March 25, 2008

End of tunnel

I've spent the last week in hospital rooms, doctors' offices, and laboratory waiting rooms. My husband's kidney stone is gone, but he's still recovering from the invasive surgery that was done to remove it, and some complications that seem to be a result of the surgery. Even though I'm not in any pain myself, I am drained from a lack of sleep and from the frustration of dealing with medical staff who say contradictory things. My husband and I have both been very assertive about asking questions, asking for choices, and getting information, but the process is exhausting. We're both hoping that we are almost at the end of this episode. Here's the only bit of sunlight I've seen, on my walk from a medical facility to the parking garage.

End of tunnel

27 comments:

JD said...

sending you good thoughts and prayers -- and thank you for the update.

MJ said...

I've done this with both my parents. It's draining. I send you both my thoughts and prayers.

Phantom Scribbler said...

(o)

sam said...

Best wishes to you both, for rest and healing. It is exhausting to suddenly find yourself living in what seems like a different world.

susan said...

Wishing rest and cozy home time for both of you!

M in my diary said...

Hoping the best for you both.

Yankee T said...

Sending hugs.

Gawdess said...

glad to hear that you are nearing the end of this!!!

Scrivener said...

Sorry for the difficult situation, but the play of colors and light in your photo is really cool.

Lauren said...

Prayers and good thoughts go out to you and your husband, Joe.

halloweenlover said...

Your poor husband. And poor you! I hope he feels better asap and I hope this never happens again!

Hugs.

Sarah Sometimes said...

I hope Husband is doing better. And that you both get some sleep!

kathy a. said...

oy, what a week! i'm sorry that it took surgery to get rid of the stone, and also about complications -- but truly hope it is smooth sailing from here on out.

Rev Dr Mom said...

Hugs and wishes for a good sleep and quick recovery!

concretegodmother said...

prayers are ascending for you both, jo(e). it *does* take an awful lot of time, energy, and attention to be an aware and informed patient, caregiver, family member. ultimately, though, it's worth the expenditure. may you refill and replenish soon.

hele said...

Sending some autumn sunshine, dancing with leave shadows, your way.

Jenevieve said...

I was in the hospital too, this Easter, and it blows. Sending thoughts and prayers your way!

PK said...

hope you get some rest soon... and prayers for a quick recovery (and that it NEVER happens again)!

swissmiss said...

Best to both of you.

Seeking Solace said...

Glad to hear that things are going better.

Singing Owl said...

Oooooh, I'm so sorry. After a vacation...even worse, kind of. Dealing with the medical community should not be so difficult, should it? I hope all goes well from here on out. Praying for you both.

Lilian said...

I hope he recovers fully very soon and that both of you can enjoy the sunshine together. Cool photo!

skookumchick said...

Oh I'm so sorry jo(e) about your week, but I'm glad things are moving in the right direction, as it were. And that there was a little sun. Hope your husband feels better soon...

BrightStar said...

oh no... I am so sorry that the surgery had complications. I will continue to keep him in my thoughts and prayers.

Kyla said...

Yes, it can all be so exhausting. I hope he heals quickly and all of this is behind you soon!

KathyR said...

Oh, I hope he will be OK and you will get some rest.

Why is it so hard? Why is there such an utter lack of coordination among a patient's doctors and nurses? Maddening.

chichimama said...

My thoughts are with you, (((o)))