of Illness - 2008
health was fairly stable during January and February. A minor
infection during January and again the last week of
February. He had also pretty much stopped his pulmonary therapy
program. There was always an excuse whether it was too cold or too
windy or he just didn't feel like it.
first doctor appointments were on 11th March with the Pacemaker Clinic
and Dr. Millard. While at the pacemaker appointment, they insisted the
cardiologist see Dennis for a few minutes too so we managed to cover all
three with just one 150 mile roundtrip.
Millard told Dennis that his lungs were doing great but his lack of
motivation to perform his pulmonary therapy was going to set him back.
He tried to get across to Dennis how important the therapy was for his
lung function. Dennis promised that he would make a stronger effort.
was an up and down month. Getting him back on track with his
therapy program has been a battle to say the least. I had hoped that
building our new home would motivate him to work at improving his
strength and stamina so he could participate in the design and decision
making process, but so far that has not happened. This particular week
he has only been through his therapy 2 days which is not enough.
for those of you that are in the same situation as I am, sometimes you
just have to be tough. I know Dennis gets tired of me pushing him
to exercise but I do not quit because I know that if I quit, he will
just sit in his chair and his body will quit. That is not an acceptable
and June passed quietly for Dennis with him making only a half-hearted
effort on his therapy. In July, I started giving him a new food
supplement in hopes that it would improve his overall health. Nothing I
try seems to put weight on him and he is terribly thin. I started
with only a couple of ounces twice a day to be sure there were no side
affects. On July 18, we had to request a new prescription for Levaquin
and Prednison because Dennis noticed he was getting an infection.
We watched very closely in case it got worse but it was never as bad as
the previous ones and cleared up with one 10 day treatment. Dennis
continued to drink his supplement each day but I increased the amount to
9 ounces a day. We began to notice gradual changes in his skin
appearance. He has always had terrible "fatty" cysts on his
back along with severe acne. As he continued to drink the supplement, I
noticed the cysts were beginning to decrease in size and new ones were
not popping up.
September, we went to see Dr. Millard and Dr. Parmar for a scheduled
visit. Dr. Millard tried again to impress on Dennis the importance of
his therapy program and was not happy to hear that his efforts to push
himself had been less than hoped.
October 8th we had to request a new round of Levaquin and Prednisone
because Dennis felt like another infection was beginning. Once again it
did not become as severe as expected and a 10 day treatment cleared it
flare up on October 31st required another 10 day treatment. Neither of
these infections were severe enough for a trip to the doctor much less
to the hospital. Things were looking much better for the holidays.
all summer and fall, I was working long hours on completing the interior
of our new log home and Dennis was on his own most of the time during
the day. Needless to say, he did not complete his therapy as he had
had Thanksgiving in our travel trailer alone because Dennis refused to
go to either of our children's homes for dinner. When Christmas
came, I insisted that he had to get out of the house and go to our
daughter's and then to our son's. He is becoming quite paranoid about
his oxygen and catching a "bug". Don't know what to do
that will get him back on track. 2009