Well, today’s primary Tuesday Truths are all about sickness and hospitals.
First, it sucks to be sick. I have some thing going on with my throat that has caused laryngitis and coughing and just misery in general. Coughing makes me tired and relatively sleepless and laryngitis makes it difficult to teach and talk on the phone or talk to people in your house. Basically, anything. So, yeah – that’s where that’s at. Hopefully my voice will soon return to full strength and this cough takes a hike.
Second, hospitals are exhausting. I spent all day yesterday in the hospital for my DD’s annual heart biopsy. She did relatively well, but it is still a long, long day. We arrived at 7:30 a.m. and didn’t leave until 3:30 p.m. and in between we dealt with pre-op upset, post-op upset and just general frustration on hers and our part. Trying to keep a six year old laying completely flat for four hours is a bit ridiculous if you ask me, but it is what they want us to do to keep her from bleeding at the access sites. And she gets super frustrated and we get super frustrated and at some point, I just kind of give up and hope for the best. Everything went okay. The sites look fine today. So, I think we did a good enough job. Her rejection level was 1A which is a bit of a disappointment after the last few zeroes, but the NP says that is basically the same as a zero (which is obviously not true or they wouldn’t have a zero and a 1A), but we’ll take it. It means no steroid treatment or change in meds. So, we’re good. Everything else looked good as well. So, hopefully another year before we have to go through that again.
Third, having a sick, aging parent on hospice sucks. My mom was here all weekend and she was considerably weaker than the prior weekend (just four days later). And since she went home on Sunday she has gotten progressively worse. Yesterday she didn’t really get out of bed. My sister went down there today and says she is not making a lot of sense and seems very disoriented. She is weak and now they want to get her a hospital bed. Her caregiver seems to be a little low on the caregiving department since she says she can’t help her get into bed, which I was able to do this weekend. So, now we may have to look for someone else OR we just need to convince my mom to go into assisted living, which she will hate, but which will probably be good for her. I’m exhausted after taking care of her the last two weekends not because of having to help her move around, but more because of her emotional state. I was also getting sick, so I didn’t feel good this weekend, and I think it all caught up to me this week. Hence, my loss of voice.
So, that’s it – my Tuesday Truths. Not much positive here, I know. Its been a rough weekend. And it has continued into the week. But, I’m hoping things start to look up. Maybe my voice will come back, hopefully this weekend will be without a hospital visit AND my mom will get what she needs and be more comfortable. And, I hope to get some sleep. And, get some grading done. And, finish cleaning/organizing my house. And, go to the fair. And, read some books. And, just R-E-L-A-X. Yeah, right. What about you? What’s your Tuesday Truth?