Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Waiting and Waiting

For the kitties, the waiting began three weeks ago. For me, it began in October. The kitties are waiting for me to get back home. I was waiting to see why I was so sick and what it was. I got my answer, mostly, and theirs is "a few more weeks, babies."

Leo: (in front) This is where we usually cuddle with mom.
Glitter: (in back) Yeah, so who stole her and when are they bringing her back?
Leo: Yeah, cause I need my snuggles!
Glitter: Yeah!
Cashmere: (from elsewhere in the house) Yeah!

~feel free to skip long boring human medical crap below~

If you had seen my few and far between posts lately, you know that I've been fighting something awful and could not find any answers even after so many doctors and specialists. Finally Greg bought a pulse oximeter because one of my biggest complaints was feeling like I wasn't getting any air. This is one of those little things they put on your finger to measure what percent of oxygen you have. You are not suppose to be under 90, 100 is best. I put it on and it read in the low 80's. I could not get it to the 90's for anything. It started dropping into the 70's and even dipping into the 60 and that's when we decided not to wait the month and a half to see the next specialist on the list (Ear, Nose and Throat, because pulmonology said it was my throat making me cough and distort my voice). We called my regular doctor and he sent us to the ER. ER admitted me, almost immediately. For two and a half weeks I had more doctors that you can shake a stick at, from every field of medicine imaginable.

I tell you, it was almost like being on Dr. House, they darn near killed me before they fixed me. We'll have to wait and see if the kidney damage they caused is lasting or heals.. But in the end, the cough stopped, my voice is back to normal, I feel good, and my oxygen is mostly back in the normal range. Oh, and apparently my CO2 levels were really high while my oxygen was really low, no wonder all I wanted to do was sleep, right?

Where am I now? Being in the hospital and not getting up is not good for you, especially when you have leg issues like I do in the first place. For every one day in, you lose three, so I'm pretty weak. Which means I'm in rehab, getting strengthened up so I can go back home and see my kitties! MY plan is to be here no more than two weeks and then get in home physical therapy to keep going. I'm also reconsidering more leg surgery. I'd kind of given up on continuing down that path since the first one just about reversed itself.

If you have a purr or a prayer or a good thought, I'd appreciate them! I need to get home! I miss my kitties! They miss me! And here's something I don't think I've told you all (did I?) I need to get home for Twin 2's baby shower! I have my first great nephew to welcome into the world in July!

I have an update on Piper that I'll post soon. I am going to try to be more regular, even if I'm not home to get new pictures. Greg is sending me them, like the one above.
Thanks for listening! I'm going to try to get back to visiting everyone too. I miss you all!


The Island Cats said...

You certainly have been through so much and we purr that you are on the road to recovery now. We know your furbabies miss you so much.

Katie Isabella said...

Dear friend, I will keep you in my prayers and I am beyond happy to hear from you here. So are the kitties. :-)

Brian said...

Purrs and prayers from all of us, get home soon!

Summer said...

I'm sending lots of healing purrs your way! I wish I lived in your town, I would make a therapy cat visit to you.

Tama-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette, Ollie, Hotesse & Heloise said...

Sending lots and lots of good thoughts and hope to see you home very soon.

World of Animals, Inc said...

We hope you are home soon with your little ones. Rehab will get your strength back up and you will be on your way home. Thanks for the update. Have a great day and we hope everything goes well.
World of Animals

Eastside Cats said...

The Hubby says he's always disliked "House", 'cause no hospital in the world would let a group of doctors work like that on one patient! I certainly hope that your kidneys are okay, and that rehab gets you in fine fettle soon! Sending purrs and hugs to you all!

Timmy Tomcat said...

Being an ER nurse Dad was really surprised at reading this as O2 sat is one of the first things that should have been checked. We do send purrs and prayers that you are home soon and that you keep in touch with us all through the blog.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

best fishez two yur mom guyz; we R sorree herz deelin with all thiz, dad two.. N we hope herz home again N way better sooooper quik ~ ☺☺♥♥

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Loads of purrs and prayers headed your way!

catladymac said...

Purrayers and POTP to you and your sweet kitties ! Hoping you are back home soon !

pilch92 said...

I will be praying for you.

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Marley, and Laz) said...

We are purring and purring for you to get better soon...

Anonymous said...

I am sending you mega Purrayers and Mom is sending you strength! We were wondering why you had not been blogging, but then Mom has not been blogging a whole bunch either
Put your right had on your left shoulder and your left hand on your right shoulder
Its a hug from me!
Love Barb

LP said...

Thinking of you and sending lots of love and big hugs your way, Andrea! The pups and kitties also send you purrs and tail wags and loads of love. XOXO

Sophie and the courtiers in the cottage xo