Musical Beds!

When Tony was first admitted he was put in a private room – nice!  We thought it was because he had c-diff once, but sadly, it was because he was having bowel problems, and once those cleared up, so did the private room.  He texted me the night before last with his new room number.  His roommate?  An 83 year old diabetic who had signs of a stroke.  I guess Tony fell asleep without his c-Pap machine and started to snore and the guy complained.  Tony woke up, put his mask on and then his roommate proceeded to snore the whole night!

When I got to his new room yesterday morning, he was sound asleep.  I got there at 7 and he didn’t wake up until 7:30 when the nursing shift changed and they woke him up.  He was bummed that I didn’t wake him up when I got there, but for all I knew, he could have just fallen asleep an hour before.  Before I knew it, it was time to go to work. Sad smile

Breakfast was simple – one of my copy cat Nature Valley granola bars and a Chobani.  Yummers.

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Work has been crazy busy.  We hired a new secretary but she doesn’t start until next week, so I am filling in and doing a lot of month end stuff that I am not familiar with and well, let’s just say numbers aren’t my thing.  I can edit and proofread a 20 page report, but working with numbers doesn’t go so well for me.  Luckily my boss knows this and cuts me some slack, but it’s a lot of attention to detail on lots of lots of charts that seem to be saying the same thing but have to be prepared twenty different ways to Sunday.  I ended up working through lunch again so I could leave at 4:00.

I had every intention of posting the recipe for this soup that I am loving – Jennie-O Hot Turkey Italian Sausage Gnocchi soup, but I stayed at the hospital until 9:00 last night, came home and I didn’t feel like figuring out the calories, etc.  Still very good – and I have to say, I don’t mind how the gnocchi tastes – I was worried that after a couple days it would be all gummy, but it still tastes delicious.  It’s on my list of recipes to post because it is that delicious.

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Tony had his endoscopy yesterday afternoon, so when I got to the hospital at 4:30 I had to wait about 10 minutes before he got back to his room.  He was super tired and all I know is that they found some varices in his esophagus and capped them so they would stop bleeding.  That’s all I got out of him before he immediately fell asleep for an hour.  See, I am the sleep whisperer! Open-mouthed smile

Once he woke up I went down to get some dinner.  Here’s a clue that you have been to a hospital cafeteria too many times – mainly just breakfast and dinner for the last three days, but still – the woman tonight recognized me and gave me an employee discount!  Last night I had a small salad – I put it in a soup cup so I could toss it with the lid on, and some chili.  I got a 16 ounce chili – they said an 8 ounce container was 127 calories, so even with the added cheese from the salad bar, it wasn’t too bad.  Only problem? They didn’t have hot sauce – what?!

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Tony cat napped on and off.  At one point I was able to lay beside him and laid my head on his chest while he slept.  He held onto me so tight but he was so comfortable and sleeping, I didn’t even mind that he had left the t.v. on a Minnesota Twins baseball game.  A new nurse came on staff and Tony woke up and he said “oh, I thought you left already!”   I ended up leaving at 9:00 and when I pulled into the driveway, Tony texted me to tell me that yet again, his room assignment had changed – so crazy!  I don’t know why they don’t keep people in the same spot.

And his 83 year old roommate?  While he was waiting to get discharged, they had a call into the doctor because the doctor had prescribed insulin pens, but he still used a syringe for his insulin, which is way old school.

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We started talking back and forth.  He’s been diabetic for 10 years.  I asked him how many times he tested his blood sugar and he said “once a week if I am lucky!”  He then went on to say that he just took his fast acting insulin three times a day, but that it varied based on when he got up.  Huh.  The whole point of fast acting insulin is to have the insulin meet the food you are about to eat so you don’t have a spike in blood sugar.  I told him that he had to take his insulin when he ate and he just had a quizzical look on his face.

So when the discharge nurse said “take your fast acting insulin right before you eat” he said “I didn’t know that until that lady told me!” and pointed to me.  He is a veteran and gets his medication at a VA hospital – not sure why no one told him of this before, or maybe they did, and he just didn’t listen.  In fact, when I told him I tested my blood sugar 5 times a day he said “you really take this diabetes thing seriously!” 

I said goodnight to Tony and headed out to my car.  Um, pretty sure the car next to mine in the parking lot had my license plate!!

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And surprisingly with no formal workout, I didn’t do too bad on my steps.

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So the plan today is for Tony to get a biopsy of his liver.  That will pinpoint some autoimmune deficiencies he’s been having and tell his why his liver numbers are off.  While a part of me wants to google the shit out of what that could mean, I am not jumping to any conclusions at this point.  Just taking it a day at a time. 

I SO APPRECIATE all the emails, Instagram messages and comments you guys are sending our way – I will eventually have time to respond to all of you personally, but in the meantime, know that it means so much to me.

