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Ok, I've been berated for my lack of posting about it.  Yes, Monique is home.  Yay!

We managed to get through the last of the insurance red tape Friday afternoon and we took her home on Friday afternoon.  She's got a gaping wound in her abdomen and a wound vac sucking stuff out of it.  She's up and about a couple times a day.  She's trying hard for independence.  She's avoiding pain killers as much as possible.  In general, she's doing very well.  Thank you to everyone for all your well wishes.  :-)

Now I'm struggling to catch up on things, so if I owe you something, I likely haven't forgotten, but if you want to remind me anyway, that's ok. 


Sep. 26th, 2011 08:00 am
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Monique and I went up to NH this weekend for Brent and Erin's wedding. 

Visit with my mom and dad )
Wedding )
Visit with Monique's mom )
Medical issues )
Flute choir rehearsal )
More Monique medical stuff )
Happy Monday everyone.  Have a great week.
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Monique's mom is going home from the hospital today.  She's on a 10 day regimen of antibiotics to try and eliminate the infection and reduce the swelling of her gall bladder.  They'll re-admit her after that and remove it.  They don't want to do that while it's infected because they'd have to open her up.  If they wait they can remove it laproscopically.  So she's not in any imminent danger and all is well physically with her for the time being.

Two of Monique's sisters are staying up there through Wednesday when my father-in-law gets the full results of the multiple biopsies taken in regard to his lung cancer.  I picked Monique up yesterday.

Thanks to all for their thoughts, prayers and well wishes.

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My mother-in-law was admitted to ICU as I mentioned earlier.  Last report to me, her blood pressure was down to 84 over 60.  She was however awake and in good spirits.  I have since found out that she had a gall bladder issue about a year ago and chose to ignore it.  They believe it is what's causing her issues right now.  They are running tests and will in all likelihood end up taking it out.

Nothing new to report other than that at this time.  It's still a question of waiting.  I'm taking it as "no news is good news".

Thanks everyone for the well wishes.  They're much appreciated.  I love my friends.  :-)

Edit: Oops, I was talking to someone else about their pancreas earlier right before I wrote this and I had pancreas on the brain.  It is her gall bladder that's the potential problem.  They will now be awaiting the elimination of the infection before doing the surgery, so she will likely be in the hospital for days.
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My mother-in-law was rushed to the hospital by ambulance this afternoon.  They told her she had a massive blood infection and she was lucky she made it to the hospital in time.  Just a few minutes ago we got word that her condition had deteriorated, something is wrong with her pancreas and her blood pressure is dropping rapidly.  They've put her in ICU.

Monique is rushing up there with her sister.  If things get worse, I suspect I will go up also.  I'll happily take any prayers, well wishes, healthy thoughts you wish to send our way.
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I went to see the neurologist this morning now that I've had all the tests (blood work, CT scan, MRI, ultrasound of the carotid arteries, echocardiogram (not the EKG I stated earlier)).    Everything looks fine.  There are no abnormalities on any of the tests, nothing that would cause concern for a future occurrence. 

He's more concerned that it may have been seizure related based on the history I gave him.  I am skeptical that this is the case.  There is nothing to suggest a relationship that he could explain.  On the other hand, there is no evidence based on the tests that it's a TIA either.  What it comes down to is that I will continue taking an aspirin a day.   He wants an EEG (which will happen Monday).  He wants to see my Depakote levels (more blood work, yay!).   If everything is ok there, I'll continue as is and see him again for a follow up visit in six months.

As an interesting side note, he's the first neurologist I've ever visited who didn't make me touch my index finger to my nose and to his finger (repeat while moving), follow his finger with my eyes, stick out my tongue, rub my ankle down my shin, walk on my heels, walk on my toes, walk heel to toe in a straight line, etc.  I thought these tests were the reason neurologists existed as a seperate entity from the medical world because until today, that's the only thing they've all had in common, and I've seen a lot of them in my time.

So the bottom line is that I know no more today than I did the day it happened and I'm still feeling fine and I still plan to go ahead with my plan of a better life style.
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I went to see the doctor today as I promised you I would.  Some of you know how bad I am about that, so this was an accomplishment.  The doctor says that there is nothing wrong with me, at least no more so than usual. 

He did the full check comparing both legs, looking for bruising, swelling, tightness, checking for hernia, that sort of stuff.  He was concerned with the possibility of a blood clot but ruled that out based on symptoms, or rather lack of symptoms. 

He is assuming that with my rather sedentary life style and the rare exercise of running in the woods on uneven terrain, I probably just stretched something the wrong way.  He says to keep an eye on it for a couple more days and if nothing else happens, to write it off as a muscular event that probably won't happen again.

So you are all still stuck with me.  Yay!
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Ok, you can all stop yelling at me now.  I have an appointment for 3:15 tomorrow.
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I woke up last night around midnight with a bad pain in my inner thigh, just below the groin.  I figured it was akin to a charlie horse and so got out of bed to try stretching it.  I fell to the floor in some of the worst pain I can ever remember.  It was so bad I couldn't move.  I tried several times to change position and the pain only got worse.  Staying totally still made the pain almost tolerable.  This went on for about 10 minutes.

Monique tried to get me to move, but there was just no way.  She ended up calling for an ambulance, I'd guess about 5 minutes into this.  Within a couple minutes of her calling for an ambulance, of course the pain started to subside and I was able to get up off the floor and sit on the bed.

During this time, a policeman arrived first.  In an almost comical affair, the poor guy injured his knee getting out of his car.  By the time the ambulance arrived he was in worse shape than I was.  I guess he stepped just wrong getting out of the car and twisted it.  The ambulance arrived and after we talked to the EMT for a few minutes we signed a waiver to have them leave without taking me to the hospital.  We decided that I was ok enough for Monique to take me down and have it checked out.

We got about 2/3 of the way to the hospital when we decided that we'd just wait and see what happened.  We were both so tired neither of us wanted to spend a couple hours in a waiting room.  At that point, I could still feel a little tightness in the muscles, but no pain.  Today, everything seems fine.  I'm thinking it was just a muscular issue, maybe caused by twisting something wrong or something at Madrigal.  I don't know.  It's gone, so I'm not going to worry about it unless it acts up again.

Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers out there.

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