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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Update on the David

First of all, thank you for your prayers and well wishes. They are greatly appreciated!

After spending a restless night, David got up about 4 AM to try to get some rest on the sofa. So he propped himself upright with the heating pad and went to sleep. When I got up at 7:00 to take care of the animals, I found him lying down sound asleep. That's a good thing.

Right now, he is sitting at the kitchen table working on a presentation. The heating pad has become his best friend. He is able to sit ok and he is walking very, very slowly. But he can not stand for more than a few minutes. He says his pain level is about a 3 which is a great improvement over the last 24 hours when it varied between an 8 or a 10. He took a shower and is eating ok.

Me, well, I am still scared and we do not know what why this happened. He thinks he over-did it when he and Mike were out splitting firewood on Tuesday. I am not so sure.

He was sick a couple of Sunday's ago, he had a terrible headache and he was throwing up most of the evening. Right after he felt better, he started to complain about his back, not a lot, just to say that he was sore. We chocked it up to throwing up so much, that he strained muscles from up chucking. Now I am wondering if all this is somehow connected. He doesn't think so and of course, he never told the ER doctor that he was sick 2 weeks ago.

And I am now paranoid. There is a man that I know from work who picked up a bacterial infection that settled in his spine. He told me that it began with a stiff neck. Two days later he was in ICU and his prognosis was not good, it was either death or becoming a paraplegic. Fortunately for him, his doctor discovered the infection, his surgery was a success and the super-antibiotics worked. He has only lost the use of his left arm. See why I am so scared? I am trying not to compare my DH to Brian, but it sure is hard not to connect his symptoms to my DH's.

I was very surprised that the ER doctor didn't do a blood screening. I guess she figured that David probably just wrenched something so it wasn't necessary. I hope that when he sees our primary care physician on Monday, he does a blood panel to rule out infections. I know David will not tell him that he was ill a couple of weeks ago.

Well, I have to go now, I just wanted to keep you all updated. Continue the good thoughts and prayers, K?


Vonna said...

I'm still sending good vibes, well wishes and prayers your way....I'm glad he's seeing his primary on Monday. They'll get to the bottom of it, I'm sure.

Kiwi Jo said...

I hope your hubby gets better soon! My first husband had meningitis which is a very scary disease so watch out for a fever, sensitivity to light and a stiff neck. Hopefully it'll turn out to be nothing more than a bad muscle strain though. (((hugs))

Nancy K. said...

Hi Joanie:

I'm keeping you and David in my prayers. I can only imagine how worried you've been, and what pain David has been in.

Take care, Nancy

Senorita Stitches said...

I am hoping it's just a terrible muscle strain. We've had similiar episodes in our family and that's all it turned out to be. It's better to be safe than sorry though. If you can, I would go with him to the doctor on Monday and bring up your concern. I'll be praying too.

Samplerwench said...

Hi joanie..glad to hear your husband is doing somewhat better..And I am glad he will be going to see his doctor tomorrow..I agree that if at all possible..I would go to the doctor with him..I know how my husband is he won't ask questions..And I would also mention about your husband being sick may have nothing to do with what is going on now..but then again it may..

KarenV said...

I'm glad that David is feeling a little better Joanie and I hope his visit to the doctor on Monday will find the cause of his pain. As others have suggested, could you possibly go with him and mention that he was sick before and ask if he can have some blood tests done? Continuing to keep you both in my thoughts {{{hugs}}}

Anita said...

Sorry to hear about your husband. Yes it is scary and it can happen
to anyone. I think the key is to find a "right" doctor to see what is wrong. I have to deal with some health issues last year and this year with my 3 years old. My biggest problem and concern is how many specialists or doctors do I have to see in order to get the "right" diagnosis. I will remember you and your husband in my prayer. I will be so scared too if I am in your situation. I will call around friends and family to see if anyone can recommend a good doctor to see. There is something wrong and you need to find out why so you can have a peace of mind.

Karoline said...

{{{{Joanie and David}}}} I hope that it proves to be nothing serious

Tessa said...

Joanie & David, hope your Doctor did a thorough exam and gave you an answer today. Sending ((((((hugs)))))) to you both.

The Queen's Stitch said...

Joanie - you and David are in my thoughts. I hope things are going better this week.

Jeanne said...

Will keep checking your blog and hoping all is well with your DH. Scary indeed. The back can do bazaar things and hoping it is nothing serious!