First off - I do not have diabetes. I am still technically in the pre-diabetic range. It turns out that my hormone levels were way off due to my polycystic ovarian syndrome acting up. This was causing the headaches and general crappy feeling. I was put on a higher dose birth control (one with more estrogen) and I had to go in for one estrogen supplement shot. It was terrible! The shot made me nauseous, so I spent the majority of that day puking.
The doctor believes the hair loss is also from the hormone levels, but I do have a slight rash on my scalp now. Because of this, she wants me to see a dermatologist. My appointment isn't until the first week of May, so if things improve I can always cancel.
Dad had another set back. He went in for a test about two weeks ago and while waiting to go in, he began to throw up. Turns out he was throwing up stomach bile. Apparently the gall bladder died, so he ended up having emergency gall bladder surgery. The gall bladder was so bad that it was gangrenous. He was in the hospital for a week. The doctor says it was going bad for a while, but Dad never noticed the signs because of everything else that was going on.
Dad is now back at the rehab center. He feels much better, is eating more, and is making huge progress in therapy. I think the gall bladder issue was causing him a ton of problems that we didn't even know about. Since it is out, I see a huge improvement in him. According to rehab, they see him possibly going home in 3 weeks or so. He is already able to transfer from bed to chair and to the toilet. Things like that.
We know that he will go home with a walker for good days and a wheelchair for bad days. Now, my job is to make the apartment more accessible for him.
My first project - Get rid of the huge buffet in our dining room. It was an antique that my great-grandparents bought in the late 1890's. I held on to it for sentimental reasons, but really the thing was falling apart. Even after I tried to refinish it a few years ago, it kept getting more and more unstable. I didn't have the heart to get rid of dishes after Mom died, but there is a lot of stuff we don't use. My idea was to clean out some cabinets and then place my antique dishes (which were in the buffet) inside those cabinets.
I'm fairly certain my mother was a hoarder.
Notable finds: 1970's Tang pitcher, some really ugly glasses that apparently came out of dish detergent boxes in the 60's, lids that go to a pot set we owned about 10 years ago, 3 coffee cups with broken handles that someone tried to super glue, and more sets of glass glasses than any family of four could have possibly used.
|Lots of stuff!!!|
Once all of these things were out of the cabinet, I placed my antique dishes in their spots. I then had the fun task of getting the buffet out of the apartment. No one would help me. No one. I ended up putting this on some of those "moving men" things you can buy at Menard's and did it myself. It's a good thing I chose to get rid of it. The entire back part started cracking off about half way down the hall.
I did some moving around of furniture, and this is the finished product.
|The angle makes the space between the wall and table seem smaller than it is.|
The next thing will be figuring out the living room and my Dad's bedroom. Dad wants a twin size bed. He wants a smaller bed because he says the big bed is difficult for him to get in and out of. The nursing home wants him to have a hospital bed because he need a rail to help stand. Our co-pay on this will be very expensive. Buying a twin size bed and getting rails (like the one found here) would be much cheaper. I just need to make sure it will be approved by the people doing the home inspection before I buy it. We will also need to get a riser for the toilet and some bars.
Lots of work to do, but I will get there.