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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Nurse "Nancy" On Duty


Hello, my Bloggy Friends!  It's Nurse "Nancy" here.  I've taken over the body of GraceinAZ (Pat) for the time being in order to care for HB (HoneyBunny).  Now that we are home, we are having to get used to a whole new routine for our waking and sleeping hours.  It takes us right back to those days when the stork drops off a new baby...kerplunk...we are right in the middle of strange and new things!

After the first day home we began to understand just how much of a change this would be in our lives. (If you are just jumping in on this story, you can catch up by reading these posts: Quiet Days Turn Into Hospital Stay, Hospitals, Home Repair & Blessings, & This Could Be The Day.)  Our lives now revolve around his PEG tube (feeding tube).  He must have regular nutrition, starting slowly and working up to an amount set by the hospital dietitian.  We must watch his weight to see whether that is sufficient.  So far we are almost halfway to the goal amount of daily intake.  He is tolerating it very well.


Then, of course, there are the daily medicines that he was taking before all of this crashed down on us.  The meds that can be crushed must be, and the others need to be prescribed in liquid form.  I have become the nurse, enforcer, crusher, and alarmist.  (Just a joke...I keep the alarm clock set on my phone...just thought alarmist sounded more dramatic...giggle).  And, don't forget the water!  He must have enough extra water to keep him hydrated.  Whew...that's a lot for a complacent little ol' lady to keep track of!  I started a chart on excel.  Food, meds, water, amounts, weight...tsk...forget one and I could get fired!  Can't have that!  This will look good on my resume!

Next week we have appointments with the Primary Care Physician and in Phoenix for a more comprehensive test - Esophogeal Manometry - which we hope will give the doctors the reason for why the esophagus is "very weak" and not working.  We take one day-at-a-time as this puzzle pieces itself together one medical procedure at-a-time.  Jesus is walking with us along this torturous path and only He knows where it well lead.  We trust Him with this and appreciate all of your prayers and well wishes.  They mean so much to HB and to me...Nurse "Nancy!"



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18 comments:

  1. Sending more prayers your way, Pat, and I am glad to see you are keeping your spirits up and handling your new "nursing position" extremely well. ((hugs)) xo

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    1. Barbara, positive thinking is the key...and we are trying our best to do that! And, when I stop my silliness, I get depressed, so I try to find humor in things in my life.
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  2. So sorry to read about your last week, sending prayers your way. You sure do keep your spirits up Grace.

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    1. Lisa, thank you for the encouragement! It keeps me going!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  3. Hi Pat,

    I hope you're leaving time in there to take care of yourself. Nursing is hard work and I don't know what your background is, but if you've never been a nurse, home-nursing can be daunting. I'm not that good at it because I cry when people hurt and I'm lousy about making them do something they need to do if it makes them hurt! I hope you're stronger and not quite so full of empathy as me. I'll be praying for you and your husband. I hope the doctors find a good answer and soon.---Just a thought, wouldn't it be nice if insurance paid for in-home care when a family member gives that care? It seems reasonable to me!

    Love,
    Pam

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    1. Pam, I am trying to focus on my needs as well as HBs needs. I know it is important, but it sometimes goes by the wayside! I have not been a nurse...except to my five kids, but I have been a caregiver. Thank you for praying..it means the world to us. And, paying family members for the care they give is an idea that needs to be pushed forward!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  4. Pat, You are both in my prayers. I pray the tests will come up with the cause and better still a solution. Please take care of yourself.
    Blessings, Ginger

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    1. Ginger, thank you again for the prayers. Today I feel rested for the first time in more than a week, and am making myself eat regularly. It is easy to skip a meal because I hate to eat when HB can't. But, I am so far staying diligent.
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  5. God bless ya, Pat! I hope you can get overtime pay for all those extra hours...cuz you know how much a good nurse makes! I hope they can find the cause (and cure) for the problem. You have a wonderful attitude and that is half the battle- xo Diana

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    1. Diane, great idea...I'll put in for overtime pay right away! LOL! Thanks for your sweet comments!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  6. Pat, (Nurse Nancy) My thoughts and prayers are with you and HB that everything will be fine. I hope your next appointments will help make things better. I know with you on duty, he will be taken very good care of. Good luck and keep us posted.

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    1. Ginger, thank you for your warm well wishes. It gives me strength to read these posts each day. My job isn't the hardest, and Walt isn't the sickest on the planet, but in our little world it seems huge. Friends and family make the difference between daunting and "we can do it!"
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  7. Sorry to hear about HB. I know how difficult care giving can be. Take time for yourself. Reach out to relatives, friends and agencies in your community. I've been the primary care giver for my Mom for a year and a half now. Like you, I've developed a routine for both of us. It has helped immensely. - Margy

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    1. Margy, I appreciate your advice...I am trying not to forget about me while I care for Walt. I have offers of help from friends, too, to give me help when I need it.
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  8. Hi Nurse Nancy!
    Thank so much for getting back to me. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your Hubby. Good luck and please keep me posted.
    XXOO Diane

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    1. Diane, Nurse Nancy (me) is doing fine so far. We see our Primary Care Physician today to bring him up to speed on this, and ask questions. I'll be posting our porgress, thanks!
      Hugs, GraceinAz

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  9. Praying for you and HB.

    This nurses wishes she could be there to help you.

    I'm so glad you have appointments next week. Maybe it will bring some answers. I put your button on my blog sidebar as a reminder to pray.

    Keep on keeping on.
    Keep your sense of humor.

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    1. Janet - I am so happy to hear from you again...it boosts my spirits! Thanks for the prayers and the button on your blog. Prayers are a mighty tool and we do feel them! When I start to sound down or grumpy, please tell me - it is bound to happen sooner or later! LOL!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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