SPRING IS ON ITS WAY!
((((((HUGS TO ALL)))))) ~
March is a busy month: Springing forward on our clocks; Spring arrives; Easter; college basketball ...
For us, we're leaving behind a very busy month of February.
Jim was diagnosed with a cataract, saw two eye docs, one a surgeon. He was scheduled for laser surgery last week, but we cancelled, because our friend, who was going to drive Jim to/from the surgery and the next day follow up, got the flu, along with his wife and daughter.
Also, the surgeon requires a physical 7 to 10 days prior to this 15 minute procedure, and we don't want Jim in our doc's office during flu/cold/virus season.
One eye doc gave Jim an excuse to give to the DMV to extend Jim's temporary Driver's License for 3 months, allowing Jim time to meet all of the appts. necessary prior to his surgery.
That will also allow us time to obtain straps for Jon's lift, so that we can pull him up in bed and turn him, without straining. Jim won't be able to do what we do now for several days, and I can't do it all on my own.
And Jon's air mattress broke last month, as I think I may have shared in our February Update thread. We finally got it repaired and returned. We didn't need a new pump, which was a relief.
To top off the end of February, Jon's insomnia worsened, and after several days of only sleeping for 2-4 hours/day, he finally slept for 9 hours last Friday. Unfortunately, his SATS dropped to 66, and from thereon, we had quite a battle.
He needed deep suctioning, but his suction machine stopped working! I spent 6 hours on the phone with his doc's office for a prescription for a new machine, Apria, the provider of the equipment, and our nursing agency. I talked to 7 different people at Apria, over that period of time, none of whom were helping me. At 6:30 that evening, an Apria rep told me that they no longer provide suction machines, and I was barking up the wrong tree.
While we were doing everything we could for Jon, and he was on 2 liters of O2, he needed deep suctioning, desperately. So, I gave that rep a very large piece of what was left of my mind, and by 7:00, he called back and said they'd found a suction machine. It was delivered at 11 that night. As soon as I suctioned Jon, his SATS skyrocketed to 100%! Then he moved down to the 90s.
This last rep, and the one before him, told me to take Jon to ER. He didn't need to go to ER! He needed to be suctioned! We were only asking for a replacement of his broken machine, so there was no need for all of the bureaucratic red tape they put me through, and all of the stress we all endured.
Jon is doing well now, and he's stable. We discontinued the O2 on Saturday, and his SATS are fine. He's even pooping on his own! I can't believe it, and I've no idea why it's happening. I just give Thanks and Praise that our prayers are being answered.
It's pretty bad when a patient with a trache has to beg for a suctioning machine. Well, bad is too kind. It's despicable.
Believe me, I'm working on a complaint.
So, now it's your turn ~
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Healing prayers for all every day, and lots of positive energy flowing in your direction ~
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Love & Light,