Coping with loss

Thankyou all for kind words and advice. I have managed to sleep in my bed despite being woken up by muscle spasm. It is rather painful getting out of bed but able to function enough to get breakfast after a rest in my chair.

My daughter has been wonderful sorting out most of my issues. The next issue is flashing red light on the dashboard water area. My husband always looked after water, oil! Tyre pressure and getting fuel. I will have to seek help from my garage man as I am hopeless at unscrewing caps on things, my mouthwash bottle top defeats me.

My INR has shot up to 4.9 on Friday! Another test on Wednesday, Appoint for a lung function test and another for the gall stones. I am being looked after by the nhs. Haematology telephone consultation was told my bloods are good and keep taking the pills. Just the rest of me falling apart. Pouring with rain outside, had to put the heating on as feeling chilly. Let’s hope for some sun tomorrow. Marylin

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Oh @Marylin firstly I am so glad that you put the heating on when you got a bit chilly, self care is so important and if I get cold I tense up which does not help my back.
I also feel as if I am falling apart at the moment, it is not a positive feeling is it.
Just keeping up to date and organised with NHS appointments I feel is a full time job, let alone anything else.
Then final straw time a pesky flashing light on the dashboard, I remember that happening to me when I was having a really stressful time and I just burst into floods of tears in the car. It turned out to be a light that only flashes when the outside temperature goes below 3 degrees.
It is my bleach tops which defeat me, especially as I would rather not end up with bleach everywhere. Even a ring topped chicken soup tin squirted all over me just as I got the lid finally off yesterday and yes, I did have a clean top on.
Please do keep posting how you really are doing and feeling on here, look after yourself I think that you are doing brilliantly xxxxx

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Erica I am so sorry you are falling apart too, it is so difficult to find motivation to do anything. I put the dog in the car and drove several hundred yards to the the green space on the estate. Pip didn’t seem to want to run about very far. So put her back in the car and drove back. After that effort I was exhausted. I feel ridiculous that just doing that will tire me out for the rest of the day.

My daughter bought some of those delicious M. & S profiteroles, I had two for my tea this evening, .not good for the diet but can’t resist that yummee salted caramel topping. Ultimate comfort food.

I feel I as if I should be weeping and wailing but all those emotions seems to be securely locked in and surrounded by tense muscle at the base of my spine. Somehow I have got to find the key to release it or I will be heading into a deep pain filled depression and no husband to chivvy me out of it. He was very good at identifying the approach of depression. I know everyone has a different way of grieving, I just can’t find mine but I will keep trying.
Marylin

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Oh @Marylin perhaps you cannot unlock or force grieving, as my son would say ‘it is what it is’ and unique to each person and sometimes not all about weeping and wailing.
I expect Pip is going through it too.
Do you feel a GP appointment might help you at all?
We are here for you perhaps, and it is so difficult for me to do, now is a time to ask for and accept help.
Sending lots of love xxxx

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Just when you think you have hit rock bottom and nothing else can go wrong,then it does. My 6’2” 52 year old little boy went to China on business on the way back from the funeral and ended up in a Chinese hospital with pneumonia. He has just managed to leave China for Auckland and then final flight to Christchurch. I suspect it is going to take him some time for him to get over the pneumonia or maybe it was the virus that the Chinese don’t mention.

INR. And blood pressure test tomorrow morning for me, it was 4.4 at the test on Wednesday. Then telephone consultation with gastric surgeons I think they want to get rid my. Gaul stones. I am not to sure about having any procedures at the moment but will be guided by them. Also have a lung function test in the near future.

The lovely chaps at the garage had a look to find the cause of flashing light, the diagnostic computer thought all ok but the chaps would like to do further tests at the end of the week.

It is the dogs turn next week. To have teeth cleaned and claws clipped. Hopefully Dog, car and myself will end up cleaned and cured. Oh I forgot to say I am having another visit to chiropractor on Thursday in the hope easing the block of pain in my lower back.

My daughter took me to a nursery on Saturday, I only took my rollator and could get very fa4 as in too great a pain. Will take mobility scooter next time. Did buy two pinks, they have such a lovely spiced perfume. Time for bed I suppose, the dog has disappeared so I expect she has taken herself to bed. Goodnight all, Marylin

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Oh @Marylin I am speechless, I just do not know how you are coping, but you are, I so admire you.
I think there is a difference between all the practical issues and the ones you are emotionally invested in.
For me those maternal feelings immediately kick in and then your son is so far away as well.
Yes, it will take him time to recover at least he is near Christchurch now.
I really hope the chiropractor can ease the block of your pain in your lower back.
Oh, I love pinks, the smell, and the pretty flowers.
Please do keep posting how the dog, car, your son and especially you are doing!!
Good night to you

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Idont think I am coping, I just manage to get d washed, dressed and a. Short walk before being assailed by another wave of fatigue. I exist on meals that are pre prepared by my carer and just need minutes in the microwave. I usually set myself one thing to achieve per day, such as getting the home insurance direct debit moved to my account.

I have been so successful in the dog Pips diet that she can now slip through the fence railings. Twice neighbours have brought her back from her wandering. My carer and I have tried to carry out temporary repairs until Monday when we can get some netting and cable ties. The vet should be pleased with her sylphlike outline though. The car is still in the garage being diagnosed. Not that feel much like driving at the moment.

The gastric consultant and I agreed that now was not the time for me to undergo any non emergency procedures. I just don’t feel up to it. My back has improved slightly after last visit to chiropractor. I am Having to carefully consider any bending and lifting activity. However I am still manage to raise my Sherry glass if I put it in a wine glass without spilling it. Cheers andgoodnight Marylin

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Oh, Morning @Marylin I am very impressed by newly sylphlike Pips adventures, but also more work and worries for you.
You still have a lot on your plate through.
Thank goodness for a sensible gastric consultant.
As you know I am not a medical person, but grief, loss, loneliness etc. I believe takes a tremendous emotional, psychological, physical, medical, practical and fatigue toll on a person and their body for as long as it takes.
It’s OK to just have the carers meals for as long as it takes.
Look how long it takes a car to be diagnosed, we are far more complex beings and we can’t just replace a part with a new one.
Perhaps just a 1/4 or 1/2 a task is enough.
I raise a mug of hot chocolate to you, good morning to you, I think you are doing brilliantly.
Sending you hugs xx

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Hi Marylin
Sorry to hear you are not feeling too great
PiP being an escape artist whilst good and agreeable for the vet sounds like hard work for you !
You have a lot going on and I think you are doing great, or as @Erica says brilliantly in fact
Take care , thinking of you x

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