Saturday, July 9, 2011

Would You Like Some Cheese With That Whine?

The whole month of June and the first week of July have disappeared since I last posted. Paul even mentioned last week that I haven't posted in a long time. Nice to know he checks occasionally. I suppose the five of you who visit have moved on.

So where have I been? I’ve had a few ideas but nothing very interesting to say and I'm tired on whining. But the only way to really explain my absence is to whine a little.

The last few months have not been much fun. Let's see, in March I broke my wrist. After seven weeks in a brace it's healed but I still have an area that hurts, so I'm going back to have it checked. Who knows what that is?

Also in March Paul was diagnosed with a herniated disc, L4-L5. It was probably caused by a heel stomp on a frozen beaver dam last winter. Damned dam. The ground and dam weren't frozen the last time he stomped on it to break it up, so who knew?

I picture the beavers watching from across the swamp doubled up with laughter at the stupid human laying on the ground in pain after NOT destroying their dam. Yes, I know it sounds like there's a story in there. There is but for another time. Maybe that will keep you coming back.

So the orthopedic doctor said surgery was an option but there were other treatments to try before going that route. One option was steroid injections which helped ease the pain but didn't do enough to avoid surgery. So we lost a couple months there.

The surgeon needed an approval from the GP who ordered a stress test which fortunately, or unfortunately, showed two blockages. This past Wednesday, after a heart catheterization, a stent was implanted in one artery and the other was opened with angioplasty.

And I know, people say...."Oh, a stent. That's no big deal." Anytime someone is sticking a pointy thing in my heart, it’s a whopping big deal. Paul had a stent implanted in 2000 after a heart attack so he knew what to expect but this time it was more complicated. Not only because he's eleven years older, but also because he laid on the table in the operating room for nearly 4 hours waiting for the second doctor.

It went well and that’s behind him but there's still the issue of the back surgery which now can't be done for at least eight weeks. In the meantime, more damage is being done to the nerve which the doctor said is being 'crushed.' Usually you hear of nerves being 'pinched.' I'd rather be pinched than crushed. This sounds to me like it's a bit more severe.

Hopefully the next couple months will go quickly. And maybe then I won't have anything to whine about. Nah, I'll probably find something else.


Debbie @ OtRD said...

I am so sorry to hear all this! (And have been wondering where you have been!) I can't imagine how you and Paul are dealing with all the waiting.

I hope your wrist feels better too and that you guys enjoy the rest of the summer a bit.

Have a great weekend,

Katherine said...

You two have been through a lot the last few months! I would whine too. Actually, I'm going through a lot less, but doing a lot more whining. Hopefully, after the back surgery, there will be a lot less excitement and a lot more back to normal for you both.

Laoch of Chicago said...

Ugh. Scary and awful. Good wishes for improving health to him.

Michele said...

OMG! You have had a bad few months. Totally understandable why you weren't posting. Glad to hear that both of you are sort of on the mend. Take care!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Sorry about your wrist and Paul's back. Also the heart issues. So much going on in your lives. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

Sweetie I'm so sorry to hear of all the troubles you and Paul have had - having been through similar situations I understand the pain. I watched Devoted Spouse go through his heart issues and he has stents now too - I'm just thankful we have that type of medical wonder to keep our guys alive. I pray for both of you! {{{hugs}}} And you can always join me in a big ole whine!!! xo


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