Greetings in His matchless Name!
First, let me wish you a very blessed Christmas and a spiritually profitable New Year 2017!
Shirley is still in the nursing home. She has some O.K. days, and some really bad days. On her OK days she recognizes me and family members, and will answer direct questions. On the other days, she is lethargic, unresponsive and difficult to communicate with. Every day she has pain. At least 3 times a day the Polymyalgia pain gets severe and she instantly becomes unresponsive. When they give her pain meds it usually takes about 1/2 hour for them to kick in. She doesn't eat well. She cannot stand or walk. They use a lift machine to get her out of bed and into the wheel chair. They are warning me now that if she isn't more responsive to physical therapy that Medicare will bounce her out of the nursing home. I cannot handle her at home alone. That would mean a VERY EXPENSIVE alternative Home Care nursing program. She needs 24/7 care. I am applying for Medicaid, but I am not sure we will qualify. Since I own my home they say that is doubtful. I will fill out the paper work and wait on the Lord.
I suspect that she has had a stoke or other medical event that has changed everything so dramatically. I am asking for a neurologic study to determine if this is so. I am praying that with a proper diagnosis and treatment I can get Shirley back.
I am doing much better after 2 days in the hospital. I could not swallow without severe pain. The endoscopy showed that I had severe irritation and inflammation of the throat and esophagus as a result of continual vomiting. I was unable to eat anything or drink anything for an entire week. I lost 12 pounds (not the weight loss program I was hoping for). I am back to eating lightly, but I really have no appetite. I think this is as much emotional as it is physical. I miss Shirley sooooo much! The house is dead without her here. Although it was a daily challenge taking care of her the last 4 years, I would much prefer that to our present situation.
I am trying very hard to practice what I have preached over many years, i.e. to wait on the Lord and trust Him in this very difficult circumstance. We both need your prayers as the Lord lays you on your heart.
Sincerely in the Savior,
Pastor (e) Fedena