Friday, October 26, 2007

A week ago...

my sister was here and said she didn't think my hubby was going to live through the winter....he looked that bad. Well, it's been a week and I can't describe the change! His foot is healing. The infection is subsiding. He is walking. He is getting up, taking a shower, shaving, going downstairs, eating, talking. Amazing what a week has done!

He's still in pain if he's up more than 30 minutes....but at least he is doing the stairs and I can go back to a somewhat normal routine in my day. Yeah!

I'm so relieved. I know he is pleased. It's nice to have him "back"!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Visit with the surgeon

Well, my first time to go with him to the doctor's office. This was the second followup to foot surgery. And it just never ceases to amaze me. They sent in a PA. She didn't even know that he is diabetic. Has never seen him before. She did say I was doing a great job keeping the wound clean. Wants to extend the antibiotics for another 10 days. Wants him to wash it out and then let it air dry for up to 2 hours, twice a day. Agreed it is a gout infection.

I so wanted to say, "You know, this looks so much worse than before you guys cut into it"....but I managed to keep my mouth shut! I also wanted to say, "Can you tell him he can run up and down the stairs now?" But once again, I kept my mouth shut! LOLOL!!!

She wanted to know who drew the ink lines on his foot and why. I explained that a FNP friend came over to look at it because it was just so bad and that's where the infection had been. She gave me a look like I was completely there is no way it could have been that infected. And I just said, "it's amazing how much it's improved since Sunday."

She found a small sore growing between his little toe and the one next to it and asked me to start cleaning that and looking after.

And she wants to see him back in a week.

Monday, October 22, 2007

He's "on" to me!

His daughter called tonight and chatted with him. He hung up just smiling from ear to ear and said, "is there something in the air this weekend? Both my kids call me?"

I didn't say a word. I swear I had a complete poker face and he said, "Yeah, I think there was something in the air this weekend and I think it was you!"

And I just burst out laughing. I told him I'd sent them a little note saying I thought he could use some cheering up. He snarled, then started smiling again!

So....they didn't do it on their own, but at least they responded to my note. Good for them.

His foot is finally looking a little better...just in time for tomorrow's doctor's visit.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

A visit from granddaughter can cure so much

His son called last night after he got the email from me. He brought their older daughter over today as the baby is quite sick and stayed home with his wife. But hubby was in heaven. He got up, got dressed, came downstairs early and just sat and waited. They arrived about 10 am. Such an energetic little 5 year old. His son brought video tape of both girls, so hubby and son were in the office dubbing it and I took his granddaughter down to my studio and she got tons of things to play with. We came back upstairs and sat at the kitchen table and she made 5 or 6 cards "for grandpa". About wore me out! LOLOL!

I didn't realize they were coming quite as early as they did and had just put a load in my kiln, so as soon as that was done, we went out to lunch. Hubby just sat and smiled the whole time while the granddaughter happily bounced from him to her dad to me.

We came back home and they left and hubby went upstairs to bed and he didn't surface again. I asked and he agreed that it just absolutely wore him out, but it's something he really wanted to do. So I didn't say a word. I just let him sleep the rest of the day. I let him and his son have quite a bit of time alone together and I haven't bothered to ask what they talked about. But hubby was completely pleased over the visit and his son promised to come back soon. I have plans to go on an artist retreat in about 3 weeks and suggested they come while I'm gone, so they are going to try and arrange that.

When I went to clean his wound tonight, I told him that the center of the open wound looks like orange jello. I've never seen anything like that at all. Did absolutely nothing for my queasy stomach. I'm glad he goes to the doctor in just 2 days. I have a feeling it's gout showing through the wound, but absolutely no idea if that's what it is or not.

Thanks for all your kind comments yesterday. I really do know his swelling in his face and eyes is related to kidney failure. For today, I'm deciding to take the path of trying to keep him happy and comfy. He was extremely happy today. :o)