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Title: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: irish on February 23, 2012, 10:02:34 PM
Just a quick note to let you know that my hubby is in the hospital again with pneumonia. He had a funny cough for about 3 weeks and saw our FP and then had a cat scan with dye of his lungs last week Wednesday which showed no infection or sign of cancerous nodes.

This Monday at 4:30 PM he called me from the son's business to come and get him cause he was so weak and short of breath. I got him home and we were in the ER before 30 minutes were up. We had our grandkids at the house since last Friday so had to make arrangements for them first.

Anyway, to ER in our town and then another ambulance ride to the "big" hospital in another town. His O2 sats got down to 69 percent at one point and I thought he would need to be intubated again but he finally was able to get some air after using the nebulizer.

He had a 23,000 white count and has been in tough shape for a few days. They are thinking he will get home on Saturday or Sunday. It was almost 1 year to day since a pneumonia with pulmonary embolisms and then he had a pneumonia with hospitalization in September.

This is because of COPD plus the low IgG levels which don't let the body fight off infection. Boy, it is heck when both spouses have autoimmune diseases. Then comes the big time issue---my man doesn't like to stay in the house or sit in the recliner. Doesn't like to read or do puzzles. I told him I would teach him to crochet but he doesn't like that idea.

Had to vent a little folks. Life will go on---it always does!!! Irish ;D
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: harrigan on February 23, 2012, 11:03:28 PM
Oh Irish - sorry to hear this.  Hope Hubby soon picks up and you can get him to recuperate without it stressing you! 

Thinking of you both xx Ailsa
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: eyeamdry on February 23, 2012, 11:35:34 PM
Hope things get better real soon Irish and........I would like you to show me how to crochet too.  I can knit from my kid days in 4-H.
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: Joe S. on February 24, 2012, 04:14:34 AM
I am sorry to hear this.

You could have him try listening to the tones in sequence 3 minutes per tone twice per day. I know you do not believe they can help but it may be something to keep him busy indoors for an hour or two. Here is the link:
http://www.chakraforce.com/Tonations.html#76.
The period at the end of the link is needed.
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: Bucky on February 24, 2012, 06:13:20 AM
((Irish)) - I'm sorry to hear that Mr. Irish is in the hospital w/pneumonia.   :(

I hope it will be a short stay for him and his breathing and coughing will improve quickly for him.

He doesn't want to learn how to crochet?  What's the matter with him?   ;)

Take care of yourself too, Irish . . . someone has got to keep the ship running smoothly.

Hugs,
Bucky
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: Madison Granny on February 24, 2012, 07:54:13 AM
I so sorry that your husband is in the hospital.  It's hard to have a loved one sick.  I think it's harder than being sick myself.  I felt totally helpless when my husband was hospitalized with blood clots.  I think by you just being there is a help to him.  He knows you truly care.
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: Parched on February 24, 2012, 07:57:37 AM
Sorry to hear hubby is in hospital.  Praying for a speedy recovery for him and extra spoons for you.

My mom taught my stepdad to crochet.  He has gotten really good at it too.  It is cute to show up at their home and they are sitting there crocheting their projects together.

I love to crochet, takes my mind off of stressful things and I find it very relaxing.  Currently working on dish clothes and butterflies (magnets for the fridge). They are too cute... 

Thoughts and prayers for you and hubby
Parched
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: Cricket on February 24, 2012, 09:35:42 AM
Prayers for your husband and you!

Try not to over due and try to rest when you can.
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: Daisy1234 on February 24, 2012, 11:10:36 AM
Irish I'm so very sorry to hear that your hubby has developed pneumonia and that you have so much on your plate to deal with these days once again.  Sigh...

Please do try to take care of yourself during this crisis and know that we are all thinking of you and as well wishing your Hubby a speedy recovery from this pneumonia.

