We went to the Dialysis Center in Paris on Tuesday. Line was flushed twice - worked great. Bandage was changed - looks good. We were taught how to change the bandage, and it will need to be changed daily for the next 5 weeks.
Rick was given permission to take showers again :-). We have to cover the catheter site with a plastic bag and tape right now, but at least he can take a shower!!! And he did the next day - said he felt MUCH BETTER! lol
Physical therapy was Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Therapist says that his range of motion is great. And his strength is good in the hand. He is progressing at a good rate. Friday, the bicep was tight, which made the stretching part of therapy hurt more.
Rick has exercises now that he is to be doing at least once (preferably twice) a day at home. Having to force his way thru the "good hurt".
Several phone calls between doctors trying to figure out who and when is going to do what. Sigh. Think we finally have it resolved.
For Rick's kidneys -- Dr. Greenwell, Paris TX, is going to be Rick's primary doctor. With Dr. Arneke, Sulphur Springs, as a back-up. Dr. Tobin will be on consultation only at this point.
For his shoulder -- Dr. Devinney is primary. Dr. Cutrell is overseeing. And Jeff is the physical therapist.
OUCH!!! Neither Rick nor I are supposed to be doing a lot of bending and stretching, pulling or pushing, lifting ... ever try to clean house - scrub house - and move stuff around without doing any of those things?
Makes us think and figure out ways to be creative - at least enough to get it done. LOL
Not sure when they are going to deliver supplies. We will be in Paris 4 days next week for the training. Then, the nurses will be here for part of the day on Friday to make sure we "got it".
Lord, help us please!!!
The food was good, too! :-) Tried to be a good girl and not eat too much of anything ... but needed to taste most of it ;-)
You never really realize how important family is until you go thru some health issues that are life threatening!
I have pictures that I am trying to get uploaded to the computer so that I can put them on here.
Remember also that Christmas isn't about the tree, the presents, the food. It is about being with those that you love, that love you. It is about fellowship.
No one is perfect - but as family and friends, we are here to pick one another up when we fall down.