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Monday morning

Good morning all another long lie in this morning, I can't get over my ability to sleep but I for one am not complaining I can only assume I need the rest.  
We have a long list of things to do today nothing interesting but lots of tedious jobs that I have been putting off. I also need to hit the shops as we have eaten just about all that was in the cupboards.  
I am hoping that today will be the day they make some sort of decision with regard to Mike he is getting very bored and fractious.  He has discovered how to use his mobile and keeps phoning me to come and visit and I keep explaining that visiting time is not until 2pm but he seems to think I am just being cussed and puts the phone down on me.  Anyway by 2pm he will have forgotten that he ever phoned.
The weather is really filthy this morning it is windy and very overcast and looking like imminent rain.  I have a big pile of washing to do but it will have to hang around the house as I would not dare risk it outside. 
I fin…

Sunday morning

Yesterday's visit to the hospital went really well Mike was chirpy and looking forward to a move and change of environment. His chest is improving and his oxygen is right down.  Hopefully he should move on Monday but nothing is written in stone.
It is dull and breezy outside and yesterday it was really cold and drizzly the weather does nothing to lift the spirits.  I am amazed at my capacity to sleep I woke as usual at 4 am but decided to stay in my warm bed and promptly fell back asleep.  In the past if I had done this I would have had the mother of all head aches but I seem to be suffering no ill effects.  Anyway I am enjoying all the extra sleep I am getting perhaps I am just more relaxed with both boys at home.  
I have a pile of paperwork to sort out which I have been just stacking up until I felt more like doing it but I think I am just avoiding it now so time to put my shoulder to the wheel.  I took out some chicken thighs and I am now debating what to do with them.  I thi…

Saturday Morning

Good morning all.  Yesterdays hospital visit went well Mike is a bit brighter and is asking for some magazines to read as he is finally beginning to get bored.  We chatted about the benefits of going for rehab prior to coming home and I think he sees the advantages of getting as well as possible before coming back.  At the moment there is no mention of when or where so we are still living day by day.  I have been waking with the odd panic attack but that is hardly surprising given the circumstances.  I have however booked myself a hair appointment for next week and thought I might just as well get that done and out of the way while Mike is laid up.
James seems to be over the worst of his chest but has discovered just how debilitated you feel afterwards with no spare energy for anything but keeping it together.  I am feeling physically stronger each day but it has been a slow climb out of the hole.
We had a lovely surprise the fish monger phoned me as some fishermen had got some nice …

Friday morning

Today really is Friday and I have deliberately slept in very late as I want to be awake when I go to visit Mike.  Normally I am like a wet rag as visiting time clashed with afternoon nap time for me so I have had a really good sleep all be it drug induced so that I am wide awake after lunch.  As yet nothing has been mentioned about the rehab placement but today might be a different story.  
Denzil came back from the doctors with steam coming out of his ears.  Since his heart attack he has been on a regimen of statins and beta blockers which in Thailand he can just buy over the counter. Our GP wrote him a prescription and for some inexplicable reason has doubled his statins for no apparent reason as his blood test results are not back yet.  It was a simple repeat prescription but no they have to muck about with it.  
James is at last coming out of his chest infection and I am at last feeling a bit more like myself we have all been surprised at just how debilitating this has been and h…

Thursday morning

I am in a bit of a muddle this week I got up convinced it was Friday fortunately the computer doesn't lie about the date.  The boys both have appointments this morning so I am going to be on my own for a while.  
I went to visit Mike yesterday and explained that he will be going to rehab for a while to get him back on his feet.  He was not best pleased but I managed to get him to understand that in his current condition being at home would be very difficult.  Once his continence problems are sorted out things will be much easier.  I also had a word with the staff about his hearing aids which he claims are useless so as a first step could someone look in his ears and make sure they are not full of wax which might be the problem.  He is finally off the intravenous antibiotics but is still on an oral dose and if my chest is anything to go by it is going to take a while to clear his chest of all the gunk.  I must say that the nursing care he has received has been excellent and they h…