I leave you with a song.  It’s funny, because when Tony is home the t.v. is on 24/7.  Since he’s been in the hospital, I haven’t turned it on once!  Me?  I love music.  So I’ll go to youtube and just see where the music takes me.  Yes, I am one of those people who like America’s Got Talent, mostly for the singing though.  When I saw Bianca Ryan hit it out of the park back in 2006 (can’t believe it was that long ago!) I remember thinking “that girl is going to be famous one day!”

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CxhKtcqzdE

Well, now she’s 19 and has an AMAZING voice!  Check out her cover of John Legend’s All of Me.  I puffy heart that song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sFcfbeoKok

Make it a great day!

29 thoughts on “Musical Beds!

  1. That sucks they’re moving him around so much. How are you ever supposed to get any rest to feel better in a hospital? Geez. That’s pretty sad that dude didn’t know how to take care of himself properly.

    • I have never had him move around so much in a hospital stay before – crazy! And yes, while diabetes is a pain in the ass, it is manageable.

  2. How frustrating for you both that they keep moving Tony around. Hopefully the next bed he moves into is the one at your house.
    We have to get you that license plate :) I couldn’t believe it when I saw it.
    Glad you are staying busy at work it can help keep your mind distracted. Take good care and hope to hear some awesome news tomorrow.

    • From your lips to God’s ears Kym! Too bad that license plate is an Illinois one – I totally would have gotten it otherwise!

  3. SO thinking of you guys!

    That license plate made me laugh – so you.

    Here is one of my faves right now – “Hundreds of Ways” by Conor Oberst. Enjoy:

  4. Interesting that Tony’s roommate was so uninformed about his diabetes and filling syringes – I sure hope that’s not typical of the kind of care our vets get. But then again, he doesn’t sound very proactive about his own treatment.

    I sure hope they figure out Tony’s treatment and he gets on the road to recovery soon. He can’t be sleeping enough in the hospital, especially with all the room changes. :(

    That license plate is perfect for you!

    • Actually he’s probably gotten the most sleep in the last three days than he has in three months! Although last night his roommate has a “no get out of bed alarm” and he tried to get up by himself and the alarms sounded off and four people came running into the room!

  5. Biz, I’m with you when it comes to numbers and charts, HATE it! My brain becomes foggy and I want to cry. In any case, thank goodness your bosses are nice and work with you and respect you! I hope that Tony can get out of that darn hospital and has a very speedy recovery. You are a gem, the way you cuddle with him is so sweet.

  6. 1. Thinking of you and Tony
    2. That is so awesome of you to tell that 83 year old about his insulin.
    3. That license plate – so funny!

    Ah, what a week, we are having layoffs. :(

    • I’ve read that on Facebook Marcia, and while I haven’t commented on anything lately keeping my fingers crossed that you aren’t one of them. If you are – do they have severance packages? Could you imagine a whole summer off with your boys?!

  7. You amaze me with your grace in handling all situations. Hospitals are tough and exhausting-but I guess it is your kind of place, given that about the license plate! My best to you and Tony and hope this solves itself quickly. Please accept my virtual hug.

    • Well, I have a long line of strong women in my family who have made me this way – my Mom, my Aunt – we seem to be able to rise to the occasion and face things head on (although sometimes I secretly want to order a whole pizza to myself and eat the whole thing!)

  8. How hard this must be on you. I can’t imagine. Best wishes to both you and Tony!

  9. Why do they keep moving him so much? I was in the hospital after my surgery in November and they moved me 1x, when they moved me, they threw my SONIC care toothbrush in the trash. Can you believe that? Julie went to get it and had to dig it out. I had to throw out the brand new brush head. LOL. I hope you guys get some good news soon!! I hope you don’t have to work this weekend at the restaurant. Reading your entry reminded me that I didn’t take my long acting insulin. Its strange now that I’m no longer on the pump.

    • I have no idea – they didn’t have much of an explanation on that one! I am loving that you don’t use your insulin pump anymore – how have your numbers been?

  10. I hope the next bed Tony gets moved to is yours at home! The hospital is no place for rest – just acute care and then get the heck out of there! Positive thoughts for nothing but good news :)

  11. Glad that you could lay down with Tony for a little bit. And, that was nice of the hospital cafeteria worker to give you a discount!!
    I hope that the biopsy goes well!!!

  12. just thinking about you and sending you positive energy:)

  13. Hope you guys get some answers soon! Waiting is the worst! You are in my thoughts!

  14. Sending giant hugs, love and feel better thoughts down to you and Tony! Hang in there Vat! Your optimism and amazing resilience will carry you both through, and Tony will be home again before you know it!

  15. Biz – let me tell you, stay away from Dr. Google. It will just frustrate you and send you down needless paths of worry.

    Take care of yourself!

  16. M.J. Jacobsen

    Thought i left a comment earlier, don’t know what happened! Hugs to you and hope Tony is out of there stat! xxxooo You have to own that license plate….!!

  17. Don’t worry about recipes posting or whatever. You have more important things on your mind right now. And stay away from Dr. Google, it can scare the shit out of you which I know from experience.

    Sending good wishes your and Tony’s way.

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