(Editor’s Note: Today we welcome a new blogger, Penny, who cares for her husband, Carl. You can connect with Penny on her profile page: @penmen.)
This week will start the preparation for Carl going on dialysis. On Wednesday, he has an appointment with the urologist and the anesthesiologist. The 15th will be the day of his surgery. It will be done in his right forearm. That’s making him a little nervous; he’s afraid of losing the strength in that arm because he’s right-handed. I try to reassure him that it will be fine and once he’s on dialysis he’ll start to feel better. I don’t think he totally believes me. He knows I have no real experience in this, it’s just as new to me as it is to him. I am doing a lot of reading about dialysis and we watched a DVD about it. There’s so much to learn. On the 21st he has an appointment with the pulmonary doctor for his COPD.
In addition to Carl’s appointments, I have my own. On Monday, I have an ultrasound on my legs and then I see the vascular surgeon on the 16th for the report. On the 23rd, I have an appointment with a movement disorder doctor for the Tardive Dyskinesia I have from taking Reglan. On the 30th, I start a Research Program for the peripheral vascular disease. I’m hoping to get the real drug and not the placebo. In the afternoon I see the ophthalmologist for glaucoma.
In between all the appointments someone from the VA Hospital will be coming to the house to evaluate everything so Carl could use peritoneal dialysis at home. We’re hoping this will be possible. It’s done through a catheter in his stomach lining, during the night while he sleeps. It could be done every night and give him much better days. It means the additional surgery, but he’s willing to go through that. There will also be an appointment for Carl to be evaluated to be a candidate for a transplant.
We have a full plate this month but a lot of positive things happening. I hope we get some positive reports from the doctors.
Carl is keeping himself busy. He has two boats in the driveway to repair. He does this in his spare time. He’s also building a canoe in the garage. He takes the dog to the dog park or for a walk around the neighborhood. We babysit our son’s dog during the week also.
I’m staying busy with all my plants and spending time on the computer. I do a lot of shopping on the computer, I think I can find better buys than at the stores. I’m also into baking and cooking. I go to the gym for a Silver Sneakers Program as often as possible, and try to do some walking in between everything else.
We have a great life together and we share it with our son and daughter-in-law. We live in one of the most beautiful places in the country. There are beautiful views from all of our windows, and the mule deer visit us almost every day. We’re very fortunate for what we have.