Wednesday morning

Good morning all very late this morning but I refused to get up at 3 when I woke so I tucked myself back down and slept on peacefully.  Then the computer kicked up and wouldn't let me in to the blogosphere and it has taken me ages and lots of resetting of pass words to finally get back in.  
Yesterdays bedlam went well but delivered both ups and downs.  Denzil was hoping to do a bit of driving as a temporary job and of course discovered that he cannot drive commercially as he has had a heart attack and would need a batterie of test first.  Then it was on to see the consultant who was very pleasant and took time to chat to me not that she had anything to say that I was not aware of but they are looking at sending Mike to the the rehabilitation unit rather than sending him home and they are concerned about his very depressed state of mind so they will be having words with his CPN in the hope of working something out.  Anyway it has taken the pressure off me for a while as he is not…

Tuesday morning

Good morning all well after yesterdays miscommunication mishap we have been asked to see the consultant at 11.30 this morning lets hope the ducks are in a row this time.  Of course this morning is not so convenient as Denzil has an appointment at the doctors at 10.30 and we have the wonderful Denny due at 8am so this morning is going to be bedlam.  
Mike was very down when I saw him yesterday and is thoroughly fed up with hospital he has been in over two weeks and is getting very restless and who can blame him.  Physically he seems to be doing OK but is still on intravenous antibiotics which are playing havoc with his insides.  Hopefully I will have a better idea of his prognosis once I have made contact with his consultant.  
Yesterday morning we had a hard frost and this morning it is pouring with rain but at least it is several degrees warmer.  Every one was scraping windscreen but my car has a magic button which switches everything on to melt the ice it is just a case of sitting …

Monday morning

Good morning all I had a bit of a rocky night last last night as I am probably wound up about Mike but hopefully after today I will have a clearer picture of where we are headed.  I still find it hard to keep going as I am very lethargic but I did do a roast for lunch and we all foraged for supper.  James is making progress and the antibiotics have kicked in so he is not feeling so like death.  Denzil is coughing but seems to be keeping the worst at bay.  The only ones who seem to be very fit are the dogs who look at us apologies for humans with pity in their eyes.  Not only are we rubbish at being dogs but we seem to be pretty rubbish at being humans.
It was perishingly cold here yesterday so we were all wrapped up like Nanook of the north and I even turned the heating up.  I believe this very cold snap is due to ease off through the week and we are then in for some rain.  Of course we feel the cold if we are only shambling around so it didn't take us long to discover the warmes…

Sunday morning

Good morning all it is absolutely freezing here at the moment with the thermometer at -0.2ºC. Yesterday we had a freezing wind which made if feel really cold when we did out circuit via the hospital.  Mike was in reasonable spirits but getting very fed up with being in hospital which I fully understand.  I am hoping to have a word with his consultant on Monday and they have asked me to go in around 9 am.  I am hoping to to get a prognosis from him as to how he feels this infection will progress and what the likely outcome is.  
James has been knocked sideways by his chest infection and slept for most of yesterday, we woke him at regular intervals for food, water and antibiotics but left him to sleep in between. The dogs are very confused as James is the light of their lives and now he seems to be broken!!! Tubby has not left his side except for necessary excursions and meals. 
Today I have a chicken to put through the halogen oven and that will keep us in food for a while.  Not very …

Saturday morning

Good morning all though it is nearer lunch time.  I was up bright and early but decided to go back to bed and duly fell fast asleep.  James hit the buffers yesterday so he too is now on antibiotics and is coughing for England.  I think I am sleeping so much because for the first time in ages I feel relaxed with 2 other adults in the house I feel able to let go and know that they will take up the slack and deal with anything that needs doing. I no longer feel as if I am permanently on duty 24 hours per day. Denzil is walking the dogs each morning so that is one less thing preying on my mind.  Apparently it was snowing early on but it has not settled and we now have a fierce wind blowing instead.  
As yet I have nothing organised for lunch so it may have to be something really easy like bacon and egg then maybe a take away for supper depending how we are all feeling.  I will be going to the hospital at 2pm to visit Mike and hopefully he is still progressing well.  So far no one has men…

