Monday, January 18, 2016

Pear Juice and Stars

FL was awake when I arrived today, and for a little while I thought it was going to be a good day.  He was moving about with his zimmer frame, with guidance from a nurse, and got from the bed to his chair without incident or apparent pain.

However, he was soon slumped over his table, refusing to drink the "tainted water".  I offered to get him a drink from the vending machine and he asked for diet pepsi.  They only had coke, but he drank half a cup of it.  I then remembered bringing in a pot of prepared pears and offered them.  He brightened up and asked just to have the juice, no actual fruit.  So I strained that into a cup and he drank with obvious relish.
Hooray!

But as the day went on he sank lower and lower in his chair and complained more and more of the pain in his ribs as "agony".  I called the nurse, who called the doctor, and they decided to try a heat pad.  They are still trying to wean him off the opiate painkillers.
They were going to prescribe a "heat spray" until I pointed out that it contains the same ingredient as aspirin, to which he is severely allergic.  The doctor looked dubious "What would happen?" she asked.  "His throat would swell up and he would collapse!" I replied.  "Ah!"
They decided to try a Capsis gel - basically they are going to paint him with chilli sauce.  It might help with the shingles pain too, so definitely worth a try.

I spent most of the day knitting my Starman test knit for Helen of The Wool Kitchen.
I also caught up on some work-related reading.  I have realised that I need to keep in touch with what is going on in the office, even if I can't be there.   Otherwise, it will be even harder to go back when the time comes.

Thank you for all the packed lunch ideas :)  I know that this is the sensible thing to do, but I am finding it hard to be that organised right now.  However, tomorrow I need to stop at the shop to get some pear juice for FL (if such a thing exists) and will see what I can find for me while I am there.
I do listen!

Oh - and a miracle has occurred!  The middle neighbour popped a note through the door with her mobile number, offering to let the dog out if I get stuck in town one night!
I texted my thanks.
Hero raised an eyebrow.


27 comments:

Catherine said...

That chilli patch stuff can all be painful... so you might want to get some bags of ice from a supermarket just in case. A hospital tried that on my husbands knee and it work for a while and then began to sting (which they said might happen and if it did to put ice on it)... not sure how good ice might be for your FL... but either way good luck and hope it all goes well.

Sleep well and take food for yourself - even a service station sandwich!!

Wakeymakes said...

Fantastic that there are so many different treatments for the same thing. Glad FL is now somewhere they have time and patience to try. Bless your neighbour it's amazing how people rally round. Knitting is amazing. Love to you both K xXx

Vivienne Macphail said...

I can understand the fruit juice. My dad love fridge-cold tinned mandarins when he was very poorly. I decanted them into plastic boxes. He just sort of sucked them before spitting out the skins. Also those little tubs of fruit jelly from the supermarket can be soothing for sore throats. Good that the neighbour has offered help! Wishing you strength.

opakowana said...

I don't know where you can buy pear juice, but Sainsbury's sell cartons of own apple and pear juice (tall, 1l cartons). or just cook pears and strain - as you've done. no effort or thinking needed :)
You have a good neighbour! Hero will be OK.
Be careful with the chilli stuff, can be painful on a weak person's body.

Here is hoping for a decent day for you tomorrow...and tomorrow....

Twelfthknit said...

I have used chili (capsaicin) roll-zone with some success in the past with trigeminal pain.

seamedstraightforward said...

The Copella brand cloudy apple juice is very nice too, it might just hit FL's sweet spot! It should be in the chiller cabinet next to the other fruit juices.
Really pleased to hear that your middle neighbour has made a friendly approach, that must mean a lot to you just now.
And your knitting looks beautiful -lovely colours.
Thinking of you both, as always.

Maureen said...

Lidl at Bucksburn might have pear nectar.

Violet said...

Look in the Polish section of your local supermarket (if you have one, we do down here in Edinburgh) - they sell Pear Nectar which is thicker than apple juice, but still juicy. Failing that, I think they still make the pasturized pear juice for babies - might want to try the baby food section!

Jen said...

For you - when I'm running out of the door and realise I need a packed lunch... I grab some oatcakes and a pot of hummus (hopefully there's a pot in the fridge) and some cherry tomatoes (if I'm lucky). Oatcakes are so easy and delicious.
For FL - echo other comments - Lidl/Polish sections of supermarket for pear juice.
xxx

MaryinTN said...

Careful with capsaicin. A lower dosage one might be best if they can find it. It can start to burn after a while but it is easy to wash off. Glad FL enjoyed the pear juice. Baby food aisle or Polish stores are only consistent places I've found it. Larger markets might have it in import section of the store or juice aisle. Very glad middle neighbor has offered to help. And your knitting is just lovely as always. I really like the way that colorway is knitting up

ambermog said...

Echoing the pear juice at Lidl comment and do please eat Roo. I've found this past 2 weeks of Mr Mog being in and out then in hospital I forget to eat in the day if I stay all day and am often too tired to cook much at night. I got M&S sandwich yesterday on way in and some pineapple pieces for Mr M. He wolfed them down despite not eating much now. I brought him home tonight. Not sure which of us was most pleased. Thank you so much for the fabulous card and present. Sending strength and le xxx

Mog said...

Hi Roo, I'm glad to hear you have back-up for Hero. One less thing to worry about, hopefully. I can't help with pear juice, but would a slow cooker and flask for lunches be any use for lunches?

