Not a planned scenario or venue for this normally festive and romantic day but one of great necessity this year!
Since the end of January Brenda has been on various anti-biotics, steroids, and inhalers as she has been finding it hard to breathe. Finally after a semi sleepless night, by midday she had had enough and we drive into Cortez for a visit to the ER …… and yes, it is Valentine’s Day.
No sooner in the hospital and they rush her into the ER and some high speed work begins with doctors and nurses plugging her in to all manner of monitors and electrical devices.
More and more cables are connected and very soon she is looking like a human generator. First dose of nebulizers are smoking away as the mobile x-ray machine and team arrive.
With initial diagnostics complete, an armful of blood taken, the wait begins as more and more specialists arrive and depart with their findings.
More Doctors and equipment, best guess scenarios, and more nebulizers as we await the x-ray results. All good on the x-rays and now a steroid drip goes in while yet another nebulizer gets sucked .
Senior nurse returns and says its most likely COPD which really doesn’t come as any big surprise although she did give up smoking 3 years ago. He also states ” these steroids can kick in and YOU might fly off the handle over nothing!”
With breathing restored, panic over, and after 4 hours of excellent care and medicine we are free to go.
Drip complete they cut Brenda free and we are out and on the way home, Cards and Flowers yes, but NO chocolates as Brenda is now on a low sugar intake and I’m on Nutrisystem.
Well no chocolates anyway.
A lack luster pool session on Saturday and home we go and settle down to the roaring log fire …….. when suddenly those steroids kick in and I’m accused of everything in the LOG department and its MY fault for making her cough as I’m deliberately using the wrong wood!!!!!!!
FIREWOOD , firewood , firewood!!!!!
Well, at least I was warned, so ………….
Follow the Doctor’s advice