Friday night it was the consensus that I was to get some sleep. I had a rough go of things with my own doctor appointments and sometimes, when a person can’t do much of anything they can control, sleep is the only medicine that does any good.
Kelli and Kayla were here. We went to Good Friday church then came home and tried to figure out something I could eat….something Kramer could eat and something Kayla could eat.
Kramer’s problems with swallowing have progressed over the last couple days. Eating is getting harder and harder. The doctor told him on Tuesday that he’s a little early for this to be happening. He said for some swallowing gets so bad that they need to go on a liquid diet. Unfortunately he has gotten to where everything needs to be soft food….not puree yet but definitely soft.
Kayla is vegetarian.
Me…I put myself on the low iodine diet starting yesterday. I was told at my appointment that we’d do a PET scan and then if nothing shows up on the PET scan, I’d need to have the full body scan. To have the full body scan I have to be on the low iodine diet for 10 days….so I want to be ahead on the two weeks schedule-so I started the diet. Maternity leave for Kelli and Kalissa is coming to an end before long and I want to have their help to manage the childcare kids so the quicker I get this done, the better…that is if I need to have it done.
So…what can we eat??? We ended up with Fajitas. Kayla couldn’t have the meat…I couldn’t have the tortilla. It was a little much for Kramer to eat but he managed by eating very slowly.
After supper all I heard from the three of them was “go to bed mom”….”what can I do so that you’ll just go to bed”….”are you going up soon?”. I really think they all conspired against me.
As tired as I was, I still wanted to do something for me. So I got out the bag that I take on appointments and sorted. I cleaned it out and got another project together to add to the bag. It was just the small simple task that I needed to do to feel like I did something for me and a task I really wanted done before we go to the doctor on Monday for chemo.
By this time it was after 10pm. Then upstairs I went to go to bed. I had every intention of going to sleep but…that didn’t happen. I put some clothes away and putzed. So by 10:45pm I was finally lights out.
At 4:30 I woke up and went to the bathroom…I laid there a few minutes and dozed off. I vaguely remember Kramer going downstairs and the next thing I knew Kelli came barreling up the stairs. Kramer was sick and needed to go to the ER immediately.
I came downstairs. Kramer’s breathing was terrible. He was coughing. We were sure he likely had pneumonia. He requested to go to the ER. That doesn’t happen often….He doesn’t ask to go to the doctor.
Well Kelli and Kayla flew into fast mode. Kramer was bad enough that we thought there was a good chance he’d be admitted. The girls were packing my bags…filling my medicine sorter as they were empty and running to do Kramer’s errands. It was about then that Kayla said – “Oh no. Mom-you need food.” Remember I’m on low iodine now…ugh. So then the girls packed me food and off we went.
We debated awhile on where we would go….Lacrosse or the local hospital ER. We ended up opting for the local hospital. It’s the ER that Kalissa works at and they all treat Kramer like a king when he goes.
Here we are…
…and here’s what we found out.Kramer unknown to me, quit taking his inhalers. He has two that he has taken for several years. He felt he was breathing good with oxygen….(He wears oxygen about 90% of the time now) He thought he didn’t need it. UGH.
So…all of that built up and his bronchi were not happy. He was coughing terribly. He couldn’t get his breath. I was very worried.
They ran the gamut of tests…. x-ray, EKG, bloodwork…then nebulizer treatment.
He ended up going home with some stritch orders. TAKE HIS INHALERS!!! He also went home with a nebulizer machine. UGH…I’m glad it was as easy as that but what a scare.
We were home by 11ish…just in time to figure out what we were going to eat again. UGH. I am VERY thankful that this was a bump in the road and not a hospital stay.
I’m writing this now at 7pm and I’m already getting the “you need to go to bed early” messages. I am way short of sleep. I promise…I’ll get there earlier tonight…. Hopefully no early morning trips to the ER tomorrow.