To those who don't know me, welcome to the group. I have been AWOL for a bit. Still breathing though, so that's a plus.
Dads continued on a downward spiral. In fact I am.sitting in the VA parking lot waiting for him to call me. Said he didn't need me to go in. Just needs dropped off and picked up. Lol. Just call me the chauffeur. Thankfully my sister works here and so i called her, and she will find dad and get him where he needs to be without him falling. Who knew men could be so vain. He refuses to use his walker except at home. Sigh.
So I have taken over caring for his garden, doing all cooking, cleaning, laundry etc. Which is ok, they are my parents and have often been there for me. However, it leaves no room for taking care of me.
A few weeks ago it was determined that i needed a procedure called closureFast. It's where they go in and literally burn a vein so blood flow will be directed to a healthier vein. It was the worse medical experience of my life. They don't put you in twilight sleep, or give you anything to help other than lidocaine in the vein before burning it. 9 times, thats how many times they had to stick me to get it in the right place. Once completed they had me get dressed while all 3 techs and doctor stood around. I sat down to go over home care and they bought the next patient into the room i was still in.
I was bruised from back of knee up to groin area. While the bruising has eased up - it's still very painful to the touch. Wearing jeans hurts, sitting too long hurts etc. Yet they are trying to tell me thats normal and next few weeks i should do the other leg. Umm.. nope! Not a chance.
You know we often take longer to recover. I am.just hoping this added pain isnt permanent. My primary doctor is supposed to be referring me to a different vein clinic.
This has been a tough year.
December 4th i am scheduled for knee replacement. November 10th i am heading to gulf coast for 11 days of rest. If our rental cabin is one of the ones that survived Harvey, that is.
Will check in when i can, in this chaotic life.