There’s a Bright Side

January 27, 2009 at 10:08 am 1 comment

When we went to Santa Barbara for the training by Dr. Simonton, Dan had to be discharged from the Home Health service here in this area in order to receive Home Health help down there.  We were told it would be a simple matter to reinstate Dan upon our return.  Well, think again.

First of all, the Dr.’s office did not follow through Friday.  As a result, we had no help for Dan’s wound care for 3 days.  But, maybe that’s a good thing…the trip home kept Dan immobile too long and the wound started getting infected again.  Because I took the time to clean it carefully those three nights, the infection is almost gone today.  So that’s the bright side. No one told us that when we reinstated Dan’s service, it would go from 7 days a week care to 3 days a week.  Frankly, I can’t bend over 1.5 – 2 hours changing the two bandages on Dan.

It turns out that the mixup with our health insurance was what changed the care schedule.  February 1st, we go back on Medicare…we think that will solve the problem.  What may also come out of this is that we may find a service that will do a better job of taking care of Dan.  The third good thing is that we are really learning that if we know the laws  AND be our own advocate for our care, Dan will get better care.  Meanwhile, I’m looking for a good massage therapist to help the burning sensation in my upper back.                

I had to take a break.  It’s 1:41 a.m. now.  Two hours ago, Dan asked me to check his bandages.  The big one covering the mound on his right pelvis was saturated on one end; the tape was off on two sides.   The bright side is that I saw that the infection had started up again.  After cleaning the incision carefully, and building a new bandage, I gave Dan colloidal minerals in Xango juice to fight the infection.  Maybe there could be a 2nd bright side – if the girls here would quit making wonderful chocolate chip cookies, I’d lose some more weight!  ; > )  – I’m only 8 lbs. away from my goal weight. We could choose to be depressed that  we’re walking through a deep, dark valley…but God is guiding us, helping us.  We will make it through all these challenges.  Prayer changes things. — Anne and Dan


Beautiful Nature at La Casa de Maria

Beautiful Nature at La Casa de Maria


Dan's recliner & workstation at home

Dan's recliner & workstation at home


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Dottie  |  January 28, 2009 at 2:35 am

    I send you my love…and prayers…


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