Friday, September 19, 2014
I do not wish to scare anyone away from back surgery as my dear man had no other option and, actually, his back, his nerve pain, and the muscle control of his legs are all improved from the lamenectomy and double discectomy that he had a week ago Tuesday, 9/9.
he has had a few complications, one minor, an infection at his IV site on his hand that was corrected quickly and one major.
Apparently, the surgeon nicked his spinal cord (which is nearly invisible) while fixing his back and it wasn't until the inflammation subsided five days later that the leak of spinal fluid started causing excruciating head and neck pain whenever my dh stood or sat up.
After trying a few days of prednisone, an MRI confirmed the leak (actually two), necessitating further surgery.
The surgeon apologized to my husband and explained how this rare complication occurs.
David had a second surgery Wednesday around noon and now has to lay totally flat in the hospital for at least 48 hours when they will very slowly raise the head of his bed and assess his condition.
He cannot even get up to use the bathroom (thank you, dear nurses) and has great difficulty eating and drinking so I have spent many hours by his bedside (about 1/2 hour away).
If all goes well, I MAY be able to bring him home on Sunday.
I am trying to take care of myself at this difficult time but it's not easy.
I am also continuing my grandbaby babysitting time as well, as that is the funniest part of my life.
My poor man missed an entire summer with this injury and I cry when I see him suffer so much.
Thnx for all of your support, the msgs and the goodies and spark live, my friends.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Oh, my word.
This poor guy cannot catch a break.
The infection on the hand was under control quickly and then he started having humongous headaches every time he stood or sat up!
Appears to be some irritation or inflammation of the spinal cord or brain lining, according to his neurosurgeon and should pass quickly, whatever that means.
Now we are adding prednisone to the Rx stew.
He will see the physician's assistant tomorrow and then his post- op appt with the doc is on Friday.
In the meantime, his father and his wife were assessed for assisted living yesterday and HE is a candidate but she is too frail and they won't take her.
To be continued...
Today, William started preschool , two half days a week, so I dropped him off at nine and will go pick him up at noon. He is not quite four and barely potty trained and still naps in the afternoon, usually.
He was very excited to go and ran in to the playroom without even saying good-bye (Lucy went there last year so he knows the lay of the land).
Can't wait to see how he did.
Hope all is well in your world, my dear friends.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
My poor dear man.
He woke up yesterday morning (4 days post-op from back surgery) with a red, hot, swollen, painful left hand (his dominant hand).
We went to the urgent care center in the next town and they wanted to call an ambulance because by then dh's heart rate was up and his blood pressure was low.
We balked at that, so they did an IV and gave him fluid until he was stable enough for me to transport him.
Turns out he has an infection where his surgical IV was placed on Tuesday.
It is localized but still dangerous so at the ER they pumped him full of antibiotics and sent us home with yet another Rx.
His hand looks a bit better today, is not as painful, and the swelling is going down but he is so very tired...exhausted, actually.
He is back in bed, on pain pills again.
For some reason, he has had a few headaches today...very rare for him.
He gets up occasionally and his back feels pretty good and he walks much better, with more control of his legs but he is even more debilitated than before.
We are very disappointed in his recovery, although we are sure this infection has knocked him back a bit.
In the meantime, things are getting worse and worse down at his 90 year old father's house. We are having an intake assessment done tomorrow for an assisted living facility but we are afraid his father and his wife will flunk it!
Then what shall we do?
Verrrry stressful time, yes, indeedy.
Thank you for your continued support, my dear sparkpeeps.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
So, my dear man had his back surgery on Tuesday around noon
(to summarize previous blogs..he injured his back on July 1st working on our new boat, which, of course, we have been unable to use).
What a nightmare of a summer we have had.
There are many steps that have to be gone through before the last step, which is surgery.
After various treatments at a brain and spine center, a neurosurgeon did a lamenectomy and double discectomy to repair the damage done by moving a heavy engine part incorrectly.
Be careful of how you lift!!!
It was not arthroscopic exactly but considered microsurgery as the incision is "only" about four inches long and it was same day surgery.
My man is back on the strong pain meds and still in pain just from the surgery but he has regained control of the muscles in his legs and no longer a fall risk (he had fallen about 7-8 times).
The surgery pain should be ending soon and then he will probably have a few days of nerve pain as that would have been irritated during surgery.
Think of the pain you get in your jaw if a dentist ever touches a nerve while working on your mouth...imagine that running down your entire leg.
So, we are not out of the woods yet.
The surgeon is quite confident that he has repaired the damage but my poor guy has plenty of work ahead of him. He is quite weak and has lost about 20 pounds, mostly muscle mass. His arms and legs are so skinny! He is ready willing and able to get to work getting healthy and I hope he keeps his good attitude once the actual work of it begins. He also intends to keep those pounds away, as he had only gained those in the last five years or so, since he quit smoking.
I am exhausted!!!
We have tried to maintain our babysitting schedule with the grandkids through all this because we adore them and it has been a welcome distraction for us both but, man-oh-man, has it been a lot of work, especially while flying solo.
Wouldn't you do everything possible to hang out with this little angel?
I am really really really looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow.
Thank you so much for your support, kind words and goodies, my dear sparkbuds, throughout my difficult times.
Sunday, September 07, 2014
It was inevitable but could not have come at a worse time...
my dear man is currently incapacitated with a serious back injury
(his surgery was postponed a day, now early Tuesday),
can't drive and is still in some pain every day,
and his 90 year old father is suddenly behaving erratically and seems to be spiraling rapidly into dementia.
He's never been the nicest person and has been failing slowly for the last few years but suddenly he is crying a lot and then being mean and verbally abusive to my mother-in-law, 88, his wife of 11 years, who just came out of three weeks of rehab after a major fall with a slight brain bleed.
Her only daughter lives 4 hours away, still works and has had to come down here twice this week already to help us sort things out.
It's just a mess with no easy solution.
Will keep you posted.
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