Friday morning

Another late start this morning but the dogs next door barked for most of the night and kept us all awake.  Saw Mike in the hospital and he is making good progress physiologically though he is now complaining of boredom which is a good sign.  We offered to take him in things to entertain him but he turned them all down.  He is still on intravenous antibiotics but at last they seem to be doing the trick and the physiotherapists are mobilising him.  As his condition improves so they are reducing his oxygen consumption.  So all looking very positive.
The rest of us are hunkered down trying to shake off the last of the chest infections that have plagued us.  I don't know what is going on with the blog yesterday I published around 4am but it was at least 2hours before the blog was available.  I don't think it was my fault after all I have been doing this for a while now.
I found a portion of bolognese sauce in the freezer so that is out for lunch today and for supper I fancy a cor…

Thursday morning

This is a bit more like my usual time, having caught up with lots of lost sleep I must say that I do feel better.  Yesterday I managed to catch up on a bit of the paper work at home but I really could use a filing clerk as I tend to end up with piles of paper that just gather dust.  There seem to be loads of little jobs that end up taking forever, like renewing Mike's blue badge.  I have however added Denzil to the car insurance so he can use the car if he needs to or to run an errand for me.
James had a very rough day yesterday and his chest is suffering but I am hopeful that as he is so much younger he will bounce back a bit more quickly than I did.  Denzil is teetering on the edge but as yet has not succumbed.  
My large order from Tesco arrived as scheduled yesterday afternoon so we are now well stocked for the next few days by which time we should all be on the mend I hope.  Today for lunch I have some pork belly strips which I intend to cook in a barbecue sauce with plain b…

Wednesday morning

Sorry to be so late again but I have been completely knocked out and slept the sleep of the just.  I cannot remember the last time I have slept for 12 hours but it is amazing what exhaustion can do.  I was feeling much better last night so I went to visit Mike but actually I wish I hadn't as he was very unpleasant and aggressive gave me a list of his requirements and then summarily dismissed me.  I did manage to have a chat with the nurse in charge who was concerned that he seems mentally not 100% however we are uncertain if this is him being cussed or if the infection has scrambled his brain.  They are going to carry out a full assessment and see if they can analyse what is occurring.  I do hope this is not the first signs of dementia and he is just his usual cussed self.  He is back on intravenous antibiotics and up to 6 litres of oxygen as it would appear he has a multi resistant staphylococcus aureus infection on top of his pneumonia.  Anyway there is no talk of his discharge…

Tuesday morning

Good morning all.  I am slowly mending I seem to sleep well at night and feel good in the morning but by lunch time I am running out of gas and by early evening I am completely finished so I am just going with the flow.  I must say I woke this morning thinking that all this brouhaha has serve one useful purpose - I couldn't care less what we have for Christmas lunch I would be happy with egg and chips.  Perhaps this is the time to put my christmas theory to the test and move the date on by one week so can buy all the goodies at half price!!!!  All thoughts of decluttering and moving have been put on the back burner and our energies are all directed at getting better and keeping ourselves fed and watered.  
I actually ventured out of the house yesterday but only to go to the pharmacy.  I had been through Mikes bedside chest of drawers and discovered a stock pile of drugs which I took back feeling rather embarrassed.  Anyway at least we can start with a clean sheet when he is disch…

Monday morning

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Good morning all, here I sit this morning with a CUP OF COFFEE!!! At last I am feeling much better.  The boys did the shopping for me yesterday and I managed to do the lunch.  I went for an easy task and did a simple roast chicken with carrots, peas, mash and gravy.  Supper was the cold chicken made into chicken salad sandwiches and the carcass is making stock in the slow cooker, which should mean a nice mushroom risotto for lunch today.  I hope this is not a false dawn so I must be careful now not to over do things but the temptation is huge.  Everywhere I look I see things which need doing but none of them is urgent so I must resist the instinct to get things done and I will content myself with a bit of cooking and lots of knitting.  I get tired quite quickly so I take lots of breaks.  I mention this as I am the first one to dish out advice but please note I am taking my own advice for a change and behaving myself.  Today is not the day to prune the wisteria!!!!!
Given Mikes progre…

