Saturday, January 21, 2017

Saturday and Breakfast Out

I slept pretty well again last night. I didn't get up until almost 6:00.

Bob came over at 7:00 and after I had taken some more Tylenol, we went to Eggberts for breakfast. That was the first time I had been out of the apartment since Thursday except to take Jim's paper over to him and to take the newspapers over to Marilyn's mailbox.   I had an omelet this time with a biscuit. By that time the Tylenol had taken effect and I was feeling less sore.  The soreness is the only problem I have. It really isn't such. It is just sore where the surgery was done.

I won't do much today. When my Kindle is charged, I will download another book. There is certainly  nothing on TV.

Tomorrow I will give my sermon at church.  Then Bob and Phyllis and I will eat out somewhere.

More later....

Well my system is fully working again..thank goodness.  Maybe now I will begin to feel better. I don't think I will do anything but read today.  I want to be able to feel even better tomorrow. It will be a bigger day.

More even later...

I read most of the afternoon. Then I decided to bake some cookies. After that, I went back to my Kindle and did some organization on it.

Bob came over around 5:00 and stayed until shortly after 6:30. He had not had a nap. He had a nice visit with Denise, his daughter, instead.  

After he left, I took my shower and lay with Missy on the sofa until 8:00. I noticed Scott and Ginger were under a tornado warning so I texted them about it. Scott was home and aware of it but Ginger was in the operating room and was not aware of the danger.

I finally just went on to bed....hoping for the best.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday and Doing Better

I was absolutely exhausted last night. I went to bed at 8:30 and slept until 6:00...unheard of for me.

I woke up twice in the night to go to the bathroom but got right back to sleep. It had been such a big day. Bob came over and stayed until 6:30. When he left I took a sponge bath and lay down on the couch for a couple of hours. Then I went to bed.

When I got up and dressed Missy was ready for her breakfast. In all the excitement, I think I forgot to give her the evening treats.

Karan was here when I got home from Bartlesville waiting for me. She was ready to run errands.  She didn't stay long. She went out to the nursing home to visit David. I sent him the socks they gave me at the hospital. They have non skid bottoms. She came back after that and checked in on me again. Then she went to give blood. When she checked in on me after that, she brought me some cut up fruit. I had some of that with my oatmeal this morning.

She is going to bring me a cinnamon roll and Utopiachino after their exercise class today. I am not up to going or I would.  I can't lift more then 10 pounds for awhile and the exercises would probably be too much for me right now.  Yesterday afternoon while I was working on Sunday's sermon Missy wanted up on the daybed behind me. She can no longer jump up there so I picked her up and sat her down there. Then I remembered......she weighs 18 pounds.  I hope I didn't hurt anything.

I had several phone calls while at the hospital. Marilyn called and also Judy and Joyce called. That was good of them.

I will eat my beans and cornbread for lunch. Bob will be on his own, I guess. He had his day before yesterday and didn't want any more. I will freeze the other container.  They will be good another day.

More later....

It turned out Bob came over for soup and brought a relish dish and crackers.  I warmed up the soup.

He then went over to Braums and bought my milk. I took a nap after lunch and he went out to church to check everything out and to see Denise, his daughter, after that. Missy and I lay down on the sofa and took a nap. Karan came by and brought change from this morning. Actually she left the entire $20.00 and evidently bought my cinnamon roll and Utopiachino.  That was sweet of her.

Even more later....

In the afternoon, Marilyn R. came over and visited me and brought me a "get well" card. While she was here, Gay and Adele and two friends came too.   Gay thought I was doing very well. She had had this same surgery years ago. I took some Tylenol in the afternoon to alleviate some of the soreness so I was feeling pretty good at that time. 

By the time Bob came over, my Tylenol had worn off and I was pretty sore again and feeling exhausted.

Bob came over at 5:15 and stayed until 6:45.  When he left, I took my shower and lay on the sofa with Missy and read my Kindle. I had downloaded the book I didn't get to finish in the hospital...the one on Leslie's tablet. After I finished the book, I went to bed.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thursday and Home Again

It's been an experience, that for sure!

I got down there at around 6:00 AM  and didn't have to wait long to go to the pre-surgery room. I was prepared for surgery and the anesthesiologist came in with his assistant. They visited with me about the anesthesia and when I asked what sort of recovery I could expect, they told me Dr. Peaster would be in to discuss that with me. But that didn't happen. They took me right into surgery and put me under.  I awoke in my room and felt fine. Leslie was there and I told her I was feeling fine and had no pain.. just a little stinging feeling.  We talked for awhile and then she had lunch with me and afterward left to go home..

