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This & That ~ When We Last Left Off


So, as I mentioned in yesterday's post, I'm making a better effort to blog. For me. For family and friends. For the memories.

Things may be jumbled a bit as we go backwards in time a little LOL but if you're still with me after my 6ish month hiatus, you've probably come to expect that from me anyway. :-D

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When we last left off (Oct 19th), I was in a hospital waiting room as my husband was having back surgery.

The surgery was a success.

They fused L5 and S1 of his vertebrae. He had rods, plates and screws placed.


He was in the hospital for a week and came home that Friday (surgery was Monday morning). The day of his surgery, they had him up and walking. On Tuesday, they attempted to have him walking but the initial surgery drugs had worn off and he was feeling everything. After they got his pain under control, he was up walking several times a day. On Friday, they deemed him well enough to come home.

He is on bending and twisting restrictions and isn't supposed to lift anything more than 5 lbs (although at his one month check up in Nov, the doc said "if it hurts, don't do it" so he's not AS restricted as he was LOL).

He's also stuck not being able to work for 6 months. He's already going insane LOL

All in all, he's doing really well. The first few weeks, he was moving really slow but now I'm back to trotting to keep up with him. ☺ It's a slow healing process but he's already in less pain, so that's good news. ☺

Well, there's the good news and now for the not-so-good-but-not-terrible-news:

About a week after he came home from surgery, my Dad went in the hospital (3 days before Halloween actually). Dad has congestive heart failure and his legs were horribly swollen with fluid. He ended up spending 3 weeks in the hospital trying to get the fluid off (he'd been in the hospital twice before for the same problem but nowhere near for the length of time he spent this time). He spent 3 days on a dialysis machine where he couldn't move an inch for the whole 3 days. He ended up losing over 20 pounds of fluid.

It was pretty touch and go for awhile. He had a team of doctors and countless prayers being sent. He'd improve and they'd say he could go home the next day and then something would happen and he'd be stuck another day or two and it'd start all over again.

**soapbox moment**

With any sort of illness or injury, you need a positive attitude about your situation. You need hope, optimism, good thoughts and prayers. Your doctor is supposed to have a positive attitude, regardless of your situation.

What you DON'T need is a doctor who is always a pessimistic. A doctor who never has any good news. Sure, some things may be bleak, but there is ALWAYS good somewhere amidst the bleakness. Dad, unfortunately had a doctor like that. We called him Dr. Death. EVERY time he came to see Dad, it was always doom and gloom. At one point he told Dad he had 6 months to live. What the hell!!

Now, we know this is serious and people CAN die from this but you STILL shouldn't just say someone only has 6 months to live and leave it at that. Be a little more positive about the situation. Find a solution, something to make the situation at least a little more bearable. Give the person hope, something to grasp. We don't know what's going to kill us or when and neither do the doctors.

**off soapbox**

Anyway, after trying different medications and monitoring him, he was able to go home a week before Thanksgiving. Wahoo! I was able to spend Thanksgiving with him and for that I'm VERY thankful. ☺

He's doing good now. He's still having a little bit of problem with fluid in his legs but not to the extent it was before he went in the hospital and his kidneys aren't being very nice but he's holding his own. Still working, still traveling to car shows and refusing to listen to Dr. Deaths "prediction". He's seeing his heart doctor once a week currently but once he keeps showing improvement, he'll probably go to every 2 weeks or so. Not completely out of the woods yet, so prayers would be appreciated.

And there's my first back-in-the-past recap. I can't promise the rest won't be so word vomity tho but they should have more pictures ;-).

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