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Thursday, October 24th 2013

3:45 PM

The VNA nurse came today

The Nurse from the VNA came today at about noon, mostly for an introduction and to see if there was an actual patient living here named Pam. You all know the drill; date of birth, weight, and all of the other assorted bits of information that it seems the whole world knows by now. Think about it...how many times do we have to repeat the same information, day in and day out...at the doctor's office, checking into motels and hotels, gaining entrance to our grand kid's school, etc. It's a wonder that the the local supermarket doesn't ask us our date of birth, or what persuasion we are.
I digress.
The nurse came today.
I must admit to throwing Pam under the bus more than once or twice, telling the nurse that she wasn't doing her exercises as religiously as she should, and she wasn't drinking enough water. I found that was a big mistake right from the get-go.
She also checked Pam's incision and said it looked wonderful. A rebuilt '57 Chevy looks wonderful...a bikini clad twenty-something, looks wonderful. But an incision? Still tied with stitches? I guess it's one's perspective.

She told Pam that she could leave the bandage off from here on out. That was good news, for sure. Less irritation. The stitches come out a week from tomorrow, which puts it exactly two weeks after surgery. Wow, it'll be one full week tomorrow, which reminds me, I'm out of Ritz Crackers. Out of cheese too. Maybe get a little peanut butter.
Blood pressure was good, also her oxygen was good.
Oxygen!! I don't recall having any oxygen at all when I was a kid. Who knew how much we had in our system. If a person was pink, they had oxygen...if they were blue, they were choking. These days everything's oxygen. They say it should be in the mid nineties. Pam's was eighty- nine. She told Pam to take two deep breaths. It went up to ninety-five. The nurse was happy. Go figure. Are six points that important?

Pam's sister, Sue, came today. A two hour trip, all the way from Connecticut. What a nice surprise that was. Pam was in her glory. Sue brought a wonderful lunch, complete with three great sandwich salads...tuna, shrimp, and egg...along with jars of olives, pickled cucumbers, there were three cheese dips, tonic, crackers, and what-have-you. Thanks Sis!! It was great seeing you. 

Back to reality.
I had Pam go through all of her exercises after the nurse left, survived all thrown projectiles, bad language, and dagger slinging stares without a hitch. It took the better part of an hour. It's been three hours since her exercises and she finally started speaking to me again. I think it was because it took her that long to catch her breath. Ah...that oxygen again. Maybe if she spent more time breathing instead of holding her breath to show how upset she was at me for being such a drill sergeant about her exercises, she'd have more of that precious oxygen in her system.

I could slack off with my persistence but i do love that gal so.




7 comment(s).

Posted by Pam:

Don't believe all he said... He is a wonderful Caregiver, who follows the rules he has been given. I cannot do the exercises without him now. The leg feels so heavy that I need him to help me on the lifting exercises, even though I do yell a lot when trying to do them. I hardly bruised him at all today...Now the question... Will it be worse tonight? *shudder* Time will tell. But ... he's the best!
Monday, October 24th 2011 @ 6:37 PM

Posted by Sue:

I will say that I spent about 4 hours with Pam and Charlie. When I put out the lunch I thought Charlie was going to cry. He looked at everything with sunken cheeks and drool running down his chin. I had to fight him to get Pam a sandwich..and forget about the pickles and olives...he wrestled her to the ground when she tried to get the jar, and he almost busted her other knee! I guess that Pam had to say those nice things to him or he would not share the crumbs they had left. I am afraid for her. I begged the VNA to keep a close eye on her oxygen. It seems that Charlie tends to make her hold her breath for minutes at a time, telling her it is in her Physical Therapy treatment. I think that it is because she cannot eat while holding her breath, and he can then ingest ALL the meal that he prepared for her.

All in all, it is pretty funny to watch the two of them....

Love you bro! Continue with the great care as she is doing so well with your care and concern. If I ever need a limb repaired, I am asking for "Nurse Charlie". ;)
Tuesday, October 25th 2011 @ 1:00 PM

Posted by Charlie:

Sue,
Funny you should say that. I just made some chicken noodle soup with little meatballs, splitting it half and half. Don't tell your sister about the meatballs.
Job bennys
Tuesday, October 25th 2011 @ 1:19 PM

Posted by Patti and Carl:

Spoke with Pam, last night and she sounds good. So glad everything is going well so far...Let us know if we can do anything...Love ya:)

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Tuesday, October 25th 2011 @ 1:50 PM

Posted by Pam:

Good Friday Morning Everyone.
Say Happy Birthday to Richie if you see him today. He is 38 yrs old today! Just wanted to let you all know I am doing fine. Working hard at doing my exercises 3 times a day. They focus on bending the knee more that 90 degrees, and Straightning the leg so the knee is right out straight. Bending and straightening the stiff, swollen, knee really hurts... but will get better the more I do the exercises I am told. I am getting used to the crutches now too. Hopefully I can stand at the sink long enough to get my hair washed today. That is the big goal for today. PT coming this afternoon. Have a great day everyone!
Friday, October 28th 2011 @ 10:53 AM

Posted by Evelyn Gifun:

Well, it seems like you're both your normal (or abnormal) selves. Good to know that I don't have to worry about either one of you. Keep up the the good work.
Friday, October 28th 2011 @ 12:30 PM

Posted by Jan:

Hope Pam continues to do well. I know some days can be real downers as the pain persists but I promise it does get better. Take her for ice cream Charlie. Hopefully heading for Florida sometime in the next few days.:)
Thursday, November 3rd 2011 @ 8:39 PM

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