This morning I woke up at 3:00 feeling that I needed to go to the bathroom. I was catheterized but I sat on the commode anyhow. Then I noticed quite a bit of blood and fluid on the bed. I didn't know if that was to be expected or not.  The aides that were in there were new and they didn't know either. Evidently the nurse was involved elsewhere so I just asked them to change the draw sheet and that big pad on the bed and I went back to bed when that was finished.  I figured I would ask him about it when he made rounds in the morning. Surely he intended to give me some post op instructions.  That didn't happen either. I told the nurse I needed to talk to him and I wanted the IV and catheter taken out so I could go home. A catheter is an invitation to an infection. She said if he didn't come by 9:00 she would call his office.

He came at quarter of 9:00. He asked me how I felt and I said " pain of any kind, I am happy with the surgery . But I do have questions." First I told him about the experience at 3:00 AM.  He said that was perfectly normal,  I said that would have been good to have known at the pre-op period before the surgery......if there had been one.  He ignored that comment. He asked me what I took for pain and told him anytime I had pain, which was seldom... I took Aleve. He suggested Tylenol since he did not want my blood thinned. I said fine,I would get some. I asked him when he was going to remove the packing and get me ready to go home and he said, as he was going out the door, that the nurse would do that. I had lots of other questions but he was leaving. It was 9:00 and I was really angry. He spent less then 15 minutes with me.

I asked the nurse at 9:00 when she would be able to get it done and she said she was dispensing meds and would do it when she finished.  It was 10:30 before she finished. When she came in and heard my story, she suggested I had a valid problem with him. The woman in charge of Patient Relations called him and suggested he had better call me since I was angry. He called me and told me that he had had that discussion with me in recovery.  I told him that I didn't even remember recovery...had no memory of it at all. He insisted that I was perfectly lucid at the time. I told him my first lucid memories were in the bed in my room. I was perfectly happy with the staff. They did everything they could to keep me comfortable. But that doctor has a lot to learn about patient relations.

The nurses instructions: I am not to drive for a week. I am not to lift more then 10 pounds. I will need to shower instead of bathe. There's more but that's the gist of it.  She also said I could do my sermon on Sunday.

I am perfectly satisfied with the surgery but any doctor should know that the recovery time is no time to give instructions to anyone.  I am to go back to see him in two weeks. If everything is going well, I may just skip that.

Leslie took me to lunch and then sent flowers.

Here are the flowers:

Aren't they pretty?

I have been working on Sunday's sermon. In the excitement of the week, I forgot I was scheduled. 

So more later...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wednesday and Surgery Day

I slept well until 3:00 AM and from then on it was off and on...mostly off.

I finally got up at 4:30 and just gave up. I am not supposed to wear any makeup or jewelry today so all I had to do was dress, wash my face and and brush my teeth. I am just wearing jeans and a sweater to the hospital. Last night the nurse called and moved my arrival time for the surgery to 7:00...instead of 8:00. I am taking my billfold and slippers and a directive. I will need my ID and insurance cards and I am supposed to wear non slip slippers when I am back in my room after the surgery. I will wear my same clothes to go home tomorrow.  

I finished the book "Hidden Figures" and Karan and I went to see the movie last Monday afternoon. It was very good and very wholesome. Just goes to show you you don't have to have violence or sex to make a really good movie.  The trouble I have nothing to read in the hospital.

Both my boys called last night to wish me well for the surgery. I called Leslie about the change of time. Bob will take me the 15 miles to Tyro where we will meet Leslie. That will keep her from having to come over here to pick me up and then drive back over that way to take me to Bartlesville.

I will text Bob in about 15 minutes to wake him up. We need to leave here by 6:00 to get to Tyro by 6:15 or 6:20. Then Leslie and I will go the rest of the way to Bartlesville and Bob will come back home.

Before I leave I will feed Missy and take my two pills with a half cup of water.

I will not be posting more today. I will be back online here tomorrow sometime.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tuesday and Hair Day

I slept well again last night. It has been so good to get good sleep lately. I hope it continues. My surgery is tomorrow. I don't know what to expect.

This morning Bob and I will go to Independence and I will get my hair done. I want to go to their Walmart store and get some Progresso soup and a few more things while I am there. I may be eating that cornbread and beans for awhile and soup will be a welcome change.I will put some of the ham and beans in containers for Bob and later this afternoon I will bake the cornbread and take some of it to Marilyn R, my neighbor too. I fixed a half pound of beans so there is plenty.

Then Bob and I will eat at Big Cheese. 

