O for Oh Dear !.. Whatever next ?

I've always been a firm believer in taking whatever life throws at me 'straight on the chin' in other words, don't whinge just get on with it. last week we had a most challenging week, in fact it was so awful I seriously considered sitting in the corner of a darkened room and screaming my head off. Fortunately, common sense prevailed, and instead of having a total melt down,  I sat quietly in my favourite reclining chair, played some soothing music then poured myself a brandy on ice with soda water.


Oh Dear ! Recently I wrote about my husband Ian, who is awaiting open heart surgery which is due to take place on the 25th of May, but what I haven't mentioned that in the midst of all this he has been put on kidney dialysis.



 He had either the choice of going for dialysis at the hospital three times per week which would have been extremely difficult because he is my main carer, (I have severe rheumatoid arthritis), or to have treatment at home.

Initially, he had surgery to place a catheter into the abdomen to make access, then the abdominal area is filled with Dalysate through the catheter. 

At first, this is done manually four times during the day, then, eventually the process can take place through the night whilst he is sleeping using a machine called a Cycler. 

We've had a wonderful team of nurses calling most days and a back-up team should anything go wrong, which it has, but I won't bore you with the details and soon sorted by Ian's specialist nurse, Sarah, who really is an angel.

Next step is preparing ourselves for his open heart surgery which is due to take place on the 25th May 2017.

OH DEAR! Whatever next ? In the midst of all this activity my lap top decided to throw a fit and as it was a bank holiday weekend, we had to wait a while until  Mike the 'magic mender man' could fix it for me. My P.C. is my lifeline with the outside world, as I can't get out and about without assistance from my beloved, it's been a rather trying time! I hope to get back to blogging as soon as possible,

Until then my thanks to Roger for stepping in to help and of course to all those who have been so supportive at this rather emotional and trying time.

Best wishes to all my blogger friends,
Di.
Abcw team.


Comments

  1. Us over the water peeps are sending you both our prayers and good wishes.

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    1. Hi thud, good to hear from you and thanks for your
      kind comments, they are most appreciated,
      love Di..xx

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  2. Hi Di! You are so brave and I sincerely hope that your husband will soon get better and that you get all the help you need. My thoughts are with you, dear Di.

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    1. Hi Wil,
      Thanks for dropping by and also your kind wishes for Ian,
      I am scared for what he has to go through but he's such a
      stoical man that I feel he'll get through it all!
      He seems to be doing very well with the dialysis and sleeps
      quite well whilst it is operating. I've just made him sit down
      and rest a while, he's been so busy this morning, maybe the
      dialysis is taking effect.
      So all we need to do now is get his heart fixed and he really will
      feel so much better (God willing).
      Love Di xxx

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  3. Life can be challenging at times ~ Lots of prayers for hubby and you ~ aging is just so much fun ~ Oh Dear is right but you handled it well ~ thanks for coming by ~

    Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

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    1. You are so right carol, thank you for your prayers, most gratefully received.
      Happy week ahead for you and little dawgie too !
      kind regards,
      Di.
      ABCW team.xx

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  4. Dear Di, what's a good whine among friends, I say. It helps us keep our head above water. As does music and a strong stiff of what helps us most to find zen. I've been doing all three. :-) I'm channeling positive thoughts and hugs with much love to you and your Ian.

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    1. Hi Susie,
      i've just been offering words of cheer and comfort to you on your
      site and here you are doing the same to me,
      Thanks for your kind words of support, they are most appreciated,
      Love n hugs,
      Di.
      ABCW team,

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  5. Naturally, I'm wishing you both well.

    ROG, ABCW

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    1. Thanks Rog,
      kind of you to say xx
      Di,
      ABCW team.

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  6. Oh Di, so sorry for all that is going on. Hoping for the best for both of you and prayers for strength.

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    1. Thanks Ellen prayers are most welcome at this time, so kind of you,
      Best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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  7. Oh my goodness, you really have it all at once ! I think I would also want to sit in a dark corner and not hear anything from the outside world in your case ! But yes, we have to pull ourselves together. You are a very courageous girl ! I wish you all the best !

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    1. Hi Gattina,
      thanks for your kind words, although i don't feel courageous, Inside I am scared
      stiff, but then I'm a born worrier whereas Ian is quite stoic so I firmly believe
      his strength will get him through all of this, unlike his dithering wife!
      Chloe cat is sitting bolt upright o my lap, watching intently as I tap away
      on the keyboard, any moment a large white paw will plonk itself down on a random letter
      and mess up my writing..
      That's good, she has collapsed on my lap and is watching through
      shuttered eyes1
      Best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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  8. My thoughts are with you both and wishing you better times ahead.
    In answer to you question, no despite the becks name it is not near Tarn Hows. If all is well in the future then Tarn Hows is definitely wheelchair friendly, park at the main car park and go from there. I used to do a turn around the tarn when I broke my leg and was on crutches.

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  9. I hope things will be better soon for you.

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