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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Getting Ready to Serve...

...Hubby in bed for the next 18 days...

Hubby is getting surgery on his foot, finally. You may recall a while back I posted about his Issues with the Navy PRT and how he had failed the run -- again. For 3 years we've been trying to get his foot looked at more intensively to see if he had some real foot issues that could medically waiver him from the run. Yep. He's got Planar Fibrosis( I think that's what they called it)....in BOTH feet. Apparently this is rare. Most people get it in one foot. Nope, not Hubby. He's got to be a medical anomoly and have both feet, symetrically tumored, or scared, or whatever it is that's in his feet.

So he's getting one foot done for now. In two days. Did I mention there is a 6 week recovery? 18 days of convalecent leave, and then anohter 3 weeks of "light duty"(translation - on crutches and still can't climb down onto the boat). The first 3-5 days is the worst, I'm told. Did I mention I live in a two story house? Oh yes, 13 stairs. Oh, and the bathroom is upstairs. and the kitchen is downstairs. And hubby will be in bed. And needing help with doing simple things like ...walking the 10 feet to the bathroom, and bathing.

Have I mentioned that Hubby outweighs me by nearly 75 lbs? oh yeah. He's a big guy. And I am not a stong woman. This is TOTALLY gonna suck.

Did I mention that Emily's Spring Break from school starts Friday? Yep. So I will have 3 children to wait on hand and foot for approximately 10 days, 24/7. With no break at any time that I can forsee.

Is it any wonder I start seeing a shrink today?!?

So If I am quiet the next couple of days you know why. I am busy getting hubby his pain killers. Or getting him food. Or soda. Or trying to drag him to the bathroom. Or tending to the kids and their boredom. Please Dear Lord, have nice weather this next 10 days. Then the kids can play outside and I will have less stress....

I'm off to find the bed tray for Hubby....

8 flame(s) added to the fire:

JaneyGrrrl said...

Wheelchair rental???? he can stand on the one good foot and pivot over to the chair and you could just push him where he needs to be ie, the bathroom...

won't solve the issue of getting him up the stairs in the first place, but might be useful.

Dr.John said...

My wife won't tell you but after I came out of the comma she had two years of helping me fron bed ( in living room) to bathroom. Now just when she thought she was through for a while I fell down and for a week she had to help me out of bed and help me into the bath room. Life never goes the way you expect. She, however never complained. She is one blasted angel. Good luck in your role of care giver. Oh and trust me it will ne hard on your husband to be the one cared for.

Bellarosa said...

Sending good wishes bor both you and your husband. I hope everything goes well.

The Phoenix said...

In both feet? I've never heard of that at all. That really sucks. I hope all goes well and he recovers quickly.

Betty said...

I don't unerstand why my comments are not kept.Anyway I will try again.
I think that Emily could be a help to you in bring things to your hubby. She has young legs. The wheelchair was a help in getting to the bathroom and back, Stairs oh boy.
The best of luck.i

Dick the Boomer said...

I will be thinking of you, Cissa. It just seems like if it's not one thing it's another. It's good you're getting some psych help. I wish for you strength and good humor.

Dr. Cissa Fireheart said...

janey - problem wth wheechair rental is, our hous eis so small, and so are the doorways..it wouldn't fit. not to mention, there isn't room to manuver around our bed for it. I'd still end up doing lots of "lifting". PLus 10 feet is a bit of a ridiculously small area to spend $$$ for a wheelchair rental. he'll still have one good foot to use the crutches with...

dr. john - thanks for the encouraging story. I am sure he will tire of it after a few days, but right now he's psyched to have the excuse to sleep, lounge and be waited on hand and foot!

bellarosa - thanks!

the phoenix - it's rare that it's in both feet and symetrical. also rare that it would grow at such a rapid rate. honestly I suspect that the biopsy will reveal a bad thing. But I am praying it won't!

betty - you comments aren't being saved because blogger sucks at times! it took nearly 30 minutes to get my 2 cat pictures up in the previous post! And thanks for the Emily idea! DUH -- I should have thought of that. Especially when he wants small things. she will be a great helper, if she's not outside playing!

dick - thanks so much. yes, things come in threes...I am just waiting for that #3 now....but I suspect that April 23rd will be the 3rd thing....

bilingualblahgirl said...

Oh boy. Good luck from me, too!