This afternoon after we get back to Coffeyville I also need to pay my car insurance. It is due tomorrow. Since I will be on my way to Bartlesville tomorrow for the surgery, I will need to get that paid today.

Gay and Adele are to come to see me on Friday if I am up to it. I will just play it by ear.

I'll get back to this later. I want to get dressed and ready for the day.

I have had my breakfast and gave Missy hers and her treats too. 

I had my hair done in Independence and then Bob and I went out to Walmart there and I bought a few groceries. We also went by Sayer's Ace Hardware and Bob bought some sale jelly. Then we had lunch at Big Cheese pizza  and we came home to Coffeyville and I took Bob home.  I am drying my clothes now. I went by the bank and made  a deposit and then went by Shelter Insurance and paid my car insurance. I will bake some cornbread in a little while and see if Marilyn wants some too. I will dish her up some of the ham and beans if she does, I'll take it over.

I believe I am ready for the surgery now.

So more later...

I got the cornbread baked and the ham and beans divided into four bowls. I gave Marilyn some and some cornbread and Bob will come over to feed Missy after he gets back from taking me over to Tyro to meet Leslie.  He will come over at noon and warm up his cornbread and beans here at my apartment.  I will eat mine on Thursday. I also bought some Progresso soup for my lunches at the Independence Walmart store this morning. .  I have cereal and oatmeal for my breakfasts. I am not to eat or drink anything after midnight tonight. In the morning I can have a half cup of water to take my two pills. That's all. 

The nurse called this evening to move my surgery appointment up an hour.  I am to be there at 7:00 AM now. ....instead of 8:00 AM.  So Bob will run me over to Tyro at 6:00 and we will meet Leslie at 6:15 - 6:20 something like that.  I called Leslie to let her know. Both my sons called this evening to wish me the best for the surgery. Ginger texted me. I have the best kids. Leslie will stay at the hospital during the surgery and keep the boys informed about how it is going.  She will come back over there on Thursday to take me home. I'm supposed to have someone there with me the first day and night but I will be fine. I keep my cell phone right next to the bed and if anything unforeseen should happen, Bob is just four blocks away.  I'm not concerned.

There is nothing on TV tonight. I have been all over the dial and cannot find anything to watch. So I am going to go to bed early. I set my alarm for usual arising time. I did that just in case I overslept. It's 8:30 now and I usually go to bed at 9:00. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday and no Exercise Day

There will be no exercises today because it is Martin Luther King Day.

I slept really well last night. I woke up two times but went right back to sleep. I slept until 6:00. It has been years since I slept until 6:00.

Missy and I have both had our breakfasts and I am just catching up on the blog and will download some photos soon that I took yesterday at the MLK service.

This is a photo of the keynote speaker, Her name is Delice Downing and she is the Director of Student Life as well as the volleyball coach at Coffeyville Community College. She had a heartrending story of her journey at "Living the Dream".

These are the three sixth grade winners of the essay contest. The theme was "What the Martin Luther King Day Means to Me". Each approached that theme in a different way and they were required to read their essays to the congregation. The tall boy on the right, DeAndre Shobe, won $25. for his. The middle girl, Kendall Vest, won 75. for hers and the winner...on the left, Anna Elliott won $100. for hers. The woman behind the mike is Karlas Moore, one of  the 6th grade teachers at Community Elementary School in Coffeyville.

I don't know what I will do today. I could go to the market and get the small amount of groceries I need. We will have leftover spaghetti for lunch. I have some more garlic bread and we will have that too. I cooked beans yesterday and I will leave some of those for Bob for Wednesday when I have my surgery. I have corn bread mix to have with them. He may have them both Wednesday and Thursday because I won't be released from the hospital until Thursday some time.

I hope this surgery works. I am not all that impressed with the medical community. My first bad experience was when I went to a specialist to have my second bunion surgery done and it failed. He said my only other option was to have the Keller procedure done. I checked into that and learned that procedure fails 70% of the time.  Of course I chose to just live with the bunion.

Secondly, the doctors were not able to diagnose my Bob's problem until a week before he died. The surgeon our doctor sent us to to get the biopsy did not want to do the biopsy since Bob also had type 2 diabetes. Then he lied to our doctor and said we did not want the biopsy. That's why we went to see him. That's what the appointment was all about. I told our doctor that he had lied to her. Then we went to Bartlesville to a radiologist who scanned Bob's chest and immediately said "Well, this is cancer but we won't know what kind until the biopsy comes back". He then did a needle biopsy. Why Dr. Lynn didn't do that is beyond me. We went home and our doctor called in hospice when she got the results of the biopsy.

