Monday, October 10, 2011

Good News

This morning Floyd and I went to see his doctor so that she could explain his CT Scan. Well there was nothing to explain, his brain was clear of any leakage of any kind. She is a little concerned about his confusion, but she wants to wait to see how he does in the next few weeks. He has a mastoid infection and she hopes the antibiotic will clear up his thinking. His confusion doesn't really bother me so long as there is not a physical component. We all get confused as we age.  Floyd's pain is all gone and the one problem which continues to bother him is the dizziness he experiences when he bends over. We figure that is due to the infection. At any rate, we are so happy to have him back with normal brain function, lol. It may not be optimal brain function, but it will do for us! Take care all and I will keep you posted as to how well the antibiotics are working. 

We took the "city bus" to the docs and then to Walmart to pick up his medication and then home. I mean, that was a bumpy ride but Floyd's doc does not want him to drive. Unless it involves his doctor, I will probably be taking the bus alone.Floyd absolutely did not enjoy taking that bus, lol.

Hope everyone has as good of a day as we have had. We are enjoying a lovely, sunny day and it is so good to be out in our warm sunshine.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Busy month so far!

Well here it is October already. This is an absolutely beautiful month here in SW New Mexico.  Our temps are just perfect. I called our plumber today to make an appointment for him to come out and drain and cover our cooler and to light the pilot light on our heater. The soonest this can be done is Oct. 18, so it is a good thing I called!

Kind of an eventful month. Floyd had a little stroke and has had some difficulty eating and talking.  He is slowly recovering however and that makes me very happy. At first I was really scared. Stewart came from Tucson and stayed three days. Deb and hubby Harold came from SoCal and stayed here a week. Well, they actually stayed at LaQuinta, but they were a great help, bought food and prepared it too. Hauled Floyd off to Las Cruces to have a CT Scan of his brain, and spent time with his doctor. We don't know when it happened, but he was eating dinner one night, last Friday, and he looked at me and said "I seem to have trouble swallowing". I called the ambulance and they took him away to the local hospital where they ran labs on him and then let him come home. His tongue was laying on the bottom of his mouth so his speech was very slurred and he had difficulty eating. He was weak and was unsteady on his feet and complained of neck pain. He kept his head bent over because it hurt for him to straighten up.  Well, his neck is getting less painful and he is able to hold his head up now. He still gets dizzy when he bends over. His labs were excellent, but his lower back had been hurting so the ER staff gave him lots of fluids and his lower back quit hurting, sounds as if his kidneys were the problem and it is easy to get dehydrated. He is carrying around bottled water nowadays and he is actually drinking more water. 

So now neither of us can drive and we are making arrangements with the local senior bus and with the local bus service so we can get around town. Floyd can't drive until the doc says he can and I let my license expire last year. Darn!!!

Hopefully, Floyd will continue to improve so we can take care of things ourselves. It is difficult to be dependent on others and Floyd has trouble with this. I'll keep everyone posted as to his progress.