Monday, January 23, 2017

Help!  I’ve Fallen, and I Can’t Get Up!

I haven’t felt like writing anything lately. There has been so much “news” on the TV and Radio, I’ve been doing a lot of listening instead.

I have never told my readers the reason why I have so much time on my hands to be able to write this blog again. It’s because I have nothing but time. I have been diagnosed with a very serious liver disease, that may or may not improve. When I was first diagnosed, I was considered “end stage,” but there has been some improvement. On top of that, I fell down the stairs to the basement laundry room and fractured my tail bone. The fall also caused nerve damage in one foot.

The medication that I was taking at the time of my fall, was for my illness; but, it made me very weak and slightly dizzy. I lost my balance climbing the stairs and since there is no handrail to grab onto, I fell down the stairs to a concrete floor. I was unable to move for about 20 minutes, it was February, and I was exposed to the weather. I didn’t have my cell phone with me, so I was on my own. Great! I was finally able to turn over and get on my knees, but it was awhile before I could stand up. I made it back upstairs and I thought I was going to be okay, but within two days, my legs were paralyzed! The EMTs had to carry me down four flights of stairs to the ambulance. I was in the hospital for a week and then they transferred me to a rehab facility and I was there for three weeks. By the time I went home, I was able to walk with a walker, and then I graduated to a cane! They sent me home with two different opioid pain killers and after those were gone, I realized I wasn’t doing as well as I thought—I just didn’t feel the pain.

It didn’t take long and I was in constant pain, and only comfortable when lying in bed. I sleep a lot, but the sleep is good for healing. My doctor finally hooked me up with a pain management specialist. The pain meds make everything better, including my mood, but now, I’m dependent on the pain meds. I can see why people get hooked, because after a while, the pain is so unbearable, you’ll do just about anything to make it stop.

I have switched to a diet that is 95% organic and it seems to be helping. I’m also taking every possible supplement that is made for liver health. My doctors feel that my diet has been the greatest contributor to the improvement of my condition and now they are hopeful I will be able to improve more and more over time—a very long time, it seems.

It has been three years since I fell down the stairs, but the injury is still very debilitating. My liver doesn’t function properly and I accumulate blood serum fluid in my abdomen. That becomes very heavy and causes pressure on my back. Every couple of months I have to go into the hospital and have the fluid tapped off with a giant needle—like they use to do an amniocentesis. If it is done properly, by an experienced doctor, it doesn’t hurt except when they insert the needle. Unfortunately, my hospital is a teaching hospital, so I don’t always get someone as skilled as they will be someday with more experience. So, I’m beginning to dread the procedure.

Using the cane definitely helps with my balance, and I always take it if I know I will have to ride on the Subway, as it assures me a seat. Ha-ha. But it is unwieldy when trying to carry bags of groceries back home; and since I’m eating organic, I have to shop and then cook. In NYC, we mostly walk everywhere and carry everything. I always have to remember that, whatever I buy, still has to be carried up to my apartment—and with one hand—because I need the other hand to hold the handrail and pull myself up the stairs. Luckily, there are some very nice people living in my building and, even though they don’t know me, they offer to carry my bags since they are going upstairs anyway. They are helping me more than they know. There are only so many ways you can say “thank you,” so I hope they know how much I appreciate it.

But, that’s enough about depressing stuff.

My next post is interesting. I’m working on it, so check back tomorrow. I’m also working on a post about this week’s Celebrity Apprentice–Week Four.

Thanks again for being a reader!!





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