Sunday morning

Good morning all I think I am back in the land of the living at last. I have one more day of antibiotics to complete the course.  I still can't face coffee so I am sticking to tea for the time being.  Mike is making good progress and is now getting stroppy so he must be better.  I haven't seen him for a week but I have had regular reports from the boys who have been keeping the ship afloat.  
I feel that I need to explain my reticence to have a carer come in.  The last time Mike was discharged we had a carer and it was more of a hindrance than a help to me.  I spent the time running about finding the bits and pieces she needed and showing her where things were.  Then she has a day off and I find myself doing it all over again with a new person.  Of course the dogs are nosey so they have to be kept out of the way and all of this just to put a flannel over his face.  There is no chance of a lie in as you have to up to let them in and frankly it just disrupts my morning routine …

Thursday morning

Well I am still alive but only just this infection has really knocked me sideways.  The boys are being very good to me and I am behaving myself and doing all the right things to get better.  I am like an animal when I get ill and just curl up and sleep until I get better.  Mike is continuing to improve and apparently the staff want to send in a carer which with three adults in the house seems a little ridiculous given the shortage of money in the system.  I am not sure exactly what they think the carer can do that we cannot.  I am also sure there are plenty of people who are on their own who could well use the help.  I am sure between the three of us we can help him wash and dress and I am a past master when it comes to bed making.
Anyway that about it for today I still can't face coffee and am sticking to tea which I am tolerating.

Tuesday morning

Nothing much has changed James visited Mike and he is improving again.  I spent most of the day sleeping.  The boys fed and watered me but I have a really nasty cough and headache. Interestingly I cannot face coffee but I am drinking gallons of tea and squash.  Hopefully a couple of days rest will do the trick.

Monday morning

Sorry to be so late but I spent a lot of time at the hospital as Mike took a turn for the worse and had to be ventilated.  I have have had a rough night as I too now have his chest infection so I am having a day off and intend to catch up on some sleep.  The boys are in charge so I have nothing to worry about.

Sunday morning

Good morning all.  Yesterday was a day of down pours but I managed to miss them all and stay dry. We had our lovely breakfast which does have a slight disadvantage in that we were so full neither Denzil nor I felt hungry until supper time.  I restocked my coffee supplies and at the butchery department I bought some mutton chump chops as well as some beautiful pork chops.  Mutton is hard to come by but I do like the flavour which is a bit more intense than lamb. They will need long slow cooking.  In the £1 bag section I bought a bag of red peppers which had 8 perfect red peppers which I immediately chopped up and made into a peperonata that we had with our black watch scotch eggs for supper.  I was also delighted to see that in the parsnip section there were roots of all different sizes and shapes none of this supermarket beautiful vegetables nonsense Hugh would have been proud.
While we were out shopping James had run round with the hoover and had a general tidy up.  I must admit I a…

Saturday morning

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Good morning all another good nights sleep last night despite a bit of a drippy nose.  I spent much of the morning trying to sort out an online banking problem.  Since changing my password the bank no longer recognised the computer and though it offered to send me a magic number it had the wrong mobile phone number so I was completely screwed and had to phone for assistance.  Anyway after entering my hat size and inside leg measurement I now have access to the account again. Nothing is ever simple is it.  
Although the weather was wet we went ahead and did the laundry especially all Mikes bedding and we have made his bed up with clean linen and given the room a good airing.  Lunch was a tiny piece of brisket that had been slow cooked and was served with carrots, peas and Yorkshire puddings. Supper was some Lincolnshire sausages with stuffed tomatoes which the boys organised.  
The dogs had a wonderful morning walk/swim as the tide was up so they came home exhausted if a bit damp.  De…

Friday morning

Good morning all at last a morning when I haven't woken in panic.  It seems it doesn't take much these days to tip me over the edge.  Mike is looking much better and I had a read of his notes the plan is for a chest X-ray and if necessary a pleural tap to drain any fluid accumulated in the base of his chest.  I got my knuckles wrapped for reading the notes but I restrained my self from explaining the the legal situation or admonishing the nurse for leaving them freely available for anyone to read. I had the information I needed and it was not worth a fight.
I have no idea what your 38th wedding anniversary is supposed to be but we decided it was a boxer shorts anniversary as that was Mikes present.  The boys did me proud we had individual beef wellingtons of which there were three in the freezer and for supper they made a big Mexican burrito meal.  I put a piece of brisket in the slow cooker where it has been over night so it should be very tender and with all the accompanyin…

