Friday, January 30, 2015

Another fall

We had a long day today. Had to go to Canon City to pick up some prescriptions, then to Pueblo to pick up prescriptions they didn't have in stock in Canon City, then to the AT&T store to iron out some problems Marshall had with his cell phone. So it was a long day and Marshall's back started really hurting.

When we got home he took two Percocet and got in bed to try to be more comfortable. We watched TV in the bedroom.

Around 9:30 he got up to go to the bathroom and on the way back to the bed he fell. I wasn't watching so I didn't see how he fell and he says he thinks his knees just buckled. It was scary for a few minutes, but guess what? He got up by himself. And it didn't seem to aggravate the back pain any more than it already was. So while falling was definitely not a good thing, the fact that he got up by himself was pretty awesome and means he is definitely building up strength.

Tomorrow I need to go back to Canon City to pick up the final two prescriptions -- I think we have finally gotten the prescriptions up to date again. Marshall will stay home and rest.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Back pain won't go away

Wednesday and today were quiet days, just trying to rest and see if Marshall's back pain will let up.

Today was a bit better but around 6:00PM it started up again. Maybe another day or two of bedrest will calm it down. He says it feels like the back pain he's experienced off and on all his life. But while he used to go to a chiropractor for relief, that is out of the question now.

I was able to go to Walgreens today and get most of his medications re-ordered.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Yesterday was fine until close to the evening when he started having really bad pain. It's awful to watch him in pain and not have any solution for it. My stomach goes into knots and I have anxiety attacks. But he took a Percocet (for breakthrough pain) and in an hour or so felt a bit better. And I took an Ativan. I'm taking them more regularly these days.

Today we went out to lunch and he did really well. We got home and watched TV together for a while but again he had really bad back pain. We are both on edge.

Tomorrow we need to go over to Walgreens and get his prescriptions in order again. We are sort of starting from scratch since he got home. The nursing home discharged him with 10 days worth of medications and no prescriptions so we had to get Dr. Bliss to write out a bunch of prescriptions for us before we run out. If it isn't one thing, it's another. It would be so wonderful to have a period of time (a week? a month?) of painfree normal life.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Getting settled at home

It took all day Saturday to get back in the groove. When he was at the nursing home all of his medications were changed so it was a learning process to get the schedule going again. Saturday went well. Marshall has been doing his exercises and stretches so he can keep building strength. However, the physical therapist said that Marshall should probably never try to walk without the walker. Too much danger of falling.

Today I had to run to Walgreens to get prescriptions filled and do a little shopping. Marshall stayed home and did pretty good until about 7:00 this evening and then some new pain hit him and it appeared to be pretty bad. So he took a Percocet, along with the morphine, and went to bed.

His painkiller schedule now is 100mg of morphine every 8 hours, a Marinol (marijuana pill) every 12 hours and a Percocet for breakthrough pain. I think today's pain probably came from him trying to stay up all day (at the nursing home he napped quite a bit).

But he's also had some pretty bad tremors in his hands that won't go away. We assume it's a reaction to a medication, but which one? And he goes from freezing to burning up. This is where the round-the-clock care with a good nursing staff and doctors close at hand was a great thing.

We're still trying to get on a meal schedule. He ate at regular times at the nursing home but we haven't really made that happen here -- not to mention the fact that I can't even come close to fixing the kind of awesome meals they served at the nursing home!

But he is so glad to be home and we're glad to have him back.

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Friday, January 23, 2015


He is now home and the animals are beside themselves.

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On my way to get Marshall

The floors are done, the furniture has been put back (for the most part), and I am on the way to bring Marshall home.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Final Days at the Nursing Home

This morning I took Marshall on a field trip over to the Toyota dealer where we traded in the Prius and bought the Dodge Ram. It is an awesome truck. Marshall even took it for a drive so he is definitely feeling so much better.

When we got back to the nursing home, it belatedly occurred to him that my birthday is next week, so he started telling everyone he bought me a truck for my birthday! Funny man.

Then this afternoon, because of an issue with Marshall's roommate (he had been in the room all by himself until just two days ago) they moved Marshall to a new room in another wing. I wish he could have been in this new wing for his whole stay because it was very nice with very friendly people. But at least he will be in an extra nice area for the next four or five days until he is released.

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