Sunday, January 22, 2012

This is how it goes.....

I check the blogs of several other Multiple Myeloma caregivers, and patients, and in doing so realized that I hadn't written anything in almost a month. That's good! Means that things are really pretty quiet on this MM front.

My honey finally recovered from the maladies that were plaguing him.....and it's evident by the fact that he's getting bored. He's ready to get back out into his shop. I've been pretty successful in getting him to wait until the weather is better and those shop doors can be open to allow the dust and fumes to escape. (No more pneumonia or bronchitis needed!)

Last week, our Gorrell RV Park was open for business and Sam and Ann Greco, friends for many years, came and spent the week with us. We always have a good time sharing the cooking chores and playing cards (Pegs 'n Jokers), at night. Finally, it was like old times ....... with Bob feeling good (B/C).

On Friday night, we had our first night out in many months. For Christmas, our PA daughter and her family had given us tickets to a Kenny G concert at the Beau Rivage, in Biloxi. We spent the night at the Marriott Courtyard. I'm the primary chauffeur, and I had no interest in a 2 hour drive home, late at night. It was a wonderful concert.......and made me feel like things were almost "normal". My honey now walks slow, can't do a lot, but we were "out and about"! (Went to 'Mikey's on the Bayou' in Ocean Springs and had delicious Gumbo and Shrimp PoBoys.)

Maybe we did too much. He hasn't felt very good the past couple of days but this is really how it goes, at our house. One day we're up, and the next we're down, even though his numbers still look good. 

I think this is just how it goes.......with Multiple Myeloma.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Finally, the end is near.......

From the Friday before Christmas until now......"we" have been dealing with Pneumonia/Bronchitis. My honey spent one night, in the hospital, and I think the IV fluids/antibiotics did wonders to help turn him around and begin to get better. He isn't great about "sharing" information (I'm still searching for that class in ESP or mind-reading), but when you've lived with a man for over 50 years, you begin to be able to read some of the signs. He's talking more, and it doesn't seem to hurt so much when he gets up out of a chair (lungs are getting better).

He was supposed to use the Isometer every hour that he's awake .....and I'm just sure he's been awake for more than 2 - 4 hours in a day.....but that's about how much it has been used! I'm not sure why he hates that little device so much - but he does.  My "Hester" stubborn streak (one of the things I inherited from my mother) appeared, and I decided that he is an adult.....knows he needs to do I'm not saying a word!! Thank goodness, he's getting better without it. 

His appetite is non-existent and food makes him nauseous. This isn't anything brought on by the Bronchitis, so it's probably a side-effect of one of the antibiotics. Thank goodness, there are only a few days remaining. We're currently on an oatmeal, grilled cheese sandwiches and chicken noodle soup diet.

If he HAS to be sick, winter is such a good time. It's a great time to stay indoors - lots of pajama days in front of the fire. How miserable it would be if the weather was good, and he didn't feel well enough to be oustide.

Now, not that I'm a pessimist, but I have to wonder.......what's coming next?  We're finally nearing the end of this Pneumonia/Bronchitis thing......and I'm just hoping that there's nothing else planned (God's plan) for him, in the near future. Dear God....please let him be well, for a little while.