Me, Myself and Mom: An Update

A lot has been going on lately and I’ve been blogging about other stuff more than I have about, well us.  Not saying I haven’t posted anything it’s just I know there’s a lot I haven’t written
and I feel I need to, if you don’t mind?

A while ago I blogged about mom being switched off her anti-depressant because it wasn’t doing anything for her. In fact, she was getting worse to the point I was starting to get worried.  Since then she has gone into the new phase with her new medicine which we were told it could take 2-4 weeks before the medicine took full effect.  In fact, it was more like 4-5 days.  I first started hearing her sound more alive when we spoke on the phone and even when we drove to Travis AFB for her appointments, she didn’t have to try to make herself feel good she actually was sounding and looking better.

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She took her cardiologist’s advice and got back out into the world and started back to her TOPS (Taking Pounds Off Sensibly) and started back to volunteering at her church and going to her sewing group. YEA MOM!!  Since then she has also been admitted for edema (excess body fluid) which they gave her a IV Lasix which is used to remove excess water along with high doses Potassium.  It took four days before they released her and right off she took Taffy (her baby) back so she would be forced to get out and walk, which will help with her edema issue.  She is still seeing the psychiatrist to make sure the dosage of her anti-depressant is okay and that it will not interfere with her current regimen of medicines (14 at last count).  She is actually talking about joining a biker church to help pack box’s of food for the homeless and she is back to making blankets for the Children’s Receiving Home and has started going back to church after almost 2-1/2 months.  She’s trying and pushing herself and that’s a good, no great thing.  For now all we can do is watch, take notes, confirm the medicines are doing their job, watch her weight to make sure it doesn’t increase by more than 3 lbs a day or 12 lbs in a week and then pray everything stays within the numbers the doctor gave us.

As for me, things are going okay I guess.  I am getting older, just found out I have “High Frequency Mild Hearing Loss” which they say is due to either shooting weapons or being near aircraft engines.  Well yea, almost thirty years ago when I was a flight line police officer in the Air Force.  This apparently can happen at anytime or never; mine just decided to happen now along with my eye sight issues.

 – Richard

Richard Kreis
Pain & Humor

Richard Kreis

Blogger, Caregiver, Scheduler, Notary at Pick Your Pain, 24Hr Notary on Wheels
Richard Kreis is a father, husband, brother and son caring for his mom part-time (who suffers from COPD, strokes & more), his brother-in-law who has epilepsy, and his own chronic back pain. He blogs about his experience as a patient advocate and tri-fecta caregiver at PickYourPain.org and is currently working on a new calendar for caregivers with his brother, which will be released in 2016. He also has two black labs, a camp cat, and a large turtle and enjoys meditation, yoga, photography, art, and spending time with his family and pets. Richard is a member of Intake.me's Patient Advisory Board.
Richard Kreis
Pain & Humor