Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving VS Christmas!

This week I took down my Thanksgiving and Fall decorations.  I have had them up since Sept 1 and I am ready to move on even though this week is Thanksgiving. 
It takes about two days for me to decorate for Christmas because I never remember where I put the things last year and although I have 6 boxes of decoration it always seems like I don’t have enough. I do weed out things I don’t need or want so I have to replenish! We don't do lights since Dennis's accident because I don't want to hurt myself putting them up. This year I made quite a few items and I love to set things out, it seems to get me into the Christmas mood.

  But this year there was a tugging on my heart that made me uncomfortable.  Was I really getting in to the spirit of Christmas of the commercial aspect of the season?  Had I taken one moment of time to really think about what the season means that is coming upon us?  Had I opened my bible in the last week to hear God talking to me?  No, I hadn’t.  So today I am taking a moment to listen and reflect on the things that God is speaking about today through others and through His word.  He sent His son to die for me, so I can take a minute to thank and rejoice Him for it.  I never argue with the fact that this may not be the exact time of Christ birth because whether it is or isn’t we can celebrate what He did for us in December and every other month of the year.  I hope everyone has a blessed Christmas!

                                Happy Holidays Christmas!!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Pressure sores!

Not For the Faint of heart!

I have to remind myself that I started this blog as a caregiver blog.  I have a lot of hits from all over the world so I hope someone is reading this blog that is a caregiver also.  I like to blog about fun stuff and when I blog about caregiving I feel like it’s such a downer.  But, it is a part of life and “so goes”.  (Inside joke to my friend Debbie)  My husband Dennis has had a rough summer as everyone knows who reads this blog.  Things are on the uphill swing but a lot of his problems started with an ulcer and some pressure sores.  If you are a caregiver you will have either already dealt with pressure sores or you will at some point deal with them.  They are nasty, wicked things that by the time you know you have them it’s too late.

This is the definition of a pressure sore also called bed sores.

Bedsores — also called pressure sores or pressure ulcers — are injuries to skin and underlying tissues that result from prolonged pressure on the skin. Bedsores most often develop on skin that covers bony areas of the body, such as the heel, ankles, hips or buttocks.

People most at risk of bedsores are those with a medical condition that limits their ability to change positions, requires them to use a wheelchair or confines them to a bed for prolonged periods.

Bedsores can develop quickly and are often difficult to treat. Several care strategies can help prevent some bedsores and promote heal

By the time you notice a bruise the size of a pin prick, underneath the skin it has coned out in to a large area.  You get these pressure sores at the area your skin has the most pressure.  Backside, ankles, elbows, etc.  Dennis had one on the pad of his foot for 2 years before it finally healed.  When he got sick this summer he lost a lot of weight so he got a pressure sore on both of his elbows, his backside, and his heel.  This along with his ulcer is what caused his health to slowly go downhill and his breathing to get worse.  The more he lost weight the harder it was for him to breath.  He got down to 128 but now he is up to 136 and climbing.  Breathing better and his pressure sores are healing up.  This has been a long and very emotional roller coaster for us and we could not have made it without God and His mercy that is new every morning.  There were times I thought Dennis would die and only God lead us through that valley.  I can’t imagine people who do not have the Lord in their life and how they get by day to day.  We praise the Lord for our renewed health and strength and thank Him for continuing to see us through this journey. 

Photos of pressure sores!



Friday, November 4, 2011

Being Sick

I don't like to be sick and you can even say I'm a big baby.  When I start to feel something coming on I rush to take whatever I can find hidden in the back of the medicine chest.  But this time it didn't matter I got a 24 hour bug anyway.  The thing about getting sick when you are a caregiver is that you still have to be a caregiver.  I want to crawl in a blanket with my pillow and take a "extra" dose of Nyquil and go to sleepy town, but it doesn't work that way.  First I have to make sure my hands are clean at all times and I spray Lysol in our bedroom about 5 times a day. I clorox down everything all the time.   I still have to take care of Dennis at night and I will say I may not be the most pleasant person at 3 in the morning let alone when I'm sick.  The blessing is my mom (who lives with Dennis and I) kicks in to high gear mom mode and I get to sleep all day.  She make sure Dennis is OK and she brings me tea and water.  I count my blessings that she is still able to help me out I just wish her bed would fit in my room at night, but she snores so that's a no go!  Thanks again, mom.