Wow! I haven't blogged since February!
As you know, 2016 had a rough ending with my mother passing away and the loss of my two cats. I went into a deep depression and pretty much gave up on everything.
I quit eating right and exercising - just stayed alone and felt sorry for myself. I got weaker and weaker and had trouble doing anything.
I finally made a doctor's appointment for the beginning of April, she listened to my heart and sent me directly to the hospital. I was diagnosed with A-Fib and admitted to the Cardiac Care Unit. The doctors tried three times to shock my heart back to a regular rhythm but nothing worked. They tried different medicines and I had problems with them. So, I guess, I'm still in A-Fib but it really doesn't seem to bother me except for quickly tiring.
I left the hospital and stayed with my brother for a few weeks but got sick and ended up back at the hospital for another stay. I had not been walking and my left knee "quit" - I could barely stand let alone walk so I went into a nursing home rehab unit. I had a heart attack while I was there so it was back to the hospital. I had also developed the infection C-Dif while I was in the nursing home and it moved to my brain. I don't remember much because I was unconscious most of that stay. I do know I was in isolation within intensive cardiac care. I finally woke up on the sixth day. I went back to the nursing home from there and finally came home on August 30.
I have 3 wonderful caregivers, Shelly, Linda, and Kari, who have become valued friends. Someone was with me all the time the first month but I stay alone at night now. I have a med-alert so I can call for help if needed. The physical therapist came to the house twice a week but that ended on Wednesday. The visiting nurse still comes once a week. Shelly, Linda, or Kari comes in at 9 in the morning and stays till around 3 when the "second shift" comes in and stays until 9 or 10.
I drove for the first time in 8 months the other day. It was just a quick trip to take Linda to the store but I did it! I'm going Christmas shopping with Kari tomorrow but she's driving. We've also decided to use the wheelchair because I can only stand a little while and get tired so easily.
2017 is ending on a happier note. I am feeling better and things are gradually returning to "normal."
Best of all, my nephew has moved his family back to Ohio from California and I get to see the kids now!
Cash will be five two days before Christmas. He recently had breakfast with Santa.
His little sister, California Grace (Cali for short) was born October 29. She's a sweetheart although Cash says all she does is sleep, cry, eat, poop, and pee.