Friday, April 11, 2014
My 86 year old Aunt gave me a real scare the other day. We went to lunch and to the Dollar General Store afterwards. Well, we came out of DG and she said she had to sit down, so I told her to go on and get in the car while I put her walker and what she bought in the trunk. Imagine my surprise when I shut the trunk and walk around the car. I find her laid out in the front seat half in the car and half out. She wasn't completely out but it did take several tries to arouse her. Finally she allowed me to help her up. She said she just got "hot & sick & needed to sit down". This is about the 4th time that's happened in the past 9 or 10 months. We had just figured it was she got hot because she had on too many clothes. When she gets hot she does get sick so that was what we chalked it up to. Mine you she wears sweat pants, long sleeve sweat shirt and a sweat shirt jacket and it was about 70 degrees outside. So I figured she would get too hot because I commented on it when I got over to her apartment. So we sat there for awhile and she said she'd lost her glasses. We looked in the car but it was difficult to search with her sitting there. The next thing I know - I'm looking around the car on the outside - is I look up and she's laid out again. Not good. About that time this couple pulls up and the man asks if she's ok. I said I don't know but I'm going to take her to her doctor. He said "my wife's a nurse, do you want her to check her out?" I said "please". So she got out of the truck and checked her. They wanted to call 911 and take her to the hospital. My Aunt flat out refused. So I asked them if they minded staying with her while I go in and check and see if her glasses are in DG. They said no. Well, they didn't have them and I went over our exact steps and they were no where to be found. When I came out my Aunt had started throwing up - not lunch just a clear liquid. I told the couple I was taking her straight to the doctor's office. I thanked them and waited for my Aunt to quit throwing up. Mind you she had been sitting up but was laying over (bend completely in half) hanging out the car door. So naturally I was scared she'd fall out on her head being in that position, so I walked around to her side of the car and stayed close by until she felt like we could make the 8 miles to the doctor's office.
We get there. She won't get out of the car because "he won't want to see me. You just go in and tell them". So I did and he was standing at the desk when I told the receptionist. Of course they wanted to see her! That's a no brainer. So I go out and help her out and get her in there. I told her I'd be right back because I had to park the car. When I got back in she said she had to go to the bathroom and felt okay to walk there alone. So she went and came back and told me she threw up her lunch. That her lunch gave her food poisoning. Okay, we had the exact same thing lunch and I felt fine. Besides food poisoning isn't usually an immediate thing. So they call her back and I went with her to explain to the doctor what happened because I know my Aunt well enough to know she won't tell the whole story. Anyway, he wanted to get an EKG and we went to get that done. Then he said he wanted to put a holter monitor on and check that out. Well they got her wired up, and she complained the entire time. She was supposed to write down any more incidents and push the button on the monitor. We got home and she got back in the apartment and said she was feeling so weak. I asked if she pushed the button and she said "no". So I showed her where to push and I documented it. Turns out that's the only thing she documented.
Yesterday was follow up to get the monitor off. She said she felt great. So I don't know. I do know she doesn't drink enough water and I told the doctor that. Plus she barely eats anything and the doctor said eat more. So yesterday she's once again decided she eats too much. Example yesterday's lunch one chicken strip (kind of smallish) and a piece of toast. That was too much food. So she's going to do what she wants anyway.
Turns out Wednesday the nurse heard my voice talking to one of the other nurses and said "Ramona is that you?" and I answered "yes". Turns out she was just getting ready to call me with the test results. Everything looked good. The cardiologist just recommended i keep taking my daily aspirin. Yea! I passed both tests! So I was glad and relieved but I had been confident the tests would be positive results.
I've been on stress overload. Plus last Saturday I almost fell. I tripped over something and when I started to fall I guess I either twisted or jerked to keep from falling - I don't remember grabbing anything but I hurt my back. Major pain. It's not the first time that's happened and it won't be the last. My poor back has been so abused! So my activities are kind of limited. I've taken pain pills but they're only dulling it as long as I don't move. As soon as I move the pain shots through me.
Sorry this is so long. I just wanted to share what has been happening. I know my status updates have reflected the pain so I wanted to let you know what's been happening. Putting my Aunt's walker in and out of the car so many times hasn't done anything positive for my back, in fact it's hurt it worse. I'm only doing light lifting, trying to avoid bending over too much and when I bend I try to do as much of it in a squat rather than full bend. Reaching up for anything is really painful too. So nothing is really getting done around the house. I changed sheets on one bed the other day and did about 6 loads of laundry - needless to say I hurt big time by the end of that. So I'm taking it slow and easy now. I will walk my dog, weather permitting since we're supposed to have thunderstorms today. It feels okay to walk, it's just getting back in the house that's the problem - those steps hurt!
I hope everyone's having a fantastic Friday. Enjoy the weekend. Remember we can get through this all together. Your encouragement and support mean so much to me. I have such wonderful SparkFriends. Sending you love & hugs,