Hugs,
Daisy
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: soycoffee on February 24, 2012, 11:26:25 AM
Who do you lean on, who lets you cry on her/his shoulder? It's okay, now.

Besides crochet, would he like to play checkers or chess? Are grandkids around to play with him? Would he walk indoors on a treadmill? If he tinkers in the garage, can some of this come indoors?

Just brainstorming.

And I hope you are brainstorming ideas for your own support and rest.

{{{hugs}}}
Soycoffee
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: lynnmarie219 on February 24, 2012, 06:09:18 PM
Oh Irish,

So sorry to hear that your hubby is back in the hospital. I wish him a speedy recovery and please remember to take good care of yourself at the same time. You two have been through a lot and I wish better days ahead for you both!

Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: engy on February 24, 2012, 06:32:33 PM
Sorry to hear about hubby.

69% is low! WOW!

Wishing for a quick recovery & don't forget to take care of yourself too!

Carie
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: harlin on February 24, 2012, 07:08:38 PM
Oh Irish
So sorry hubby is feeling so poorly. I hope he feels better soon
and I agree that you need to take good care of yourself too!

Sending hugs to you and hubby.
Love harlin
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: Carolina on February 24, 2012, 07:12:43 PM
Wow, Irish, you have lots to cope with.

I thought I posted something earlier today, but it evidently didn't make it through.

Probably because your hubby's low IgG levels sent me off in pursuit of more information on my own low levels before I finished posting

Do you know why his levels are so low?

Mine, I 'think' are very very low from taking Oxcarbazepine, for 5 years.

I'm hoping they'll rebound within year or sooner.

IMMUNOGLOBULIN G *333 mg/dL                     [588-1573]
         
IMMUNOGLOBULIN A 105   mg/dL                      [46-287]
IMMUNOGLOBULIN M *19   mg/dL                      [57-237]
        TEST REPEATED TO CONFIRM

G and M are low, A is normal.

In the G subclass:

IMMUNOGLOBULIN G, TOTAL *402 mg/dL                  [767-1590]
IMMUNOGLOBULIN G, SUBCLASS 1 *198  mg/dL       [341-894]
IMMUNOGLOBULIN G, SUBCLASS 2 *124 mg/dL       [171-632]
IMMUNOGLOBULIN G, SUBCLASS 3 *18.1  mg/dL       [18.4-106.0]
IMMUNOGLOBULIN G, SUBCLASS 4 5.6 mg/dL       [2.4-121.0]

1, 2, 3, are low, and 4 is at the low end of normal.

It all seems so odd to find this at age 69, Irish.  i think my chronic UTI's were caused by this and that led to the antibiotic which gave me PN.

I'm a walking example of technology gone awry.

Except of course not walking very well.

Well that's what took me away from posting to you.

You are our bright and shining star.  I'm sure you're boosting morale for your entire family, and I hope to heavens that your hubby is doing better each minute.

But it is so hard when he can't breathe and you keep hoping for good things to start happening.

And boy do I know what you mean about your man not being one to sit and relax.

I'm the one who does all that in my family.

My husband is currently laying a new hardwood floor in our bedroom, and he's 73.

He can never relax.  Which leads to nice results like floors

But, I don't have a choice today with my OA flaring unbearably.

In fact I have to go rewarm my heating wrap and try to sleep.

Do keep us posted and know that we are all wanting only the best for you and your family.

Hugs

Elaine









Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: irish on February 24, 2012, 07:56:43 PM
Thanks for the nice well wishes. I really appreciate it. I am getting older, for sure, cause I don't have the reserve capacity that I used to. I don't cope as well---infact I am getting darn good at spacing out at times.

