The last two weeks have been such a roller coaster. And let me tell you, in typical situations like this, I would have eaten myself into oblivion. I didn’t. And for that, I am beyond proud. And the fact that it’s winter, extremely cold, and I haven’t put on the extra 10 pounds I did last year is another reason I am proud of myself right now. For the most part, I have stayed on track. Although, I could have used some more time running outside or on the treadmill (did I just say that?) or spinning at the YMCA, but for right now, I am okay/at peace with the amount of exercise I am getting. It hasn’t completely vanished and for that, I guess I am grateful.
So, let’s back up just a tad to a couple of weeks ago:
On Friday, December 13 (I guess we should have known better), my dad went in for a “simple” surgery on a ruptured ligament in his left ankle. The next thing we know, the doctor says he is NOT doing surgery because my dad’s ankle/lower leg is infected and he wants the infection gone before he will do surgery.
Here’s a pic of my dad waiting in the surgery room before the doctor finally came in. My dad’s surgery was scheduled for 8:30 a.m. and the doctor’s first visit to the room was around 12:30 p.m. Yes, FOUR hours after he was supposed to have surgery.
So, to make an extremely LONG story shorter, my dad was admitted to the hospital, where he stayed from December 13 until December 20. He was then transferred to a nursing home, Knute Nelson, where as of today, December 27, he remains. And to be honest, we don’t even know for how long. (Communication has NOT been the greatest because of the holidays and his doctors not being available.) And then, to top it all off, he had to be brought to the emergency room twice since he moved into the nursing home. On his very first night, he fell (unfortunately, we will never know the real story as to what happened) and I had to demand he be brought to the hospital to get checked out. He was also having some complications with his IV line (pick line) and a nurse called my mom at 5:20 in the morning to let her know he would be going to the ER, although she really didn’t know exactly what time he would be going. But apparently, she thought she would call a nearly 80-year-old woman, who is already stressed to the max because of everything that has happened, and wake her up at 5:20 a.m. on Christmas Day no less, to tell her her husband was going to the ER. It should never have happened that way and let me tell you, that poor nurse who called my mom got the wrath of me. There have been several times the “poor” nurses at Knute Nelson have had to deal with me. I’m guessing they don’t much care for me at all. But…I. Don’t. Care. I really wanted to move my dad to a different nursing home, but it never happened. He will remain at Knute Nelson…for now. (There is TONS I have left out, but I will not bore you all with any more detail. If you want more, feel free to check me out on Facebook, where I have been posting almost daily updates.)
If/when my dad eventually has his surgery on his foot, I will guarantee you, he will do his rehab time at the other nursing home in town, Ecumen Bethany Nursing Home. He will NOT be going back to Knute if I have my way. I will note that not all the nurses have been terrible. There have been a couple that have warmed over my heart.
WHAT ELSE HAS BEEN GOING ON?
Again, I am grateful, happy, elated, proud and so much more that I have not turned to food this time to deal with all the stress. Although I am guessing, my poor husband wishes I would have. I think I might have taken all my stress out on him. And for that, I sincerely am sorry.
Here is a look at what else has been happening in my world:
For fun, my husband and I took out medals from the last three years and hung them on the tree as our ornaments. We only did this as a joke because I saw something on Facebook. We did take them off and decorate the tree with our real ornaments, but I may just do this next year…for real! There is a total of 66 medals, some just participant medals, others actual “winning” medals for age group categories and such.
Yes, when I said it’s been cold, I wasn’t lying. IT HAS BEEN FRIGID!
But at least it’s somewhat pretty.
Well, maybe it isn’t ALL that pretty. I guess it was pretty cold this particular day I decided to go for a four mile run. I really didn’t think it was that cold, but apparently sweat mixed with cold temperatures makes for some frosty conditions. Kind of scary, huh?
With our first big race (just a half-marathon) coming up in May, I thought I better get my training scheduled figured out. So far, I have January planned out, but that’s all the further I got. I will take some time soon and finished the rest of my schedule.
So, that about wraps it up. OH, WAIT…besides all the stress and stuff going on with my dad, I have my own medical stuff happening. First off, my heartburn has nearly faded…thank GOD!, but I have still been dealing with my shoulder pain. Read my last blog post to see what’s been happening.
So far, I have had two MRI’s done and a few X-rays. The first MRI was on my shoulder and then I saw an orthopedic doctor who decided that I should have another MRI done on my neck. He thinks I might have some kind of pinched nerve or something going on so he wanted to see pics of my neck. I had that MRI, but apparently I didn’t stay still enough, so on New Year’s Eve day, I get to have another MRI, but this time, I get to be sedated. Oh, joy! Hopefully after that, the ortho doc can figure out what’s going on. Until then, I will continue to deal with a very painful shoulder, tingling and numb arm and a shoulder blade area that likes to tingle, as well.
Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and you all have a very Happy New Year! I will try and continue to keep you all posted on my dad and on me.