After being sick a week and being woken up multiple times a night from coughing fits (including an epic fit from 4 to nearly 6 am this morning that started the day very unpleasantly), I called the doc and got in this morning with one of his two nurse practitioners. I am sick with the start of bronchitis, the beginnings of what would be a severe right ear infection if left untreated another day or two, and a definite sinus infection. At least my fever was only 100.
So, I got a steroid shot in my right hip and a prescription for antibiotics. Been ordered to stay at home and take care of myself. Sandi has gone off to get my antibiotics for me so that I didn't have to go fool with it.
Long term, once I get over this, they want to do blood work on me and check some other stuff that any 51 year old male would have to do. Once that is done and they have a good idea of what my current medical situation the plan is to once again try to figure out what is wrong with me concerning the back and leg deal. After discussing my symptoms with that and the fact that it continues to spread to my right side, she agreed with me that most likely it is not sciatica and instead some sort of neurological disorder. The only good news in that is it appears, at this point, to most likely be something that is of a slow progressive nature and that means there might be some treatment that would hopefully stop the progression if not reverse things a bit.
She recognizes the problem I have if Sandi goes back into chemotherapy. Despite Kroger lies in the past regarding what he could do, Karl still remains unable to drive and most likely never will be able to do so. Scott probably could learn to drive and wants to do so, but drivers ed plus the insurance are both extremely expensive. So, that means it is only Sandi and I that can drive. If Sandi is back in chemotherapy and has the same issues she had before, it means she will not be able to drive at all. One of the side effects she has with the chemotherapy is that her vision goes completely away for days as a time. Basically, she can't see as everything becomes very blurry.
That means until we know what Sandi's status is regarding chemotherapy and what the plan is for her next surgery to try and get to the tumor, things with me have to take a backseat. Sandi is to see the cancer doctor tomorrow at three so hopefully after that we will have a better idea what the plan is going forward. She also has to do follow up appointments on the surgical procedures she had in recent weeks in the hospital. Procedures that have left her still in pain in several different places.
I had planned to be there tomorrow with her at the cancer doctor, as I have for all of her cancer doctor visits, but the risk to the other patients with me right now is way too high. Even trying to go with a surgical mask is impossible as such a mask restricts my already restricted breathing way too much. So, I am going to have to stay home instead of being there like I should be unless there is a major miracle over night tonight.
It is very frustrating as again and again, either my health and/or my own physical limitations, prevent me doing what I need to do for the family.