February 24th, 2010
My blog was down for a few days. Sorry about that, but it’s out of my control.
I am home. I am so very happy to be here. At this point my walking isn’t much better than before I left, and I still struggle to do every little thing, but now that I’ve spent some time on the other side I know I prefer this to that. Not that actual assisted living would be the same as that care facility, (there should be coherent people people around, for one thing) but it’s close enough for me to know I want to stay clear of that for a loooooong time! I pee’d for two days straight, deflating all that sodium from the food out of me. I had puffed up like a balloon, more than just my feet! I didn’t realize how bad it was until Thursday when I pee’d every 20 minutes. And the food would be like that everywhere. And the shower situation. And the giving up my kitties situation. And the lack of privacy situation. I’d much rather struggle here!
It’s nice to have peace and quiet again, and my kitties around, and my chi machine and my bed. I missed my lift chair so much. And fresh fruit, real food, my MacBook, my TV shows (I’ll be catching up for awhile and I even deleted a lot of them!) and so many other things I took for granted. I will be stuck at home a lot again, but I won’t complain about that anymore! I still hope to get stronger and more independent in that area anyway, but in the meantime I have Home Care sending me a lady to help me get out to the mall once/week. I’ll be able to get some shopping done and get a latte and stuff, and someone with me to help me get stuff down off shelves, help me off my scooter when we get back here, put everything away and help set me back up all comfy in my chair. No fear of falling. The increased home care services are helpful, as someone pops in during the evening, as well. I get a lady every morning for personal care, range of motion and lunch prep, and then again at night to help me get ready for bed, refill my water bottle, wash dinner dishes etc. It only takes about 10 minutes but it’s great to have that help.
I won’t even complain that they’ve been sending different people every day and retraining people constantly is draining and frustrating. Hopefully they will get it down to splitting the work between two or three people on a regular schedule so I know who’s coming and when!
It seems a new symptom has reared it’s very ugly head, called VERTIGO. It’s making me crazy! It started yesterday afternoon, when I sat up from using my chi machine. Now it happens every time I get up or down, and sometimes while I’m just sitting here. It’s going to make me sick! I’m getting nauseous. I’ve certainly been living with dizziness for years, but this is more than that! Wow. I certainly hope it’s temporary. I won’t be putting up with this for long… puke.
The above was written several days ago, but this vertigo has set in something awful, so I need to take another break until this clears up. I can’t focus on anything so even typing this is making me feel sick! I’m going to my chiropractor today for a neck adjustment and advice. My doctor is away, so I may need to head to the walk-in clinic tomorrow. I want to get a referral to a radiologist… one of the causes of vertigo is a blockage in the veins, causing interrupted blood flow and oxygen to the brain. So if I can use this vertigo as an excuse to be tested for CCSVI, that would be great! Alberta Health Services has made an announcement that they will not pay for people to be tested. But if I have blocked veins I have a right to know and be treated for it! Grrr.