Thursday, July 15, 2010

Home Is Where the Healing Is

I'm home and trying to take good care of myself. Where I belong. Where I can actually sort of  relax and begin to heal. Take my vitamins. Cook my own food. Pet my dogs. Get some sleep. I can't tell you how being in the hospital for over a week and having every test under the sun stressed me out completely, and it's not over yet. I need several follow-up Drs appointments next week and they haven't ruled out the possibility of surgery. Keep a good thought.

The medications I take 6 times a day make me really, really sick as well as tired and dizzy and I need to be on them for another week or 10 days. Plus probiotics. Nothing tastes good or stays down except applesauce, Ritz crackers and mashed potatoes so that's about where my appetite stands. True, I needed to lose a few, but this is ridiculous. All of my bloodwork is normal - I'm healthy they say, HAH!- but I need to get over this infection and the process appears to be slow. I have no energy AT ALL. So it is going to take me awhile to get back to normal. And quilting too. Unless I can do it lying down.
 

My son visited me in the hospital and once, while I was in the bathroom, he was kind enough to checkmark the box on my patient dry erase board that I was English-speaking impaired, so for a few hours every time a new nurse, tech or nurse's assistant came in they spoke to me very slowly in a LOUD tone - MRS  T-R-A-C-Y? - until I responded back to them in perfect English. I eventually figured it out and got up and erased it. Oh that kid. . . . if it weren't so harmless and funny (and if I had any strength) I would have killed him. But at least I had one good laugh. He's always been able to do that.

If I never see another one of these beeping IV machines, it will be too soon. How do people get any sleep in hospitals?? I'm about 10 days behind.


Please be patient with orders placed in the last 2 weeks. I do it all alone. I'll get to them eventually. I'm mostly trying to get through the day here and withstand the side effects of this medication and see what happens. I promise, the American Schoolgirl Club WILL continue, even if it's not on schedule. Think I'll take a nap now.

37 comments:

  1. So glad to hear you are home again. Sorry you have to go thru all of this.
    Darlene

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  2. What your son did is kind of funny! :o) I'm glad that you're home from the hospital and hopefully you'll be feeling much better soon.

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  3. OMG, despite of the very nasty things happening to you, I couldn't help but LOL!! Does he take after his mom?! No hurry Kathy, people will wait and the ones who don't, just let them be. Please let your mind follow your body and not the other way around, know that is the most difficult thing to do, but it works out best for a speedy recovery! Get well soon, lots of hugs, Daniëlle

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  4. Feel better soon, Kathy! If you can't quilt, maybe you will feel like imagining new quilts?

    Andrea in Minnesota

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  5. I am so happy to hear you are home. Hospitals are exhausting, not always the best place to recover. I hope you get up on your feet and are feeling much better soon!

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  6. Welcome home!
    LOL about your son! Just take your time, the quilting world can wait!

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  7. Sorry, you've been so sick. What a terrible ordeal.

    Glad you are home now! Take care and hope you'll feel like yourself soon.

    Thanks for keeping us updated. My prayers for you continue!!!

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  8. Welcome home Kathy, look good at yourself, it doesn,t matter that we have to wait for the schoolgirls, al the quilters I know have a lot to do, too much mostly.....

    Warm greetings, jeannet

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  9. I was very glad to hear that you are home now and able to get some rest. I hope you have a fast recovery.

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  10. Sons are a "piece of work" aren't they ?
    Sorry to hear you have been under the weather. A hospital is no place to be when you're sick. Home IS where the heart is ! Be well.

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  11. I spent some time in the hospital back in April and my son decided he needed to do a stand up comedy routine. Although he is probably 25 or so years older then yours. Sons are like that, but we love them. I'm not a fan of hospitals either and have had my share of them. I sure hope that you feel better soon. Just take care of yourself and don't worry about anthing else but yourself. Connie 204

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  12. Hi Kathy, nice to hear that you are home now! There is no better place to recover at home! Take your time and let yourself be pampered. Luckely you have a son with a good feeling of humor!
    Hubertine

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  13. Glad you're at home, but I'm sorry to hear your not feeling well. I love the your son's joke ^_^
    Take care, and get well soon.

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  14. Kathy, happy to hear you are home from the hospital Must be a lot quieter. Just rest and get well. Your son must know my son. Great minds think alike!!
    Linda O.

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  15. I don't know how anyone gets any rest in a hospital with all the activity that goes on day and night. And why is everyone's blood work always normal but yet the hospital is full of sick people. Well anyway it's nice that you are back home. Take care of yourself!

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  16. Glad to see that you are back home - wish you all the best!!

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  17. Kathy, I am glad to hear that you are back home again. Hospitals can be brutal! I laughed until I cried over your son's actions. That is exactly the kind of a trick that my youngest would pull on me. Take care of yourself.

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  18. Glad to read that you're back home! Now take all the time you need to recover and get all your strength back.
    When I'm sick in bed I think and dream about making new quilts, and I find that very relaxing and comforting. I wish you the same!
    Take care!

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  19. Bless your heart. I'm glad you are better enough to be home and hope your feeling stronger soon!

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  20. Glad you are back home. Wish you were feeling better. Hopefully yu will be up and about son.

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  21. I'm so glad you're home and recuperating! After my son's four hospitalizations last year, I can identify with no resting there. Take care of yourself!

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  22. What a great son! Laughter, right when it's most needed.

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  23. There is nothing like being home--so am glad to hear you are back at home!!! Continue to take good care of yourself and may everything work out well for you.
    Hugs, Di

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  24. Bentornata a casa!!!
    Non ti preoccupare troppo, il mondo può aspettare!
    Ciao Domenica

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  25. I am way behind in my blogs, so missed you going into hospital. I am so sorry you have been ill! Getting home is probably the best medicine you can get!! Don't worry about anything! Get yourself well. That is the main thing!! All the best!

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  26. Good to hear you're back home and have much rest on the agenda!

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  27. It's nice to read you are back home.
    Take good care of yourself, be patient even if that's difficult and the day will come that you are feeling better. Believe me, I have been there myself a few years ago.
    I had to laugh about your son's joke, lot's of humor, that kid!!

    Warm regards,
    Inge

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  28. Kids will be kids-----no matter their age. Glad you are home and resting, take care. Hugs, BettyLou

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  29. Take care of yourself...lots of naps and read a good book! Before you know it, you will be back to your old self (minus a few pounds) if you don't overdo it too soon! Love you son...he would get along with mine!

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  30. Thank you all so much for your lovely thoughts! I tried going out for a bit yesterday and I became exhausted and a little dizzy so I guess I just have to listen to my body and play it by ear. A nap sounds good.

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  31. Get well soon kathy and don't try to overdo things. Getting healthy is more important than anything else at the moment.

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  32. Hope you are so much better SOON!!!!!! Your son gave me a laugh, LOL!!

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  33. Glad to hear you are back home and it doesn't sound as if hospitals are any better in your part of the world than they are "Down Under". I think it is a conspiracy that you don't get any sleep!! Have missed your posts so take care of yourself - one day at a time.

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  34. Sending you lots of healing juju! My philosophy is if you go to the doctor & you're not sick yet, you'll get sick there for sure. Applicable to hospitals as well, I suppose.

    Sounds like something my boys would do. English speech impaired. :-)

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  35. I hope by now you are starting to feel better!!

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  36. Hope you are feeling just a little bit better and that you will take things slowly for a while.

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  37. Praying for your speedy recovery! Rest assured that as a member of The American Schoolgirl club, I'm in no hurry to receive this months pattern under these circumstances. You take care of yourself first and foremost.

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