A Whiny Post Full Of Complaining

We’ve been home from UAB one week and this stupid PICC line isn’t working properly and I retract my previous rave review of this thing. Last Friday it came out of his arm and we had to go to the Emergency Room to have another one put in. Of course, this involved all sorts of drama with the Home Health Nurse trying to get someone at UAB to send orders to our local hospital; mind you, Friday was the beginning of Memorial Day weekend. Bless her heart, she persevered and got it done and we were only at the ER three hours, a record short visit for us.

But the big problem is that the container of antibiotics is not completely emptying over the 24 hr. period. I will not give all the details of this ongoing issue but just say that tomorrow the UAB Pharmacy is sending us a little portable pump that should fix the problem (famous last words).

In the meantime, we are concerned that Gorman cannot have the Avastin infusions until this infection is gone. We have surgery hanging over our heads if the infection doesn’t respond to the antibiotics. We have a check-up with Dr. Markert next Wednesday and, despite the fact that Gorman hasn’t been getting the full dose of antibiotics, we are hoping he will have improved enough to stop the talk of more surgery.

We are both so tired. Gorman can’t sleep on his right side because of the incision in his head and they have told him not to sleep on his left side because the PICC line is located there. So now he tries to sleep on his back all night. I challenge anyone to do that and get a good night’s sleep. If he’s not sleeping well, I’m not sleeping well. Plus the combination of infection and antibiotics causes him to feel crummy. The good news is that it’s 6:30 and time for a glass of wine.

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Posted on May 29, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Sheila Harriman

    Sounds like its time for Ambien…getting a good nights sleep will do wonders …

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. tommy and mel

    drats Beverly. if it helps any we love ya’ll and will continue to pray for you. : ) better days are ahead.

  3. Will be thinking of yall and hoping the new pump helps!

  4. so sorry to hear about this latest bump in the road. Prayers and love for both of you……………you probably need an earlier time for a glass of wine. love and hugs, Mary Ann and Rod

  5. so sorry to hear about this latest bump in the road. So good to see you both in church on Sunday. Prayers and love for both of you from both of us. You probably need an earlier time for a glass of wine!!!l love and hugs, Rod and Mary Ann

  6. Jimmy & Karen

    Good you shared with us!! So we can PRAY specifically: for the pump to work to treat the infection so no more surgery AND for you both to get some much needed sleep!! Hope this will bring you some peace!! AND why wait til 6:30 for that glass of wine?!
    Thinking of you both!! Karen & Jimmy

  7. You guys continue to be such warriors! All of a sudden my sore back from playing golf doesn’t seem so bad after all. Love to you both and the prayers will continue. Jim Z

  8. Michael D. Switzer

    Hello…..this is Michael Switzer. I used to work for Neel-Schaffer, and some of my former workmates added me to this list. I’ve been keeping up with your posts for several months now, and want you to know that my family and I are praying for you both. I have always respected Gorman….and wish you both the best. You both have come a long way…..he will be triumphant. Also, thank you for being so open with y our updates. Romans 8:28. God Bless.
    Michael

  9. God love you both! (And we know He does in spite of all the trouble y’all are having now!) Hopefully, the antibiotics will have successfully negated the infection and there will be no more talk of surgery. And I know you want to take your chemo again soon. You are in our prayers. May God bless you as you continue to serve Him throughout this trying ordeal. Lillajo

  10. HEY DEAR ONES,JUST READ COMMENT ABOVE AND SAID PERFECTLY. BOB AND I HAVE YOU SO IN HEARTS AND PRAYERS. SO HOPE REST AND GOOD NEWS IN MORNING. SUCH A HARD ROAD WITH SLEEPP, I KNOW, BUT WITHOUT REST HARD TO IMAGINE. WISH DR COULD GIVE A KNOCK OUT PILL! GOD BLESS YOU AND REMEMBER WE ALL HAVE OUR ARMS WRAPPED AROUND YOU TOO BY HIS SPIRIT. ELLEN AND BOB

  11. Well, you were two of our heroes before, and now you’re even more so — just like the Psalmists you’re courageous and faithful and also totally honest about troubles and tiredness. We are so sorry for these complications and the exhausting rounds with doctors and ERs and medicines. We are praying that the medicine will work exactly as it’s supposed to work and that you will get some much-needed and well-deserved blissful rest. Much love,
    gloria and jim

  12. Christine Gil

    You two have definitely earned the right to “whine and complain”! God Bless You!

    Christine and Bobby

  13. praying for rest – how important that is for both of you!! Indeed, those prayers will be answered. Hoping the next few days bring peace about all these medical challenges. Jann & George P.

  14. You two amaze me. With picc line breaking, emergency room visits, little sleep, all of the concerns around this illness you take time to write thank you notes. “You’re so easy to love!’ Beverly, your blog writings would make a very readable book. I so appreciate your honesty. Katchie

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