Are you going to love it or list it? Are you ready to see your fixer upper? I just don’t think this kitchen is big enough for me! This will all have to be torn out and redone!
And so goes the thoughts in my head the day after being discharged from the hospital. Since cable TV was my only steady friend and we don’t have cable TV at home, we got really well acquainted in the past 3 days. I am convinced now that the wood floors in our home are stunning and that we can stay put for awhile longer. Wood floors are on-trend these days dontcha know?
I also learned that O.B. elastic panties secure blankets over hospital bedrails really well! When you are on “Fall Precautions” and have a history of seizures, they pad the bedrails with them. The only problem is that I am sure that wrapping blankets over metal bed rails hardly meets JCAHO requirements for prevention of injury! They outta have provided bed pads. Oh well. Welcome to the modern hospital complete with a 20+ year old hammock sling for a mattress. Otherwise, the food filled my belly and care was alright.
I was in the hospital after an urgent trip to the Rapid Care Clinic associated with my doctor’s office sent me there on Sunday. The Internal Medicine Doc said I could get an evaluation from an Infectious Disease Specialist there (which I was later promised in the ER as well). That never happened. What did happen was getting pumped with a plethora of drugs that created nausea for the first day and one-half, exhaustion from side effects and lack of sleep, weight gain from 4,000 cc of fluid and food-snacks-with-every-drug-to-protect-my-tummy, and a lesson in humility.
Regarding the latter, I learned that Nurse Practitioners and Physician’s Assistants run the modern hospital in America these days. Or at least they do for what happens bedside. I saw both types of professionals; they got to talk to the Infectious Disease Doc but I did not. Turns out that my acute case of shingles had been seen before so they treated me “by the book.” Never mind my history of daily seizures and concern for the brain-swelling complications that can come with the worst cases of shingles: a disaster potential which could change my life even further, forever. Thank you Lord that I had called the Ophthalmologist on-call the night before and gotten the treatment needed to protect my eyes from the herpes zoster virus. It is through the blurry vision of an eye ointment that I chat with you today! The hospitalists never mentioned protecting my eyes from the spread of this nasty, searingly painful viral infection . . .
So I did my time, got my drugs, stabilized a good part of the intractable pain, and got sent home with: red lesions and swelling on the right side of my face, a 4th day of constipation, lots of prescriptions for drugs and OTC meds, and a renewed sense of what it means to NOT be in charge of your own life, your own healthcare. I did get to ask questions and for that I am grateful. I did receive my Lyme infusions of antibiotics before I left to continue that part of my treatment and for that I am grateful. I tolerated a peripheral line for 3 days without skin irritation and for that I was amazingly grateful. I did catch up on HGTV enough to last me a good long while and for that I am grateful. And I was reasonably able to tolerate a modified, hybrid version of my diet from the hospital menu and for that I am grateful. I was alone for those 3 days and 2 nights yet my Heavenly Husband was always present and for that I am grateful.
There are two other tidbits to note: I met a lady while walking the halls who was in the hospital for pneumonia. She’s a smoker and familiar with Jesus Christ whose birth we celebrate at Christmas. I shared with her a short testimony of how the Lord appeared to be orchestrating the meds I was given during that hospital stay to possibly treat the serious seizures I have been suffering for 5 years. Please join me in praying that the person of Jesus Christ would become real for her as well: as her personal Savior this Christmas.
My second point was hidden in the first noted above. Did ya catch it? Yes, I have not had a seizure since coming home from the hospital and had WAAAY FEWER since taking Neurontin in the hospital. Neurontin is not typically given for Non-epileptic seizure episodes but hey, it is commonly indicated for shingles. Win-win? I am hopeful. What if these 5 years of suffering daily episodes are about to end? It is too soon to tell how this will proceed going forward yet I am grateful for my little Christmas week reprieve for sure!
Merry Christmas to you, Gentle Reader. Be sure to check out the Christmas Letter from Steve and me posted today as well. Even in the dark times there is hope since the Light of the World has come as the person of Jesus Christ. Oh I do hope that you will share with me in knowing this joy today!
And keep an eye on your panties, eh? JJ