March 30, 2015. Of
all places to find an American, it's here in the aged care home, Taree,
Oz. Dementia is not his prob, he's a diabetic who has paid scant
attention to his diet, and now his legs have turned black and are in
danger of being amputated. He's about my age. Apparently the condition
is common according to the carer who told me.
The carer doesn't particularly care for 'loud Yanks'
tho, which this bloke is - he plays vids of old English war movies at a
zillion decibles and drives the joint nuts.
Not much to report today - been checking government home
services for when I'm discharged but no one here seems to know much
about them, they're in the wrong business. Being independent at home
worries me until I get something organized.
I have no walker here so I can't practice. Instead, I
slipped off the side of the bed twice and walked twice around the bed -
the legs are pretty wobbly carrying all the weight (what there is of
it), and I'm concerned about that too.
It's frustrating not being kept informed of my progress here. Nobody seems to know nuthin. Gary
March 29, 2015. TX
Greg wrote to say the pic of the $3 admission on March 27 Waffle didn't
work so I've substituted a link instead - same pic tho. .."Speaking
of "thickened coffee", when I was about 3 one morning my mom and dad
were having their morning coffee. I threw a huge temper tantrum that I
wanted some too. Hehe, so my mom got a plastic mug and put in one part
coffee to three parts milk. MMMMMM sooooo good and to this day that's
how I still make my coffee, hahaha. If only my mom had patented that,
instead of Starbucks today she could have started a franchise of
Mombucks Coffee :)"
OH Jim tells me McDonalds has its own brand that you can make at home... good quality too.
And now on a jollier note, here's an article about what ails me,
COPD. It's the extra lung infection that is causing the condition to
worsen. So there ya go, not the most salubrious of situations but not
all doom and gloom - there are ways of easing the symptoms and living a
relatively normal lifestyle.
It was good to read that article - most informative and
more edifying than the quick snippets provided by various docs and
March 28, 2015. FL
Josh remarked that there are glimpses of the old Waffle lately. The
main reason I can't type normally is because I spend most of my time
flat on my back and don't have a proper desk... so I have to use the
old hunting and pecking method which is slow and boring....as are the
days themselves... with very little to stop the dreaded monotony. Not
even other people.
Back at the hospital I shared a ward with a bloke 4
years younger whose stomping ground as a kid and teen was the same as
mine, right down to the King Hong bros who ran the corner store - his
family and the bros were close friends. The bloke and I chatted
for hours about the old days.
So one of the reasons I write a bit of waffle is to get
a response. All I have in this room to keep me amused is the laptop.
Thank God for that! Speaking of which, OH Jim alerted me this. Gary
March 27, 2015. I
discovered yesterday how thickened coffee ain't too bad. especially
with extra milk. One of the male nurses asked me to try it. "You can
always throw it out." It's not roast tho... just plain old instant.
Still, it's something to kick start the day. Gotta avoid unthickened
liquids in case they leak into my lungs and cause more infections. A
Red Bubble friend said her husband got one and it was three months
before he fully recovered.
My thoughts are once again returning to being on the
road, independent and free of Lindsay's insanity, able to save money
for extra security - free camping or even roadside rest areas will be
the go. Averil next door had $40K saved but died before the nursing
home got her.
$3 admission... history of Indy 500.
Yep, I spent some time browsing an auto newsgroup... not
all that thrilling but it passed the time. Gary
March 25, 2015. None
nf the nursing staff here could give me a satisfactory explanation of
the problem I have so it was left to one of the carer staff (not a
nurse) to ask what kinda bug I had before he showered and shaved me. I
told him I didn't have clue so he went and In investigated. It's MRSI -
Multi Reistant Staph Infection - a common bug in several forms that
avoids being targeted by anti biotics by mutating. It takes longer than
usual to get rid of the thing which is why I'm on respite and in high
care, and also in isolation. All visitors to this room have to
So the days are long and boring. Miss yas all... and
thanks to OH Jim who keeps me informed about his neck of the woods. Gary
March 21, 2015. Well,
things are improving... I'm getting protein drinks and yoghurt thanks
to Dion the nurse passing the word around. In fact all the food I'm
getting is edible, which wasn't the case at the previous nursing
home. The staff are good too making sure I get my medication and
vitamins to build up the old bod.
An associate of my GP was here yesterday and was
impressed by my recovery so far... my regular GP is away for a week.
The assoc told me not to rush things and to avoid risking a fall. I
still need help with the toilet and showering. One of the nurses is
trying to find a walker I can borrow... all I have at the mo is a
Anna from the dental clinic, bless her heart, is
researching home help for when I'm outta here and solo. More later. Gary
March 20, 2015. Last
time I wrote, it was St Patrick's Day when some leprechaun got
tangled in the works and the computer shut down. And no, jim, I
didn't have a green beer. The hospital discharged me yesterday saying
there's nothing more they can do - "you're frail but you're not sick" -
and transported me to another nursing home in Taree - Alma Place,
Wingham Rd., Taree. The rooms are nice, the residents mostly loopy and
the staff okay, except they're not familiar with my dietary
requirements so I phoned my speech therapist at the hospital to get in
touch with them and remind them AGAIN.
I'm hoping to organize some sort of home care whn I
return home in 3 weeks - shopping, etc. I need to be totally
independent from Lindsay... that man is dangerously crazy.
Meanwhile, here's hoping and praying that all this crap
is over soon. I'm sick and tired of it. Gary
March 13, 2015.
apologies for making y'all worry but it's been a nighmare here - out of
the pan into the fire so to speak. The 2 weeks at home were a disaster
with Lindsay sceaming at me om occasions and raving about all the
trouble I was causing him. It was frightening, made worse by my lack if
independent mobility, most of which was the result of dehydration and
lack of nutrition. Lindsay has serious mental problems. So another 2
weeks of deterioration and misery has resulted in my being admitted
back to Hospital.
Before I left home, my GP said I had deteriorated so
badly that I
was in "the dying phase" - in other words iirreversible damage with
paliative care as the sole option. But last night after being admitted
to hospital, I ate a good meal (the food is pretty good here - much
better than the nursing home) which made a difference. The food
together with intravenous fluid brought my blood pressure and other
stats back to normal in no time, so I reckon the bod is responding
well. Hopefully, that will continue to be the case.
FL Josh phoned home the other day and spoke to Lindsay
but you need
to be careful of what Lindsay says ... he has a habit of telling his
version of events which can be far from th truth. Thanks Josh, and I
also appreciate the sentiments you expressed in your email. On the
downside, OH Jace wrote to say he has bladder cancer level 4
being treated with chemo therapy...all his hair is gone. I'm really
sorry to hear about that Jace and I wish you all the luck in the world.
Hopefully, my stay here will get me heathly again, with
mobility. After that, no more nursing home and no nore relying on
Lindsay - what eventuates remains to be seen. More later. Gary
March 10, 2015. TX Greg here with a quick
update. This morning I found this post by
Jules on the Grey Nomads Forum "... he is home, but very weak,
and spends most of his time in bed."
Get well soon dear friend. We all miss you tons.
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