Hubby is doing better. In fact, I go every day and I did his shower the past 2 days and his bed, etc and wait on him. He is very spoiled by having free medical care (hehe) but he knows it. We are both getting more crabby in our old age and I don't like it. I keep telling him that we have both been sick too long, thats why we are crabby!!! So we havae to apologize and hug!! ;D

Caroline, He has had celiac disease and colitis for as long as we have been married which was 1964. He was diagnosed in 1978. He was diagnosed with the low !gG levels in 2009 when I took him to my immunologist to have a check up to see if we were missing anything. The doc was not expecting his levels to be low and it was a shock. Hubby had been having more infections over the years and since diagosis it has been very much ongoing.

I think that the immune issues may have been an inherited(genetic) thing that doesn't kick in until later in life. Probably also related to or affected by the autoimmune issues. He has been in the hospital 5 times in the last 2 years with pneumonia and every time it seems to be worse. This is also because he has the COPD which sets him up for the infections in the first place.

I really think that anyone who has autoimmune disease who is having a lot of infections should have blood work done to check out the immune system. THe autoimmune/immune/allergies are so closely related plus some of this stuff sets us up for the possibility of certain cancers also. Oh joy!!!

I just can't spent too much time thinking cause it wears me out. Heck, if I think I can't do anything else and apparently I think too much cause after 9 years of being on disability I still haven't gotten my house in order. IRish ;D :o :o
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: eyeamdry on February 24, 2012, 10:10:24 PM
Oh, Irish, you are in a tough position for sure and so is your hubby.  You are right about being ornery as you get older and sicker.  A hug and an apology can go a long way, even if you weren't in the wrong.  I know you both help each other out as the days tick by depending on who is the most capable. 

It must also help in you being a nurse and he knows he should listen to you.  Are any of your sons in the area so they can help out or at least check in and see how things are?  I know you probably hate to ask as most of us old ppl do, but it can really get you over the hump and even the company can get your mood changed.  I'll be watching here and please keep us posted.  Lucy
((((HUGS)))))
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: A66eyroad on February 28, 2012, 12:34:38 PM
Have been out of town and am just now catching up on all the news. How is Mr. Irish today?
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: irish on February 28, 2012, 01:25:34 PM
Hi Abbey, Well, Mr. Irish( ;D) is not happy to be in the house. This morning his O2 sat was 82 but we don't think it was right cause his hands were so darned cold. However, he has had loose stools and no drinking enough so I am battling the "doesn't want to drink" attitude that he has had for years. He always says that drinking fluids makes him sick---it probably does cause so many other things make him sick. His old GI doc told him that he could use a "total GI transplant" and this was way back when it was just a glimmer in the eyes of the researchers.

His cough is less and he is eating. We had a doc appt for Friday but got it moved up to Wed and I am not giving him anymore antibiotic til he sees the doc. I don't cotton to him getting so dehydrated that he needs IV's or ending up with C.diff. I dread C.diff more that I do the darned old MRSA. It seems to be more invasive for some reason and really hard to deal with.

So, it is just sit and hope that he can rally from this event. He doesn't look good at all and for the first time he is really down in the dumps. He is weak and complaining that he can't get his strength back. Actually, his O2 sats have been in the 90's since he got home so time will tell.

One thing you can't do is outguess the progression of a disease. Takes more patience than anything I have done in many years. Thanks for asking and letting me vent.

Lucy, we have 2 boys in town and one lives next door to us so anytime we need help we can call them. They stay away much of the time because of all the "bugs" we have here during illnesses. We don't need either one of them getting sick cause they are who we depend on first. Also, their kids don't need our germs. Another boy 2 hours away who will come down if we ask him. Hasn't been to that point yet. Next door DIL will pick up groceries for me if I need them. Take care all. Irish
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: genko_b on February 28, 2012, 01:33:36 PM
Glad to hear he is home at least. It is really hard to watch a loved one be down in the dumps - harder than dealing with our own moods. I do hope he gets more upbeat soon. It makes a difference in healing as well.

Here's hoping he doesn't develop C. diff, and that he is feeling stronger and perkier soon.

