Tuesday, March 11, 2008

...and Moving Out (possibly)

Footslogger is
  • down to one liter of oxygen per hour
  • walking around the cardiac telemetry floor 3-4 times a day
  • talking about rehab and resuming exercise
  • texting nonstop with Precious Firstborn
  • planning low-fat, low-sodium menus.
I think we're about ready to be released from prison. The cardiac surgeon dropped by today and told us he was thinking of having us out of the hospital tomorrow; the insurance company is starting to also push for us to be released.

All of this makes me very happy. Giddy, even.

Except. That it makes me very afraid. I know that I'm driving him crazy, but I can't stop looking at him and asking things like "Are you feeling dizzy?" "Any chest pain?" "Are you out of breath?" I want him to rest, to recover. He wants to push. That will be the story, I imagine, for the next 6 months. I hope we can meet in the middle somewhere.

And I've found that I have a new sympathy for folks in ambulances. I've been walking about 30 minutes a day in the park across the street from the hospital, and occasionally an ambulance will come by, with or without lights and sirens. When that happens, I shake my head, sigh, and mutter "I'm so sorry" to the folks inside and the ones hurrying to meet them at the hospital. I know it's not my fault -- that's not the issue. It's just that I have a new sympathy for people who are suffering from medical emergencies and for their family members. What a hardship that is. And how lightly I've taken our good health up to now.

4 comments:

Belle said...

Hey girl, you take care of him and yourself and kids. Thanks for the good stuff chez moi. You can probably appreciate the kind of freak-out I'm having.

Musey_Me said...

I'm just getting caught up. I know that this has been WAY scary for you. But, it sounds like everything is going to be okay. So glad to hear that things are looking good!

jen martin said...

Oh, happy day! :) I look forward to hearing the final word on release! I hope it's sooner than later!!! And here's to a SPEEDY recovery!! Thinking of you!!

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