Remember at Thanksgiving time I wrote about our get-together and as we left, our son Buck said, “It’s a great day to be a Kramer”. Well…today, not so much, at least on the medical front.
Kalissa had a covid exposure so no Christmas with the Friedman’s…
now onto Kelli’s family…
Kelli’s boys, my grandsons, Eli and Emmett, were scheduled to have tubes put in their ears on Tuesday. That didn’t happen. Both of the boys got sick and have terrible coughs. Kelli had to call in at the end of last week and the doctor without seeing them put them on antibiotics.
Kelli sent this note to the family message group on Monday:
“Update from the Hanken house—the boys have been sick for almost a week and were supposed to get tubes tomorrow however since they have been sick with a cold and the crud, they canceled tubes but recommended that they be seen today anyway to possibly get steroids and see if we need to change or extend their antibiotics. Tubes have been rescheduled for Jan 11th“
The doctor’s office ended up calling Kelli back and asked if she could bring the boys in so they could be checked out. She did…this was her next message after that appointment.
“The boys are definitely wheezing and cruddy. Talked to ENT doctors who have since changed their mind to 6 weeks until tubes can be put in since they are this sick. Extending their antibiotics. No steroids or nebulizers for now, but they did run a respiratory panel so we can see exactly which things they have and can have that in mind if more treatment is needed. They also said that I can have a pass to ENT doctors to call and report symptoms if I think they are sick in that time frame and I can call and talk to Doctor Sam if anything changes and they want to treat or change treatment.”
“The boys’ tests came back and they have RSV and rhinovirus/enterovirus.”
So. That was bad news. The boys need tubes so bad. The doctor said she knows they need them but with respiratory issues, it’s not safe to put the boys under to do the surgery. UGH.
When they get tubes is up in the air. They do have to go back to the doctor tomorrow for a check-up being they were so sick earlier in the week.
After I was sleeping Monday night, Kelli sent this message:
“Georiga is definitely going in tomorrow. She wouldn’t go to sleep and so I rocked her for probably 45 minutes before she would quit crying because she didn’t want to sleep in her bed…all while refusing to take any meds and holding her ear. So she slept maybe an hour and she already was up once crying and when I asked her what was wrong she said her ear hurt. So I took her downstairs and made her take meds and threw her in bed with me and here we are currently.”
Kelli ended up taking her to the doctor on Tuesday. Georgia does have an ear infection.
The boys are still growing and considering their health issues, pretty happy.
AHH!! But still, not a good day to be a Kramer…
Jasper, our daughter Kayla’s son, was exposed to Covid at childcare. So far, all is good. He did have Covid this fall, but who knows. To be safe, they are having him tested.
Now to me…I’m okay but today marks the start of my diet. For those of you new here, I have thyroid cancer that has moved to my lungs, and to try to treat that, I need to have a full-body scan. To do the scan, I have to be on a low iodine diet for two weeks before the test.
I’ve done the diet and it’s not fun. This time around, I think it might be some easier. The last time I did this was in April/May of 2019. There are many more new products out and available in our area that make things a little easier.
These products are becoming my new favorites. None of them have salt. YAHOO!!
Kitehill has other products that I want to try but the local food co-op was out. Remember the storm that went through our area. Their power was knocked out for close to 18 hours and they lost a lot of items in their refrigerator section. I was lucky to get these.
I’m using the yogurt to make overnight oats. It’s easy, just mix equal parts of yogurt and oatmeal. Add fruit if you want. Stir it up and refrigerate for five hours or more. I like it. It’s super creamy and good.
I love having these in the refrigerator to grab for something quick.
Being I am new to these products, I just got enough to try. I know already that I will be going back for the yogurt and pure coconut. YUM! It wouldn’t bother me to eat of these even if I wasn’t on the diet. I’ve not tried the other items yet.
As far as side effects of the oral chemo I’m taking…
They gradually get worse although none are anything that I can’t handle. If you remember me saying before there are supposed to be nasty side effects. So far I’m simply annoyed with the side effects and they aren’t bothering my life.
I would list these as my complaints.
Rash on my face- I feel like a teenager with multiple zits that need to be popped. My face is actually itchy from it all.
My scalp is the same way with an itchy feeling.
I have to work to stay hydrated. I often have dry lips, dry eyes, and the like.
Again, not a great day to be a Kramer…
All of these are listed known side effects. There are more possible side effects so I’m considering myself thankful that these are the only ones I really have. I’m also happy to be wearing a mask so everyone doesn’t have to see my face with the rash.
All in all, I’m doing good. I’m happy for the most part…just a little sad we can’t get together as we had hoped for Christmas…but like his true and steady self, Karl will entertain me and keep me busy. We plan to make tamales. I think we can figure out how to make them so that they will still be in compliance with my diet. I’ll report back on that.
Medically we all aren’t doing the best but we all have a good attitude and that is what will keep us going!!