Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Advent sock day 9

When the Haematology doctor came to see FL today, it was the first time he had been seen by someone who knew him and understood how far his condition has deteriorated in an alarmingly short time.  He brightened up when we woke him to see a familiar face, someone who might be able to help.
This doctor was firmly of the opinion that he doesn't have a chest infection at all, "just" excessive fluid built up in his chest.  She bumped up his dose of diuretic tablets and suggested reducing his morphine levels to get him awake and mobile again.  His legs are badly swollen, so he is going to get some help from a physiotherapist.  I mentioned a blood transfusion, and she agreed it would be good to get that done while he is in hospital, sooner rather than later.
She promised to do all she can to get him on to the specialist ward:  the beds are currently all taken up by chemotherapy patients. 
When they brought his lunch, I sought refuge in the cafe attached to the medical school and made use of work's free wifi to catch up on emails. When I returned, he was asleep on the table, lunch abandoned and pills ignored.  I spent the next half hour trying to wake him to take the pills and sip some water.
I decided to go to work for the rest of the afternoon.  I needed to make sure I had left clear instructions for someone else to cover the essentials if I can't be there.
Back home, the farm was doing a good impression of Wuthering Heights and I had a bit of a meltdown.  Oh dear, Roo!
I was rescued by a phone call from my son, who works in a call centre.  He was cursing the Norse gods for cancer and I sobbed that I was worried his boss would hear him.  He thought that was hilarious, as he was in the corridor on his mobile:  if he had been on a work line, his language would automatically have set off red flashing lights and an alarm on his supervisor's monitor and he would have been hauled out of the room!  What a marvelous system - we should have the same in my workplace!
I had a second call from one of FL's golf pals who visited him this evening.  He had been much more alert and managed to walk to the toilet with a nurse, attempting a waltz!?!
Wow.  Just wow.
I can sleep more easily now.  And I hope not to wake at 4am, expecting to give FL his pills...

PS Hero accepts your congratulations for exceptional bladder control :)

Continue sock A by knitting 9 rounds. Today's theme is runes. For those of you doing colorwork, you can find below charts that you can use to write your own name or at least something close to it. Since runes have been used, among others, by vikings, today's color comes from vikings as well. In viking mythology, there is the rainbow bridge of Bifrost that was made from fire (=red), air (=blue) and water (=green). So, choose your color based on which element you feel is closest to your personality.

Oh, you know me, I can't just make a decision that easily!
I decided to look up the meaning / element of the runes which would spell "Roo"to see if that gave me a single answer.

Raido Rune - Uses: invites renewal, safe spiritual or physical journeyRaidoRJourney, Wheel
Invites Renewal and Safe Journey - Physical or Spiritual
Air

Uruz Rune - Uses: Invites creativity & wealthUruzUStrength
Invites Creativity
and Wealth
Earth

Wow!
That feels like a message from my son's Norse gods.
As my last stripe was the colour of Earth, I chose the colour of Air, blue.



24 comments:

HappyAcademicRunner said...

Dear Roo, Glad you are getting some sleep. It sounds positive - not an infection is good. I hope they get FL to a specialist ward. You are both so impressive and inspiring. I know you to see in work and said hello once, mentioning your blog. If there is ever anything I can do, run an errand etc, please let me know. I am anxious not to intrude. You deserve every support. Xxx

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Sorry I posted twice and thus deleted.

karen ball said...

I've been meaning for the past week to send you an email, and I've realised I don't have your email address. I am thinking of you and following recent events closely and with my heart going out to you. If you do still have my email address, I'd love to chat properly.

Miss said...

Dear Roo, I am so glad to hear that a doctor who knows FL (and you!) arrived on the scene.
You are a brave woman. FL is a brave man. I can see why you love one another.
Courage! And a hug, from a person you don't know but who cares too.
Blessings surround you and FL and Hero and your family xxx

Ms Goodenough said...

There are no words I can find but wanted you to know that you are in a lot of peoples thoughts.

SewTypical said...

Sending you hugs...

Sewing as Therapy said...

Thinking of you both from afar down here in Oz. Wishing you a good nights sleep, and excellent care for FL. I'm wearing my Nani rio dress that I copied blatantly from yours, in your honour!

MaryinTN said...

Dear Roo. Glad FL is getting some assistance finally. And you are getting further along on the interesting socks. Fluid on the lungs/chest is no good indeed. We are in midst of a similar thing with a family member here that has developed chyle leakage into the pleural area. Doctor told us today to give rutin to help. I don't know if that is something FL could take but you might ask the medical brains there.

Jenny Larking said...

In times of meltdown I find it comforting to hug a dog, especially Hero dog. I do hope they can make FL more comfortable.

pamela said...

Roo - I love the rune meanings attached to your name. They seem just right for you - strength and creativity, and the hope of renewal, a safe journey through the world. It probably doesn't seem very safe at the moment, but you've done your utmost to get FL properly cared for. I hope the stay in hospital makes his life more comfortable, and gives you an opportunity to catch up on rest. Yes - hugging a dog can be very comforting - company while the winds howl around Wuthering Heights!! Thinking of you both.

Lizzi said...

Waltzing now? He’ll be doing the quickstep next :-)

Take all the support and help that is offered to you.

Laura said...

Gosh, that doctor sounds like a vast improvement. Glad he's being seen by someone who understands him.

I think you're entitled to the odd meltdown from time to time. You wouldn't be human otherwise, and I'm sure neither the farm nor the dog minded. Take care of you as well.

xxxx

Roobeedoo said...

Thanks so much.I got your other message. There are 9 people who match those details in the directory :)

Sarahel said...

I do so hope the hospital stay will produce some positive developments. And perhaps you may relax a little while FL is in safe hands. I know the concern of leaving a vulnerable husband while you go to work - I am able to pop home at lunchtime & on Tuesday returned to find mine lying on the floor. He wasn't badly hurt & is slowly recovering, until the next time.

My heart goes out to the two of you.

spabbygirl said...

Blessings to you both, Lynne x

HappyAcademicRunner said...

Indeed but I was worried that I'd out the workplace! I work very part-time as We've a small child to collect from school so I am free if you need me to do something or help. I'll send my email. S

HappyAcademicRunner said...

Email sent.

Minigranny said...

Thinking of you -take care !

HappyAcademicRunner said...

Indeed but I was worried that I'd out the workplace! I work very part-time as We've a small child to collect from school so I am free if you need me to do something or help. I'll send my email. S

ambermog said...

Vibes continuing xx

Unknown said...

Sending you a big warm hug from Wanaka New Zealand. Wish I could make you a cup of tea, cook you a meal or walk your dog!
So glad to read FL still has a dance move in him. loving the knitting but the instructions make my brain ache......like so many, thinking of you, take care, Carol

Susan said...

That was a well earned meltdown, sometimes it just helps to let out all the pain. Thank heavens for the arrival of a doctor who is familiar with FL, hopefully things will improve for him. Best wishes.