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It’s Decided

25 Aug

After talking with my hospice home health nurse, it’s decided that I’m going to get TPN, hydration, and IV antibiotics from my apartment when she visits in addition to the blood draws, physical therapy, and personal care help. I’ll also get remote monitoring of vital signs since I’m a “high hospitalization risk” patient or ‘client’…whatever they want to call me. Then, I’m also going to get a volunteer that comes out to help me with other things around the apartment and takes me to chemo and stuff. That will be much needed. It’s still a little embarrassing to me personally…just needing all of this extra help, but if it helps me get through this without having to move back home, so be it.

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Home Health Aide

10 Jul

I met my home health aide today. She’s going to come twice a week for now. She’ll do things like vitals and blood draws, helping me with personal hygiene stuff, maintaining my mobility and independence as much as possible with some exercises and stuff, pain management (super important), medication management, taking me to appointments, helping with food/nutritional needs, changing my bed sheets if I need her to…that one was a surprise, and keeping up with my medical record stuff so she can keep in contact with my onc. She seems really nice and I feel like I’ll enjoy spending time with her. Through the same program, they’re also offering me some other services like pastoral services, a physical therapist, their own social worker and patient advocate, a counselor, which I’ve been in need of even though I was turned off from the idea. I hope the counselor is good and that I click with them. I also hope they don’t try to give me any diagnosis of a problem that I don’t have like the last one who said she thought I had OCD. I swear I don’t…having some perfectionist tendencies does not make me have OCD. They offer some other stuff, too, but it was a lot to take in at once. Some other stuff is like bereavement and blah blah blah, but…yeah. I think I’ll benefit a lot from this extra help. It should hopefully keep me out of the hospital so often, goodness gracious! Ugh. And I think it will give my family some peace of mind knowing that there’s someone here to specifically help me.

Painsomnia

3 Jul

I’m up again at the butt-crack of dawn because I can’t sleep. Hospitals are awful for sleep, and pain is hard to sleep through. The sleeping meds wore off, and it’s about time for more pain meds…I can tell. I have a fever and my blood pressure is really low now, go figure. My O2 sats are low, too, so more oxygen for me. Can’t really leave until that’s under control…and until I go…who knows when that’ll be. The physical therapy lady should be coming in this morning and making me do some laps, which I’m actually not looking forward to even though I really do wanna get out of this bed. The list of things I can’t eat has gotten even longer, so I mostly just have a short list of things I can eat for now. It’s really just liquid things, so by eat, I mean drink or slurp or however I choose to ingest it. That’s about all for this morning report.