Seems like we are in a holding pattern. It is only another 10 days until Joanne's achilles surgery so we are trying to figure out the logistics of all that. We are asking the surgeon if there is a way to get an in-home consult from a therapist to help us figure out how Joanne will get around during the 5-6 weeks she will be in her cast. But my guess is that we will be figuring it out on our own and as we go. The thing I remind myself every day is that the surgery is going ot give her a great shot at walking normally and is necessary if she is ever going to walk without a cane. I tell you what, the day we put that cane away will be a sweet one!
The great thing about having met our deductible for this year is that we have no expenses or co-pays right now when we use medical services or see doctors. That being the case we are off to see Dr. Vandeloo on Monday to check out a few things. One is that Joanne's depression meds don't seem to be working very well and the other is to consult with her about the small hole in Joanne's heart and what next steps we can take to figure out if that was the cause of the stroke. Everyone we have consulted has said that that would be a very unlikely cause but it's all we have at this point. Dr. Vandeloo is pretty awesome and she seems to be the gateway for most of the other Kaiser docs.
The bad thing about our deductible is that we will have to start all over on January 1. Darn.
We had a great meal last night. A friend of Kristen's brought this amazing soup of which I have no idea what it was. It was sort of like potato soup but it was so much better then that. Could have been a squash soup. Who knows. Totally a weird experience not knowing what we were eating but loving it all the same. She also brought amazing grilled cheese with apple and prosciutto. And she brought cookies...and muffins for breakfast! What a treat! So many people have brought us meals and we deeply appreciate every one of them.
Last Christmas Gran and Papa gave us half a cord of firewood. We have it all stacked neatly in the garage and now that the weather is turning we are making fires all the time. It warms much of the house, smells so good, is mesmerizing to watch and sounds like, well, like fire. I have a feeling we'll make it through our half cord this winter no problem. We are spending a lot of time in the living room because Joanne's favorite chair is in here and it is right next to the fireplace. Not too bad a place to hang out.
At some point I need to write a blog post about Joanne and technology. She is totally attached to her iPhone (she got an iPhone 4 while still in the hospital) and she has used it to communicate with friends and stay in touch with the world. She also loves her Kindle. It is much more manageable one-handed than a regular book. Thanks to Sarah for hooking her up. One of these days she is going to tackle the one-handed typing tutorial that she got. Then she'll be able to blog again on her own, which I am really excited about.
Acupuncture...where to start. There is definitely a lot of "puncture" in acupuncture. Joanne pretty much hates it but we are seeing some results. It is reminding her brain that her left arm and leg still exist and it is supposed to stimulate the neural pathways back and forth between the brain and the left side of her body. She has a few sessions left and then will be off for six weeks while she recovers from surgery. I don't think she'll mind the break.
I guess that's about it. Oh: Joanne is sleeping a little better and waking up less. She is on a couple of medications that are really working for her pain. I can't imagine being in the pain that she is in every day. It is a constant thing. Or at least it has been until we got these meds going.
BTW, Joanne will be watching a LOT of movies while recovering, so if you have suggestions, please send them her way.
Please pray that the surgery goes well and that we can figure out how to manage around the house.