Feb 15 2013 in Caring for Spouses by Pegi
Yesterday was our visit with the second potential Primary for hubby in our new location. Researched this one thoroughly; she specializes in chronic illness. With hopes high, and hubby’s wound of over two months still a mess and a new issue with both feet and legs swollen and red; we trek to her office.
We quickly covered the seemingly endless list of his conditions, and she moved right onto our immediate concern. She took one look at the wound and feet so large I could barely get socks on, let alone shoes. She suggested that the best thing to do at this point (after more than two months of wound care and three regimens of antibiotics by two different doctors) was to let her admit him to the hospital and get him on IV antibiotics. We both breathed a nearly audible sigh of relief and went across the street to the be admitted. This new, wonderful doctor not only wrote up orders to promptly have him seen by an infectious disease doctor; but also a whole barrage of tests to be done. She, knowing our concern for all his conditions and that we had a team of doctors before, arranged for a complete work up!
Between last evening and this morning, all the tests were run stat. We have a new Primary, Cardiologist, Nephrologist, and soon a Vascular Surgeon. She sent in the whole first string. Hubby really liked each and every one of the physicians. Which is a miracle in itself. What a load that is off my shoulders.
He’ll be in the hospital for a few days or so but he even likes the new hospital! He said he never had this kind of service at either of our old ones. His quite impressed with the genuine caring of the staff.
And if all that is not gift enough, she is going to try to get him a week in the inpatient rehab to get back the strength he lost while we were in seclusion! Minimally, depending on what she can get from the insurance, she’ll get him PT while he is in the hospital and home health upon discharge. This hospital also has one of the highest ratings in Florida for both Neurology, Spine Institute and Rehab. Second opinions on spinal cord injuries and surgery are in the mix after we get over this hurdle of cellulitis and wound infection.
In my brain I hear a voice whisper, “Oh ye of little faith?”. Was this His plan for us all along? The tedious time at the motel, the aggravation of the move, all to get to this new location? Is this the belated Christmas miracle I had so hoped for? Time will tell, but for the first time in months we have hope again. God Bless you all who are accompanying us on this journey. Prayers and support from all of you are helping so much.