Take care,

Genko
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: Joe S. on February 28, 2012, 03:03:24 PM
I hope that things turn around for him soon. This weather has not been kind as of late with all the school closing. Take care.
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: smallfry on February 28, 2012, 03:15:45 PM
Oh, Irish
Apart from being in constant worry you must be worn out,It's good news that he is home and if he is grumbling he must be on the mend or feeling a bit better.

I hope that all will be well again soon.

Thinking of you

Cheryl
 
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: lynnmarie219 on February 28, 2012, 04:06:27 PM
(http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-hug008.gif) (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php)((((((((Mr and Mrs Irish))))))))(http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-hug008.gif) (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php)

Thought you could both use a big cyber hug!
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: Patze on February 28, 2012, 04:56:27 PM
Now Irish, you are going about this entirely the wrong way!  You keep asking him what he wants, now you must tell him!   And if he still doesn't want to listen, then you tie him up until he is willing to listen to reason.  If he decides that reason isn't for him, a 2X4 is often a good persuader....now thats how you get someone to follow your direction!  ;) ;D

Seriously though, give him a hug from me and tell him that we're watching and he best be behaving! :D

Now you take extra special care of yourself as well, okay?

Patze


Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: eyeamdry on February 28, 2012, 11:05:56 PM


___________ ;D ;D-Mr. and Mrs. Irish. ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D--I love this and it will be your mantra from now on Mrs. Irish.  You tell Mr. Irish that you are the boss and he'd better listen.  How a good laugh helps. 
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: soycoffee on February 29, 2012, 10:36:45 AM
Irish, I'm glad you have help nearby, now that Mr. Irish is at home with you. I'm wondering whether he would be challenged by a paint-by-number kit, or studying a field guide to birds. Actually, it's possible to combine these two, with Peterson field guides -- also reptiles and amphibians, as well as birds -- that are "color it in." Both are available on Amazon, so you don't have to make a trip.

For what it's worth,
Soycoffee
PS -- What about music? Singing to him, having him pick CDs he likes, getting a favorite radio station on some of the time -- maybe some music from the 40s, 50s, and 60s -- that you both have forgotten.
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: irish on February 29, 2012, 11:01:58 AM
Mr. Irish and I were to the doctor today. :P When the doc came in the room he said "well hello, miracle boy!! Did you knock on the door and it wouldn't open??" We have a great FP and get along with him very well. He is smart and kind!!

Anyway, doc said hubby is looking quite good after all he went through again. Hubby drove to the doctors office and so far he seems to have all his faculties. It is a miracle that he doesn't get into more health issues than he already has. All these infections and respiratory failures that he goes through are hard on him---and on me. I talk to myself and to God alot at times like this.

I have also found another good stress reliever. I watch "Everybody Loves Raymond" everyday for an hour cause I get to laugh and feel like a normal person instead of the second half of a "sicko autoimmune tag team". HeHe!!! WE have to laugh or else we lose our minds. Also, I continue to eat ice cream which is a very "feel good" food. Thanks folks. Irish ;D

(I should add that the "knocking on the door remark" remark referred to the pearly gates)
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: harlin on February 29, 2012, 11:48:22 AM
Sending lots of love and prayers :)
Love harlin
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: Cricket on February 29, 2012, 01:02:15 PM
So glad you got a good report.

Sometimes even though we are sick all we can do is laugh together.

Continued prayers for you and Mr. Irish!  :)

Irish you have a special place in my heart, you were the first person here to answer my post many moons ago.  You were so kind, I thank you! :D
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: WildThing on February 29, 2012, 01:38:36 PM
Hey Irish

just wanted to send you love and hugs and good wishes.  I do hope everything is levelling out for you and Mr Irish now.  Positive vibes to you both x
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: susanep on February 29, 2012, 06:07:06 PM
irish I am so sorry hubby had been in the hospital and been so sick. I do agree that as we get older, and sicker for sure, we get crabbier. Me and my hubby was like that the other night. It was my fault though. I felt bad, and was just plain cranky.

