Thank you, everyone, for your prayers and well-wishes…
Well, Rose, Dolores and I went to St. Mary’s Mercy Hospital in Livonia. We waited forever in the room and talked and watched the news. Finally, after doing their own tests, they decided to keep me.
I took along two books, puzzles, pencils, two hand held games, my Bible and a pair of pjs. (What hospital is going to give up an chance of keeping you?)
I had missed dinner, but was told I was on a liquid diet and they brought me chicken broth and water. The broth was horrid.
They put two bags of blood in me. I had to have the pressure things for your legs to prevent blood clots. They really really hurt. And my right leg got RLS and the left one was cramping. The nurse finally took them off and I used the bathroom, walked and then sat on the side of the bed, swinging my leg, and played one full game on my hand held (that is what I do at home). When he put them back on, he said that unless I really needed the bathroom, he couldn’t take them off again. A few minutes later, the left leg got RLS and I had to endure it, getting no sleep. Plus I have blood spots and bruises all over my left arm.
This morning, the day nurse said I had to stay in bed and keep the pressure on. The nurse’s aide said I didn’t and I could get out of bed and even put on the bottom part of my pjs.
They have new food services in practice there. The kitchen is open from 6:30a to 6:30p. You are given a menu and a number and you eat what you want when you want, and it is included on your insurance like regular meals. When I called, I discovered that I was on ‘full’ liquid diet, which meant pulverized chicken noodle soup (delicious), gelatin, pudding, pop (soda), yogurt, etc. I ate pretty well…
Then, the doctor didn’t come…and didn’t come…and didn’t come. Finally, he showed up and said that I would have the tests on Monday, maybe I should go home. My doctor showed up and said, “I thought the tests would be done today. Also, I don’t think your insurance will cover two days of nothing.” And then he prescribed some new medicine, including iron tablets. He told me that I can have those oral and rectal tests when he decided, next week or the next, when he thought I was really ready and sent me home.
I called Dolores and told her and she said she would call Rose to see if she could pick me up. But my doctor came back and said they were going to pay for a taxi to bring me all the way home! We were all happy and I am now home and had lovely fish and chips for dinner.
When I first got home, I just took off my coat and took my usual 1/8th mile walk. No heavy legs and arms. No pains in the back or chest. No heavy breathing. Well, now I know for sure that was the problem. But what caused it? So, they are going to start looking through my body for a leak.
But I will get some sleep tonight and feel even better tomorrow.