hospital or the increase in aspirin they gave him. They gave him a med to protect the stomach, hopefully, this will help him. I did some reading up on it a little earlier and I want to bring it up for him to read. I think he is going to be on the same 'exciting' diet I enjoy - BLAND. Let's hear it for getting older.
 
My mother's Coumadin was way off, they had to change her dose. Her blood was too thick. She is so frail, but she is also strong in spirit. I had the hospital set her phone on my phone bill, so she could call out and not feel so isolated. Sometimes she gets lonely later in the evening, so this way she can call me or my sisters. I explained to her I have a hard time driving at night, can't see so I get nervous in the dark. We have had some funny conversations and some very sentimental ones, we have a good time together.
 
I am so thankful for the goodness of all of you. You have been so generous w/ your support and prayers. Thank you so much!
 
Sherrine, I have never thought of becoming a nurse, I can't stand the sight of blood - mine or anyone else's. I am a ninny around a needle. I have given my DH his insulin shots in the past, and I prayed for strength the whole time.
 
I am going to take a nice hot shower. Then cuddle up to my 'original' bed buddy. I have missed him so much. Hope you are all warm and pain free this evening.
 
God bless.  Alice.  

Marlee2
Veteran Member


Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 6067
   Posted 1/9/2010 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank God Alice he is HOME!!! I get gastritis very easily from meds and some foods. I keep carafate on hands at all times and some liquid lidocaine for when it is burning really bad. Hospitals make a cocktail with carafate, lidocaine and I think malox. He will be on the road to recovery in no time with the meds and diet.
 
Hopefully, your mom will be home in no time too.
 
luv and hugs
Marlee
Forum Moderator Fibromyalgia
 
Fibro,Sjogrens, Anxiety, Gastroparesis, IBS, Gastritis, Allergies, High Blood Pressure, Low Blood Sodium, Osteoarthritis and Celiac
 
Amitriptyline, Celexa, Xanax, Synthroid, Zyrtec, Micardis, Spironalactone, Tylenol, Reglan, Lidoderm Patches, Carafate and Prilosec
 
Vit D/calcium


Irish Babe
Veteran Member


Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 1371
   Posted 1/10/2010 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Good morning! The good news is my DH is feeling better, tired, but better. The not so good news is my mother's INR count (Coumadin) is now too low. Her dr is going to release her to a nursing home for rehab, he doesn't feel she should go home right now.
 
She is ok w/ that and so are we. The dr feels she is getting weaker, unfortunately, he is right. He also wants her to socialize in the rehab. All meals in the DR, not in bed. She tends to isolate herself too much. He feels this is due to the Dementia, mostly.
 
My mother remembers a lot of things, old and new. She called the other day to wish my younger son a very happy b/d. She even knew how old he was. He was delighted, he also adores her.
 
A lot of thoughts are going thru my head and I can't quite put them down on the keyboard. I guess it's all my fears playing out loud in my head. It feels like an 8-track playing in my head. Wow! Did I just date myself.
 
Marlee, forgive me for not answering your ? earlier. The dr knocked out my DH for the procedure, they tried to mildly sedate him last yr, it didn't work. They took out the big guns right off the bat this yr. Now, he doesn't remember some conversations we had before the procedure. At least he knows who all of us are, so that's a blessing. lol
 
God bless.  Alice.

Sherrine
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 17101
   Posted 1/10/2010 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Alice, it sounds like they are getting things under control with your hubby and that will ease your mind.  But, I do know you are worrying about your Mom.  The nursing home might really help her more than you realize.  I know that there have been times where I have isolated myself...mainly because of my hearing loss...and I do get a little depressed and am quite tired and I do not feel strong under those circumstances.  But, once I get going and out and among other people I perk right up again and have far more energy.  So, this could happen with your mother.  I certainly will keep your family in my prayers.
 
Sherrine
Forum Moderator/ Fibromyalgia
***********************
Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Diabetes, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Osteoporosis
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Saturday, December 10, 2016 11:21 PM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,736,222 posts in 301,362 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 151453 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, LvGuy1.
190 Guest(s), 2 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
LvGuy1, (Seashell)


Follow HealingWell.com on Facebook  Follow HealingWell.com on Twitter  Follow HealingWell.com on Pinterest
Advertisement
Advertisement

©1996-2016 HealingWell.com LLC  All rights reserved.

Advertise | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer