Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Pain From Shingles

Wilma is in week 7 of Shingles symptoms. Can't enjoy the beautiful weather we are having here in Florida, can't even attend any function. Energy level is at an all time low.

She wanted so badly to get away for a while and go for a ride. We chose to go to the new Dollar General store that was built this past summer. She managed to walk about half the isles, which is not her style. Normally she would walk every isle and look at every item. For those who have been to Dollar General stores, you know they are not huge stores. We left with a few items and drove back home, where she sat and tried to gain her strength back. But it didn't happen. Yesterday evening was very bad with nerve pain in her left side. The same pain area since the start of Shingles 7 weeks ago last Monday.
Resting after our trip to Dollar General.

I thought I was taking good care of her in her time of need, but I may have failed. She was given several RX's to take for the shingles. One of them was Gabapentin to be taken nightly before bed. When the pain subsided she would not take it because of some of the side effects.
Yesterday she was notified by CVS that her RX was ready for pick up. Huh?? She called CVS, was told Gabapentin was ready for pick up, she cancelled the order as it was in Michigan and we are in Florida.

This made me start thinking more about this drug. Why did the Dr. set up another order of Gabapentin? So this morning I was on the Web checking out further about the drugs prescribed for Shingles. Gabapentin was one of them to stop nerve pain, which we knew.

My thoughts now are that she needs to take the Gabapentin every evening even if the pain is decreased. If the side affects become too severe then a call the our Dr. will be placed.

We surely do not want another evening and night like last night! Way too much pain for her to endure.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.





Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas

Wilma and I would like to wish all those reading, a Very Merry Christmas. It's still hard to adjust that this is indeed Christmas morning. Growing up in Michigan, we always had a cold, sometimes snowy Christmas. But here in Florida, it's very different.
Detroit area weather this week.
Our weather here in Florida this week.

All things change as life goes on. Some for the better, some worse but all will be accepted. The little "kid" in me still yearns for the early years when I would jump out of bed on Christmas morning, run into the living room and wait for mom to hand us our presents. Earlier this month we celebrated Christmas with our family, enjoying watching our daughters and grand kids open their gifts with excitement.Today we enjoy the warm weather of sunny Florida and our winter family here at the RV park. 

Merry Christmas to all! And don't forget the "real" meaning of Christmas.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Home For The Winter

We arrived safe and sound after a 5 day trip here. Usually it takes 3 days to arrive, but with Wilma fighting symptoms of the Shingles, and other problems that arose, we took it slower to her benefit.
The first day we arrived, Florida had a record high temperature hitting 92F. Had to turn the AC on to keep us cooled down a bit as our blood is not thinned out enough as of yet.

Yesterday I took Wilma to an out patient center. She saw a Dr. that prescribed an RX to take care of symptoms that started while on our trip here. The Shingles pain seems to be letting up and she is only taking 1 pain pill a day instead of every 6 hours. Also the RX the Dr. prescribed yesterday has already helped her with the other problem. Thank God and to all those who have been adding her to their prayers.

The weather is just beautiful for the near future. 
Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Snowbird Trip Begins

We left at 9am Wednesday. Temps were 13F and breezy. Our plan for the day was the usual first stop just north of Lexington KY. at the Horsepark Campground. It was an 8 hour drive, checking in at 5pm with a Veteran's discount it cost us $23 for the night.
Wilma was exhausted and in pain when we arrived. She had taken her pain pills and went to bed by 6:30pm for the night. This 8 hour ride proved it was too long for her with the Shingles pain.

She woke up in the middle of the night needing another pain pill. Thursday morning she felt better after a restless night. We pulled out and she mentioned she felt well enough to stop at Cracker Barrel for a brunch, which we did. Had a wonderful "dinner at noon" with our "chicken fried chicken" plate. Wilma had a small piece of chicken left over that Kybee enjoyed before hitting the highway.

Usually our plan would be to stop just after crossing over the Tennessee/Georgia state line, but that would be another 8 hour drive. I wasn't going to put Wilma through another night like last night, so plans were changed.

After 5 hours of driving we were between Knoxville and Chattanooga Tennessee. We saw a KOA sign and chose to take a chance and stay here. Usually I don't care for KOA campgrounds because most of them were built when RV's were much smaller. But we were pleasantly surprised with this choice. We spent Thursday night at Sweetwater, Tennessee KOA had a full hook up, pull thru almost perfect level site. Very nice campground abit pricey like most KOA campgrounds at $42. We will keep this location for future stops if needed.

Today with a 5 hour limit drive we should be somewhere south of Atlanta, GA. Not looking forward to Atlanta with it's 24/7 "rush hour"! 😓 But taking the route Garmin chooses, and taking it slowly we should be alright.

Until next time be safe and God Bless.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

We Have Been Dumped On

Ok, I live in Michigan, and there used to be a saying on our Plates "Michigan Winter Wonderland". Although to some a fresh blanket of snow looks beautiful. But a blanket of glistening snow in the sunlight is NOT what we just got. Nope, we received a wet, heavy, 8" of snow.
We have been wanting to head to Florida shortly so there was not only the sidewalks and drive to snowblow but also in front of the 5th. wheel.
Even with the 4 wheel drive engaged, I don't believe the truck would be able to handle hitching up and pulling out of our yard. But now that the snow has been removed there should be no problem encountered.

In the next few days we are going to get a wintery blast of cold. Any moisture still on the roads from the salting of snow, will freeze for sure making travel very dangerous.
Compare MI weather with FL weather.

Last minute items will be loaded in the 5'ver today, waiting for the hitch up very soon.

Hopefully I won't see anymore snow fall this season and if I do
For those who know us, we have Kybee our Pug. Poor little guy is starting to show his age of 12 years but I would never do anything like this to him. Even if it is "the season".

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Friday, December 9, 2016

A Blessing In Disguise?

Before Wilma came down with Shingles 4 weeks ago, we had planned on leaving on our trip to Florida yesterday. We would have left around 8:30am taking I-94 West to M-23 South. That would have put us very close to where the major accident happened on I-96 West, which is just about 15 miles north of where we would have been.
This is what we would have run into. Well, maybe not as bad as this photo of the "snow white out" but very close.





It was a miracle, looking at these photo's, that only 3 persons died in this 40+ car and truck pile up. 

Each day, Wilma is getting just a little back to normal. The severe pain every day for the past 4 weeks has really taken a toll on her. Now adding to the pain, she is getting depressed. She wants to be heading for Florida, but knows she just wouldn't be able to make the ride with the way she is feeling. 

This morning the weather forcast is for a major snowstorm to hit our area Saturday night into Sunday. They are calling for 4-6 inches of snowfall by Sunday evening. 
So, until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Medical Alert Stops Snowbird Flight

As of today, our expected "Snowbird Flight" was scheduled for December 7th. But we have no possible way of leaving as of yet.

A couple weeks ago, Wilma began having severe hip pain. It became so severe that she was taken to the Emergency Room for treatment. After a day and a half in the Hospital she was diagnosed with an inflamed intestine, I believe it is called Diverticulitis. She was released with 3 different types of medications to take to clear up the condition.

A week later we were in to see our Primary Care Doctor. The hip pain had increased, so much so that it was getting impossible for her to sleep. We noticed a few spots formed on her lower back just above her left hip where all the pain was originating. The Dr. diagnosed it as Shingles.
The Dr. has prescribed her to take an Antiviral medication, plus two types of pain medications. The medications seem to relieve "some" of the severe hip pain, but at times it's so bad that we have discussed returning her to the Emergency Room possibly for hospitalization and treatment.

We have heard that Shingles comes with a skin sensitive, severe burning rash and blisters. So far she has not experienced that. Her blisters are skin sensitive with minor burning. The severe hip joint pain is the worst. There is no doubt that she is in more hip pain than I had with both of my hip replacements.

Seeing her go through this has jolted me into getting the Shingles Vaccine shot. Maybe, just maybe it will spare me of having to go through this terrible disease. For those persons, especially over the age of 60, I would strongly recommend getting the vaccine. Just hearing about people who have experienced Shingles is not as scary as actually seeing one suffer through it. Especially a loved one.

We ask for your prayers in a speedy recovery for Wilma, with no lingering pain.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.