My husband is sweet to not hold it against me. He does understand, but the hardest is probably when I get cranky all of a sudden, and it catches me by surprise then it is hard.

I wish I could be there with you for at least a day to be cranky with you.  ;D

susanep :)
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: Bucky on February 29, 2012, 06:36:14 PM
WE have to laugh or else we lose our minds. Also, I continue to eat ice cream which is a very "feel good" food.

Irish - I'm glad the Mr. is feeling and looking better.   ;)

Yay for ice cream . . . what's your favorite?

Keep your sense of humor and get some laughs watching "Everybody Loves Raymond".  You need your de-stressing time.

Hang in there . . . .

Bucky
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: Meld256 on February 29, 2012, 09:24:36 PM
Irish,

I'm so glad "Mr. Irish" is doing much better today.  ;D  You've said he's an outdoors-type of person, and so I guess being stuck inside has been hard on him (and you!) 

You two have sure had a rough time of it lately.  It's about time it all calmed down, isn't it?  Glad you enjoy watching "Everybody Loves Raymond" ~ I think I need a dose of that myself this week.

Please take care of yourself while taking care of him. You're a special lady around here, and you know we're all here to encourage or listen or whatever we can do.
Hugs to ya,
Melinda
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: genko_b on March 01, 2012, 06:15:48 PM
Hope things are still improving today - take care,

Genko
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: Bucky on March 15, 2012, 07:58:20 PM
Irish - how is Mr. Irish doing these days?  And, you too?   ;)

Bucky
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: irish on March 15, 2012, 09:36:03 PM
Hi Bucky, See you are out going through the old threads!!!!

Hubby is holding his own at the time being and is currently on Cipro. He has very severe COPD (doc finally told us his COPD stage) and has to be very careful. We have had a lot of talks about a lot of things this past couple of years and I think that he is finally catching on that he has to behave himself and watch how he takes care of himself.

We have a recently updated Living Will and we just discussed the "DNR" status thing so we got that taken care of. He is very fragile and his health can swing fast so it is like living on the edge.

He is to start a new med called Daliresp tomorrow. It is for severe COPD and affects an enzyme in the lung that is responsible for inflammation. By getting rid of the inflammation the drug helps to increase the uptake of oxygen as there is more room in the tissues.  Also, it helps to thin the mucus and that helps drain the bronchioles which in turn is to decrease the infections. Supposedly this drug is to eliminiate some of the exacerbations of the COPD that causes the infections, SOB and use of the vent. Sort of a short version of the whole process.

Time will certainly tell. I have been researching this drug ever since he saw pulmonology on Tuesday. The drug has a whole lot of side effects that are not pleasant---bigtime diarrhea for some people. They have even documented about 2 suicides and 3 attempted suicides that could be from the med as it causes depression and anxiety.

He decided to try it and if he so much as gets a twinge anywhere he is going to stop. He may go to the N acetyl Cysteine but we want to talk to some more doctors first. Also, may see if doc will put him on a neb with saline/albuterol to help with thinning the mucus. Good for him, but not for me cause I will have to clean the mouth piece!!!! Another chore and trying to prevent cross contamination between us is almost impossible.

Sure as shooting our home is turning into a mini long term care center.

As far as me----I am on Nystatin and Cipro. I have had the worst case of whatever it is that has caused me lots of breathing and coughing issues. Only yeast grew but I sure could tell the difference when I started the Cipro prior to the Nystatin. I may have to do another acid fast sputum to check for the mycobacterium again. Sheeeesh!!!!

Keeping track of our antibiotics is almost a full time job. I have to document in my notebook plus I never throw away the empty bottle cause then I have the sure proof of who was on what when.

Oh, I am still trying to get the income tax done. Man, I just can't think straight lately with all that has been going on!!!

Hope you are getting along Bucky. Is it as warm where you live tonight. Man, it is sure hot in our house. Have 2 fans running and some windows open. It should cool off by midnight I would think. No breeze either. Has the makings of a storm down the road!!! Take care. Irish ;D
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: Patze on March 18, 2012, 03:59:58 PM
Sending you some seriously soft and cool ( ( ( H UG S ) ) ) my friend and I'm keeping the old digits crossed and that the hubby gets better soon!


Patze
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: irish on March 18, 2012, 08:53:32 PM
Thanks Patze!!!

Have you had some warm weather also?? It was about 81 today with winds up to 30 mph. Dusty and need rain soooo bad.

Back in 1968 it was 80 degrees on March 30th. My sister got married this day and I stood up for her even though 5 months pregnant---which was something back in those days.

It was so windy and dusty that day also. Sooo, yes, there are years that are warm early and unless you have something special going on you don't always remember it. Irish ;D
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: Meld256 on March 18, 2012, 10:34:41 PM
Irish,

Also sending you some gentle hugs for both you and hubby.  I really hope the new meds are a help to him, and You...you need to get over those breathing and coughing issues.  I know, if wishing it just made it so!  ;)

It's strangely warm here in KY this week, although we have had some thunderstorms.  Predicted to be 82 tomorrow! 
Isn't that funny how we remember dates and what happened on a certain day? You'll always remember your sister's wedding that hot day when you were expecting.

Take care of yourself, and know we care a bunch!  :)
Melinda
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: irish on March 19, 2012, 05:28:43 PM
It just rained for about 15 minutes really, really, really hard-----straight down. Couldn't see across the road. It cooled off and smells so good now. Yeah!!!!Irish
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: Carolina on March 19, 2012, 06:00:02 PM
Ahhh Irish,

Enjoying the sweet smell after a hard rain......

The basic pleasures in life are the best.

You, my dear, know how to live and survive and carry on.

All my love to you and hubby.

Hugs

Elaine
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: irish on March 19, 2012, 09:37:49 PM
Elaine, Thank you for the strong vote of confidence. I am probably the most vulnerable I have been in my life right now.

Trying to deal with my health issues and with hubby's is a huge job. I am so lucky that he is doing as well as he is. I have to admit that things do happen really quick around here with his health. Not all of the issues end up with a hospital admit, but it does make me stay pretty close to home. Old age and chronic illness are not for sissies.

Today I was in Walmart and ran into a gal that was a nursing assistant with me a few years ago. We went over our own health issues and our hubbies health issues (her hubby has Alzheimers) and we decided that we would rather take care of old people than to "be one". We had a chuckle over that. We both worked darn hard years ago and I think we made a difference in some small way. Life does keep on keeping on, doesn't it.

Take care Elaine and I bet you might get rained on before the week is out. Irish ;D
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: Meld256 on March 19, 2012, 10:10:19 PM
Irish,

You may feel vulnerable for now, but you have my strong vote of confidence, too!  Do you realize how much confidence you've pushed so many of us to "keep on, keepin on?"  I doubt if you have any idea.

I have 3 words etched in my mind from a post of yours not long after I began my journey and was so desperate to figure out HOW in the world my life would ever be enjoyable again:

Accept, Adapt, and Persevere

Three words.  They sound so simple, and yet I've worked very hard on each part for about 18 months. It hasn't been easy, but living by those three words has helped give me hope, encouragement, strength and persistance.  And a joy in my life again.

I'm sure that you (and your co-worker) did the same for all the hundreds of patients that you worked with over your nursing career!   ;)  Keep hanging in there. 

Melinda
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: irish on March 20, 2012, 12:55:39 AM
Oh Meld, Thank you for reminding me of those 3 words. I feel like I am a shadow of my former self lately---too much stress and as we get older we don't bounce back as fast---or as high.lol

I needed to hear those words to get me kick started again. Thank you so much. Take care now. Irish ;D
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: Meld256 on March 20, 2012, 06:51:38 PM
Irish,

I'm so glad I could be of some help; you're so welcome. I just wanted to let you know how much your words of encouragement had helped me personally, and so, so many others!!  ;)

Your three words made a huge difference in my life. I may have a foggy-brain, but those I will never forget.  It sums up everything we need to do, and I've passed them along to others.  So we're "paying it forward" aren't we?
I know how stress gets us down and out, but I know you can bounce back.  Who cares if it's not as high as it used to be?

Soft hugs,
Melinda
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: Poochie on March 20, 2012, 09:28:26 PM
Dear Irish, I'm sorry it's been so long since we exchanged e-mails and phone calls.  I'm so sorry to hear your hubby is going through so much with the COPD.  I know how it's affecting you too, as my hubby also has it, plus Asthma and emphasema.  Thank goodness for the in house oxygen machine we have.  Between his 3 inhalers,  the nebulizer and to many drugs, he is doing okay. 

When he starts getting nasty with us, I point to his recliner and the machine and tell him "SIT!" and he knows he is too short of air again.   I love him dearly but sheesh, when his levels get low and he starts with his barbs I have to be strong and just ignore him because I know he doesn't mean the things he says.  He always says he's sorry later and I know it's just the COPD.

I'm doing okay.  "Fred" and I are doing the fancy steps and the legs keep me up more than I care to mention.  I was just dx'd with hyperglycemia at my last check up, so now I have something else to learn about.  My Dad was dx'd with diabetes about my age so my doctor was watching me closely.  I'm trying to behave myself with this and all the rest of stuff wrong with me.  Even being in SJS remission, the gifts it gave me are non returnable so the fight goes on. 

Take care of yourself too gal, and watch out for your hubby too.  Life is getting shorter for all of us and we should make the best of what time we have left. 

Hugs, Love and God Bless, Pooh
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: quiger on March 22, 2012, 01:54:23 PM
Hi Irish,

I am not here much anymore but thought I'd stop in before signing off. So sorry to hear about the problems your hubby has been having. I know how strong you are but we all need a hug and support at times. Here's yours (((((hugs))))). I hope you are taking good care of yourself. Sometimes we lose track of ourselves when we are taking care of a loved one.

I hope things get better for you both. I'll be thinking of you.

Hugs,
quiger
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: irish on March 22, 2012, 05:36:55 PM
Quiger, Thank you so much for the post and hugs. I really miss you around here. Realize that you need to take care of yourself. Yes, you are right, it is hard to take care of ourselves in the midst of the chaos.

Hope all is going well with you. I also hope that you don't get any bad storms down there. I watch the weather to see how your area of Florida is managing during this weather.

Thank you for taking the time to post. Hugs and more hugs to you, my friend. Irish ;D ;D
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: WildThing on March 23, 2012, 06:53:16 AM
I hope things improve soon Irish, it is miserable to say the least having all this stress.  I do hope you are both ok and send out positive thoughts for you x
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: irish on March 23, 2012, 09:30:34 AM
Thanks wildthing and everyone else who has been inquiring and concern.

Hubby is going much better. He started on the new medication for his lungs and in 4 days he was having so many side effects that he quit taking it. I didn't blame him.

We are both trying to get rested up because the weather is trying to become Spring. It has rained some every night this week. Not a lot, but the grass is getting green and the birds are chirping. Weather has been so overcast and muggy that it makes breathing kind of miserable.

Hubby has been surviving the muggy weather amazingly well. We will just keep on keeping on and see what happens. Have to contact the pulmonologist about him quitting the Dalirest and see what she says about the NAcetylCystene. Thanks again. Irish ;D
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: Patze on March 23, 2012, 10:36:04 PM
Hey Irish, did the 2X4 help any???  I know that you used it as I saw the splinters fly by here a week or so ago!  ;) ;D


Patze
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: eyeamdry on March 23, 2012, 11:27:52 PM
Hi Irish-
I sent you a pm without seeing this thread.  It's of funny stuff so hope its ok.  Sorry about your hubby but sounds like he may be on the upswing right now.  Lucy
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: irish on March 24, 2012, 09:46:48 AM
Thanks Patze and Lucy. Yes, things are looking better now but I don't dare hold my breath cause that is when I get whacked from outof nowhere.

