Monday, November 3, 2008

Potato Soup For The Soul

Bear has developed a bit of a "crackle" in his chest. It may mostly be just phlegm but due to lack of strength he is unable to cough it up. Because of this, they are watching him carefully now in case he develops pneumonia. That, of course, would not be a good thing to happen.

He got to sit in his chair again today, and today he managed to sit in it comfortably for almost 1.5 hrs which was nice. We mostly just walked the hallway back and forth and went into the lounge a couple times to look out the windows there.

If he feels up to it, we can take him to the main floor of the hospital to the cafeteria or around. I don't know if taking him outside is a good idea or not, since, while it has been nice for this time of year, it might not be nice enough for him. But perhaps it will be an option.

Last night, a friend dropped off some precooked meals for me. I can't express how much it means to me to have people caring so much. Thank you, so much! By the way, the potato soup was amazing. I had 3 bowls for lunch! I couldn't stop myself!

I wish I could get over my sluggishness in the mornings. I am not getting anything done even when I do wake up at a decent time. I am forgetful and all I seem to manage to do is sit like a lump on a log until I finally convince myself I should get dressed and head over to the hospital. I generally stay there for several hours and then it is dark by the time I get home. Dark earlier now with the time change.

It is only 9:30 pm and I've already dozed a bit on the couch with the pup and I'm feeling like I haven't slept in ages. I also dozed at the hospital too! Luckily, I did not fall asleep in the car, like I often nearly do.

When I left the hospital, there was a little memorial service going on in the elevator lobby. I felt like I was intruding as I stood there waiting for the elevator. However, it made me happy and sad at the same time that they do these services for the patients who lived on that ward for a part of their lives.

I hope I won't have to attend one for my husband for a long time from now.


Jo said...

You know, stress does some weird things to us doesn't it? I'm sure that's what's up with your "sluggishness" and "forgetfulness". *sigh*

That is so awesome that your friend brought over that food! Just hearing that you had THREE bowls of potato soup makes my mouth water for some!

I will keep praying that B doesn't develop pnuemonia! Will being in his chair help with that at all? (I'm so clueless when it comes to these things).

Big hugs, Ter!

Why Do We Even Have That Lever? said...

I'm glad some food like stuff is going your way! I keep meaning to come cook with you, but last week was so busy with one person moving, and this week is the other person moving! ack!

Im still around if you need me... talk soon, have some questions for you.

HUGS! Alli

Dana Lucas said...

I vote for FRESH AIR! Even if it is 2 minutes outside, B will enjoy the fresh air!

I'm sorry to hear about the crackling in his chest and his difficulty coughing up the phlegm. That really is too bad. I wonder if it is possible for them to suction him? Please ask.

I agree with Jo on two counts: 1) The potato soup sounds yummy (Bless whoever brought that to you). 2) Stress certainly can cause sluggishness, spaciness, and mental fatigue.

I do recall your BP issues though. Have you had that checked lately?

Ter, I'm reaching out to you from afar, Hun. Keep on keeping on, and allow yourself to slack of a bit at home...

Totallyscrappy said...

Just checkin' in to say that I will be praying for his lungs. Pnuemonia would not be good right now.

Mom 4 Life said...

Hugs and prayers

crystal wolf said...

I wish I lived close enough to bring you a meal. When William was born we had meals brought in by so many folks and they were such a blessing I wish I could pay it forward to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. {{Hugs}}

I'm glad you have had some company and that you were able to get to the gym, it's important for you to take care of yourself as much as you can.

Joc(e) said...

It's really great that B is able to sit in his chair comfortably sometimes. Being in bed all the time really sucks!

I LOVE potato soup! It truly is a comfort food. How nice that your friend brought you meals. Like some of the others who have replied, I wish I could do the same! (((HUGS)))