Wednesday, August 11, 2010


I could have come up with a more clever sounding title to this blog post.  But with every thing going on and the fact that I got no sleep last night, my brain is mush.

Honey had surgery today to replace the spinal cord stimulator unit in his back because the battery went dead.  He was in an accident four years ago, and as a result of his injuries he developed chronic regional pain syndrome.  It is amazing what modern medicine has come up with to help people with pain issues.  We were so thankful that this was available, because my husband did not want to become dependent on drugs.  Besides, the pain medication that he was given was wreaking havoc on his stomach.  It was scary to have this machine implanted into his back at first.  But given the option of living with chronic pain or the possibility of becoming addicted to pain meds, well, there were no other options.  He tried everything known to man at first before going under the knife.  In fact I believe that this is more or less a last resort, because of the invasiveness and expense of this procedure.  If you would like more info, you may leave a comment or click on the links.

The surgery was relatively short compared to when it was first implanted.  He was so funny when he was first coming out of anesthesia.  I wish I had a video camera.  He was in another universe.;-)  Now he is crashed on the couch and sore.  Hopefully in a couple of days, he will be feeling better.

My dad is in the hospital.  He had fluid in his abdomen, and the doctors drew almost a gallon out!  One surgeon said the cancer had spread to his abdomen according to the CAT scans, but his lung specialist wasn't so sure.  So he testing the fluid for cancer cells.  Please pray that it is negative.

My dad did sleep better last night than he has in weeks and he ate a good breakfast this morning.  But he couldn't eat anything else the rest of the day.  But, if I ate as much as he did this morning, I probably would not be hungry either.  We have definitely lived a roller coaster life the past few weeks.

I'll be nursing Honey back to health and seeing my dad in the hospital and helping out with my handicapped brother tomorrow.  So it will be a busy time.

It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.

                                                                                     Mahatma Gandhi


  1. You have got a full hands for sure, Pam. Is your father getting help from hospice yet? I have thought of you a lot. I do pray that you will have comfort and strength to do it all. Glad your husband is recovering and hope that he will bounce right back. Try to look for the silver linings....

  2. Thank you, Gnee, for the kind words and prayers. We have not contacted Hospice yet, but we will soon. The Dr. has already said that chemo and radiation is not an option. We want more than anything for him to be comfortable and at peace. I'll be writing updates from time to time to keep family members informed. Thanks again for thinking of me and my family.

  3. Our health is precious, isn't it? I pray all goes well for your husband and your dad. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment on my blog. Saw on your profile that "To Kill A Mockingbird" is one of your favorite books. Mine, too!