Bob had developed lymphadema in his left arm in the fall of 2009. It swelled terribly and was painful. We went up to the hospital and a nurse explained the procedure for wearing a sleeve to compress it.  He had multiple MRIs and CT scans but nothing was detected. There seemed not to be a clue that there might be some reason for all that swelling. He had not had breast surgery..the usual reason for all that swelling.  So he dealt with that until May of 2010 when he died. 

When I had the erysipelas on my face, they had it diagnosed as cellulitis and gave me an antibiotic that did not clear it up. That was the first week in February of 2012. It was March before I finally went to Dr. Eslicker, a Bartlesville dermatologist, and got it correctly diagnosed.  He told me it could have been fatal since the infection was so near my brain.

So, I am not all that impressed with the medical community. I hope Dr. Peaster doesn't disappoint me.  I wouldn't have the surgery here in Coffeyville. Dr. Lynn would be assisting Dr. Howerter and I wouldn't take my cat to a liar.

More later....

I looked up the showtimes for the movie I wanted to see. Bob was here at the time but he showed no interest if going so after he left, I called and asked Karan. She wanted to go so we went to Bartlesville where the movie was showing at 1:40 and watched it. It was  "Hidden Figures" and it was excellent. It was a movie about the brilliant black women who worked on the space program. I highly recommend it! No one would ever have known about their contributions if the book by the same name hadn't made such a hit that they made a movie about it. It was certainly never mentioned in history.

Bob came back over at 5:00 and we went over to Brahms and had an ice cream cone. Then we came back to my apartment and watched the CBS news. He went home shortly before 7:00 and I took my bath and watched TV with Missy lying on the sofa until I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. Then we went to bed.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday and No Church

We will not have church this morning because of the ice storm. If it clears up by 3:00 I will attend the Martin Luther King service at the Church of God in Christ at 3:00. I told Judy I would do a write up for the newspapers about it. If the ice storm is still happening, I will not go and Judy will have to tell me how it went.

I slept well last night even though I went to bed very early. I was very tired. I don't know why. I mostly just read yesterday. But I did finish my book.

I did some laundry this morning. I noticed blood stains on the leg of my pajama bottoms. That was from the tear I got on my finger from Missy's claw a couple of nights ago.

I have dressed and had my breakfast and Missy has had hers. Depending on the weather, we may eat out today at El Pueblito.  Also I put some beans on to soak last night and they are in the slow cooker now with some of the ham pieces I bought yesterday and some onion. I bought cornbread mix yesterday and we will either have the spaghetti again for lunch on Monday or these beans and cornbread. At any rate, I have food ready for Bob on Wednesday when I go in for my surgery.

My friend, Gay, contacted me by e-mail last night. She has her class meeting on Wednesday and wanted me to go with her. I e-mailed her in return and told her that was the day of my surgery. So when I recover, I will try to meet her for lunch somewhere....perhaps at the newly redecorated Pizza Hut in Cherryvale. 

I have no idea what the recovery for these surgeries is like. I know I am expected to come home the next day so surely it can't be too bad.

More later....

I finally downloaded some photos I took while I was in Florida in December. This is the front porch where I sat and read a good deal of the time. See the wicker chair? Scott brought that down from the Lanai upstairs.

This is Chloe, Ginger's dog. She liked to come out with me and sun herself too. I only got a back photo of here here.
This part of the front of their house...showing the plantings there and the palm trees.

This is the front of the house and here you see Chloe too.

This is Eddy, Ginger's little cat. Both her animals were rescue animals. She loves these animals and they absolutely worship Ginger.

This is another view of the house from the street. Every day I took a long walk and I took my camera with me.

I thought I had some photos of the inside of the house too. But evidently I no longer have those.

I heard from Gay again. She said she woke up this morning with the realization that the 18th was the day of my surgery and so before she even read my e-mail she knew that reunion meeting wasn't going to work.

She had had the surgery though...years she was able to give me some idea of what the recovery was like then. It didn't sound too bad. But in those days, it wasn't an overnight stay in the hospital. I am glad to be going home the next day. there are too many infections from the hospital anymore and antibiotics are more and more resistant.

I contacted Phyllis F. and Bob and if we can get out to El Pueblito by being careful of the ice, we will all three have lunch there today.

More later...

We did eat there and afterward I took them home and went home myself to wait for the Martin Luther King service.

I attended the service and wrote a write up for it for the newspapers. I sent Judy the story I wrote but have not heard from her about it yet.  I will not send it in until I hear from her.

When I got home, Bob came over and we watched the news and then 60 Minutes.

After he left I took my bath and lay with Missy on the sofa until I simply could not stay awake.  Even without church it was a big day.