Hey Patze, Boy, did you ever see the splinters fly. It too 3 of them darn 2/4's to get the job done. Men have such darn hard heads!!!! 8) Irish ;D
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: Patze on March 24, 2012, 01:53:40 PM
Now ain't that the truth Mrs. Irish? ;) ;D

And it took three boards?  Wow!



Patze
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: lostone on March 24, 2012, 05:06:03 PM
Hoping your husband is feeling a lot better, I had a small glimpse of what your going through this winter,, my wife got really sick this winter for a week,, and with my health,, it was a trying week, the cold of winter tore through me so bad I became housebound,,and now that spring has cometo early,,along with the heat,, its drivingme back inside, just cantfind that happey medium, but again,, hope yourbothdoing well,,
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: irish on March 24, 2012, 09:41:04 PM
Thanks for the kind note. I hope that your wife is doing better. Irish
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: WildThing on March 27, 2012, 11:12:37 AM
How's he doing now Irish?
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: irish on March 27, 2012, 12:07:09 PM
Mr. Irish is doing fairly well. He just finished an antibiotic and if past history prevails he will be on another one within a month if not sooner.

It is so windy and dusty today and I just saw him outside. I called over to son's business and gave him another talking to regarding the mask, etc. Man, I just can't believe how men treat illness. I guess they think they are invincible. I am the "heavy" at our house I guess. He is a great guy but he has never had a good grasp on all this medical stuff. Guess all that info makes life too complicated. :o :o ::) ::) Thanks for asking. irish ;D
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: susanep on March 27, 2012, 12:45:53 PM
irish, I am glad you both are doing some better at the moment. We both have an appointment in the morning, mostly so we can get some med refills. My hubby needs a test done, but doesn't want to talk about it right now. It is hard to get them to go or get something done, even when they are sweet.

I am doing all I can to help my dad since my mom passed away. Today is the first day I haven't gone down yet, but I am tired. I feel so sorry for him. He and mom would have been married 60 years this June. He said he wished he had gone first, and said mom said she wanted to go first. I told my husband, it looks like mom won.

Me and my husband want to go together. Oh well.
You and your hubby get rest, do something fun, but not exerting, and have a good week.

susanep
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: WildThing on March 27, 2012, 02:04:34 PM
Glad things are looking up Irish.  I know what you mean I think about your son and how men treat illness (no offense guys) but ofen they don't know what to say in a tricky situation.  They probably mean well but I think they feel obliged to put everything right and say the right thing or else they're doomed so in the end they say nothing whearas women just say whatever.

Still thinking of you anyway x
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: irish on March 27, 2012, 09:26:15 PM
Wildthing, Sorry about the confusion. Our son has a business out here next to our place--literally across the driveway. My hubby hangs out there all day and has for years. He used to do some things around the business to keep busy and help out. He can't do as much now but he still hangs out.

He hangs out with our son's dog plus hubby doesn't miss the coffee breaks. Our son likes having him around, too. Hubby went out and used the skid steer unloader today without a mask---iin that wind---for more than a few minutes. That is when I watched til hubby went back inside and called him. He doesn't stand a chance. I am hot on his trail all the time. :o :o ::) :P ;DIrish ;D

And speaking of sons---they can be stubborn too. Must take after their dads.
Title: Re: Hubby in hospital again!!!
Post by: WildThing on March 28, 2012, 10:03:22 AM
Ha ha sorry Irish, I'm with you now.  I'm glad things are looking up though, hope the continue to do so.