Monday, May 26, 2008

The Ugly, The Bad, and The Good

Yes, I reversed the order of that famous phrase because I want to end on something good!

The Ugly
These diseases that Glenn and I have. I don't understand, but, we just cannot kick them. I'm not hacking anymore, so, it appears as if the bronchitis is gone, but, 6 days into a 7 day course of strong antibiotics and I can still feel fluid in my lungs with every breath I take, I still wheeze when I'm laying down, and I still have a nasty sinus infection. Glenn's lungs appear to be clear, but, he has a terrible cough and cold and was even running a fever last night. We're staying home on this absolutely beautiful Memorial Day because we just really need to rest, but, I've got all of the windows open and I'm washing all of our bedding - anything else I can do to try to get rid of these diseases for good??

The Bad
Are all dads as stubborn as mine? Apparently, my dad has been having chest pains for weeks but didn't say anything because he wanted to get through Memorial Day (he's a parade organizer in my hometown)! Well, they got to be too much Saturday night, so, off to the hospital we all went. I think the North Jersey hospital system is going to start rolling out a red carpet for us as we seem to be frequenting them at a ridiculously high rate. The good news is that all tests came back showing that he didn't have a heart attack (my dad had triple bypass 26 years ago and had a couple of stents put in 2 years ago) but they want to do an angiogram to look for more blockages. Because of the holiday, they won't do it until tomorrow and he really is feeling OK and under the right care, but, jeez, another scare for our family. And, Glenn and I can't even go see him because of the aforementioned diseases.

The Good
Yes, I have good news - no, wonderful news to report! My mother has been approved to be placed on the kidney transplant list! She's been doing dialysis 3x a week for the last year and a half and had to meet some milestones before being allowed onto the list, but, she has done that and, as of Friday, is officially on the list! I'm not sure where we're going from here, in terms of testing family members, but, the important thing is that she is on the list and we can move forward from here!


Christi said...

I am so sorry that you are both feeling so sick still. But, I am glad to hear that your father did not have a heart attack and that your mom is on the transplant list!! sending you ((HUGS)) - you've got a ton going on, keeping you in my thoughts! GET BETTER ASAP!!

Steph said...

Thank you for the comment on my blog! I am so sorry to hear of your family's scare. Getting a call like that can definitely be scary! However, on the plus side, it is amazing news that your Mom was placed on a transplant list!! I will keep your family in our prayers!!

Dagny said...

Sorry you are still sick.

Glad your Dad is ok.

And Horray for your Mom!!! That is great. My Dad's kidney's went to a man that had been on dialysis for 25 years...I think about him a lot, and hope he is doing well.


Wishing 4 One said...

So sorry about not feeling better, hopefully very soon. WONDERFUL news on your mom, and great that dad did not have a heart attack. Sending you good thoughts and hugs....

Jennifer said...

Sorry to hear that you and your hubby aren't feeling well. Hopefully the nice weather will get rid of what you have.

I'm also very happy for your mom. I work for the organ procurement organization in Maryland. We facilate all organ and tissue donations and transplantations in the state and I get to see everyday the impact of organ and tissue donation. I hope your mom doesn't have a long wait.

Stacie said...

Wow, that is a lot going on with you and your family! You must be an incredibly strong person.

Hope you are feeling better soon.

And lastly, great news that your dad is okay and your mom is on the transplant list! May they both continue the good fortune trend!

P.S. Thanks for visiting my blog!

VA Blondie said...

I am sorry you are feeling sick still. It can be miserable to feel sick when the weather is warm. That is great news about your mother getting on the transplant list.

I will hold you in my thoughts and prayers.