It's good to hear they're trying to get FL onto a different pain regime. Sorry to hear about the fall. Fingers crossed they find something to help.

You're doing a fab job under difficult circumstances. Look after yourself as well as you can. You need your strength driving back and for and keeping things going for you all. Sending love, xxx

Sarahel said...

I was going to suggest a health food shop for pear juice, but you've had many more accessible suggestions I think. Glad there might be something to tempt FL with. And I love the knitting. The colours are fabulous and the pattern really has stars! Take good care of both of you. OX

Tamsin said...

Hope you can find some pear juice for FL. Simple things can make one very happy when things are tough. But you *must* look after your self too, eating is good even if it is the last thing you want to think about. Your knitting looks fab!

Tamsin said...

Hope you can find some pear juice for FL. Simple things can make one very happy when things are tough. But you *must* look after your self too, eating is good even if it is the last thing you want to think about. Your knitting looks fab!

CarolS said...

Lots of positives among the more challenging things today, good idea to put some soup or last night's stew in a wide necked thermos flask; and fruit chunks or yoghourt? for FL?
I had one broken rib a couple of years ago, it wasn't nice and was Very painful in the first week, can't imagine doing without pain relief for an injury like that never mind all the other issues.
Hurray for the neighbour.

Louise Perry said...

Glad he enjoyed the pear juice. Lots of love.

Lizzi said...

Nice that your neighbour has offered help - that is one thing less for you to worry about. You are doing just fine.

Nick UK said...

We have had Granini brand pear juice which is very good, in glass bottles which are resealable.

Susan_in_Peckham said...

sending warm thoughts to you both, hoping you're able to get a good nights sleep and some time to recharge each evening. Take care of yourself

Probably Jane said...

When my dad was in hospital the thing he got most excited about was the half a pot of Body Shop Mandarin Lip Balm that I fished out of the bottom of my handbag. Reminds me how much finding these unexpected little things to give comfort matter and how they will stay with you.

Nursebennett said...

Not sure I've commented before, but as a former Hospice nurse, I'm greatly relieved your precious FL is under their care. Please take extra care of yourself in the small things. You are a beautiful person. I find myself checking first thing after my little one is asleep for an update. He is five and I have shared about your situation and we both remember you in our prayers each night. Much love sent from myself and my little boy Tripp.

justmejay said...

Despite the continuing issues, so very glad to hear that you are both in a better place compared to where you were.

Re lunch - my standard work lunch fare is plain boiled rice (I make enough for the week), reheated at work and mixed with a small tin of tuna.

Looking forward to seeing the knitting finished - love the colours

jessica said...

The knitting looks gorgeous~ and it sounds like you might have some pear juice options for FL! (We used to get fruit nectar in China and then water it down to get the consistency of juice)

I know that packed lunches can be overwhelming - TOTALLY. Half the time I can't manage and it's just me. It's important to stock some lunch things in the fridge/cupboard that are ZERO PREP (like hummus, apples, bread, crackers, nuts, avocado, canned tuna, cheese etc.) Then, if you have the brain space, pick up some lesser-perishables that can be easily converted (1 step cooking) into foods that will store in the fridge (like rice, eggs, carrot sticks, etc.) You have them as an option, but they can languish for a week or two if you don't get to it and will still be OK.

Also, be sure you've got a couple protein options for yourself. Eggs, nuts, hummus, canned tuna, etc. The protein/fat will make you feel full + keep the food in your stomach (whereas if you just eat pure carbs they will run through your system and create sugar highs/lows).

The best is if your grab-and-run lunch is a protein + carb, protein + fruit, protein + veggie, etc. (you see why protein is important to keep stocked on hand, especially in no-think-easy-storage format) Rice and tuna, banana and nuts, eggs and rice, hummus and crackers, carrots and cheese, etc. You get the idea.

Get yourself some chocolate! And rice, eggs, etc. can be cooked and kept for the week, you'll thank yourself later :-).

OK. Former health coach is turning off her lecturing brain now :-).

Hoping FL finds some pain relief, and soon!! And wishing you a deep sleep tonight. <3<3.

sewalign said...

You could put the pears in a blender/juicer to make juice for FL to drink if you cannot find pear juice. My sister has dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) so we have to use a blender to puree food.

Laura said...

Good heavens, Roo, you'll be able to write your own recipe book with all these suggestions :)

That's good of your neighbour, and good to have one less thing to worry about. It sounds like the hospice are doing what they can, and with you doing so much as well, FL is in good hands.

I've loved seeing all the Starman tests pop up in my Instagram feed this week. It looks like it's going to be an awesome shawl :)

TempestKnits said...

Oh, the joys of steering around serious allergies! I am so glad you were able to speak up for your dear FL to avoid a disaster! I have serious drug allergies too (anaphylaxis), so I always use the precaution of making sure that EVERYONE involved in my care knows of them (very important - if there is a shift change even though this info. SHOULD be available to all it sometimes get overlooked, unbelievably). Pear juice is lovely - it was something that my Father used to enjoy too. I had success at Aldi, but I think Lidl would be a good bet too. I know this isn't much in the way of proper nutrition, but try to pick up some snack packs of nuts, seeds and dried fruit to snack on for yourself. Rosemary said this was all she could manage, along with a quick dash on occasion to the hospital canteen. Do take care, Ruth (and your Starman shawl is looking lovely).