Thursday morning

Good morning all - first an update on Mike who is faring much better now that he has been persuaded or forced to do what he is told.  The physios made him get up and walk with a frame of course movement makes him cough which hurts but is necessary to shift what is in his chest.  His breathing is much improved and hopefully he is on the mend.  I was so poleaxed with tiredness that the boys went to visit without me as I had fallen into a deep sleep they decided to leave me in peace for which I am duly grateful.
Today is our 38th wedding anniversary and the boys organised a card for Mike to write which was nice of them. 
Yesterday I found that I had masses of vegetables which needed using so I made a massive pot of vegetable soup and a batch of courgette pancakes which we had for supper.  Lunch had been a simple salad with tuna burgers which never cease to amaze me they are so easy and so tasty.  I now have gallons of soup remaining which will be put in the freezer for another occasion.…

Wednesday morning

Good morning all it is Wednesday so it is raining it seems to have rained every Wednesday for ages as that is my shooting day so another cancelation.  
I went to see Mike yesterday and he is now off his drip and all the monitoring equipment so much improved.  I had a chat with the nurse who was looking after him and she was having difficulty with him as he wont do what he is told.  "Welcome to my world" she was trying to persuade him to sit out in a chair and keep his oxygen on but he refused.  I think she was hoping I could persuade him but he has been ignoring my advice for ages. We all had a go at trying to get him out of bed but he flatly refused - non compliant patients are a real challenge.  Now that he is a bit more with it I asked him if he wanted me to alert his brothers that he was in hospital but that too was refused.  He must be getting better as his cussedness has returned with a vengeance.  I did manage to get him to take his medication and drink a big glass o…

Tuesday morning

Good morning all - Mikes condition is continuing to improve and yesterday I had a chat with one of the doctors who looks about 12, getting old means they all look too young to know anything. Anyway I was please that he confirmed my diagnosis of hypostatic pneumonia.  This has left me very ambivalent as I have been warning Mike not to lie in his bed for most of the day and tried to explain that with his chest condition he needs to sit up.  Would he listen, would he hell, so now we have what is in essence a self inflicted injury.  Needless to say they have him sat bolt upright in the bed. Fortunately only one lung is affected and it is giving him quite a lot of pain when he coughs as the antibiotics are doing their job.  Chatting to him also showed that he was a little confused and claimed that he has not been given any medication since admission.  Of course the medication has been given intravenously rather than in tablet form.  His arms look black and blue where they have been gettin…

Monday morning

Good morning all first an update on Mike he has at last been taken to the high dependency unit and I have just rung to check on his condition which was raising a bit of concern.  It seems he managed a couple of hours sleep and his medical condition seems to have stabilised.  He is no longer febrile so the antibiotics are doing their job.  I have been told to visit after 2pm which is a bit of a bind as I am not at my best in the afternoon if I have had an early start.  However, I did take him in a bag with all that is necessary for life including a mobile phone with only my number on it so there is no room for confusion.
I will get the boys to run me into the hospital this afternoon and then fetch me when I am done as parking is a real pain not to mention expensive and as we live so close it makes sense to just drop people off and fetch them.
Amid all the hubbub I cooked a chicken for lunch and we now have cold chicken for lunch today and a big pot of broth from the carcass.  Of cours…

Sunday morning

Just in case you think it has been a bit quiet in the house for a while Mike took a turn for the worse yesterday late afternoon and by early evening I had to dial 999 and get an ambulance.  He suddenly spiked a fever and became very breathless.  I went with him in the ambulance and stayed in A&E until I was happy they had stabilised him.  Sadly the bed shortage means he is still in A&E and they are still waiting for a bed to become available.  I have been asked to ring back in a couple of hours and once I know where they are going to admit him I can ferry in a bag of bits and bobs wash kit etc. Fortunately we are only 5 minutes from the hospital so I have come home and managed to get a couple of hours sleep.  It would seem that he has a major infection somewhere but as he has no symptoms it is difficult to tell where.  Anyway he is on intravenous paracetamol to bring down his fever and also antibiotics to curb the infection.  So now it is a waiting game.  
I must say that the…