The lab report at her kidney doctor was revealing. He believes that the medication she has been taking for high blood pressure has caused an excessive amount of potassium in her body. He has taken her off this medication, and prescribed a new medication as well as a large bottle of liquid medication to bring the protein level down. Unfortunately, I was not given a paper about the medication and how to administer it. It called for tools I do not have.
I called Bonnie Patch Bender to get help. She brought me a syringe with the measurements on it. A syringe is a tube with a nozzle and piston or bulb for sucking in and ejecting liquid in a thin stream, used for cleaning wounds or body cavities, or fitted with a hollow needle for injecting or withdrawing fluids.
I wasn't sure how this medicine would go well with Melvine. I got the right amount for one day's dosage. She will have to take it for four days. I asked her how it tasted. She said, "Like shoe polish smells." I think I will taste a tiny drop of it for my experience. I have often said, "Doctors should be made to drink or take the medicine they prescribe for their patients." I am not sure that is realistic.
I took Melvine to her pain management doctor. The wait time was unusually long. She finally saw her physician and he asked her, she said, about the chemotherapy and the medications she was taking. I had prepared a new listing of Melvine's prescriptions, but I ran out of copying paper. I have plenty, but couldn't find it in time. I had to get out of the house and get on the way. We were on time.
After her appointment we walked to our car. She had to walk up an incline that took effort. She was tired and found it hard to walk and breathe. However, she made it. She didn't feel she could go to a restaurant. So, I suggested that we go through the drive-thru at Steak 'n Shake that was near the doctor's office.
I will not recommend that for the future. It took a long time before I could place my order, and more time to pay for the food, and get our order. We got the Steak Burger with fries and a diet coke. We ate the fries on the way home. I like fries when they are hot. When they are cold, I will leave them alone.''
We came home and watched some of the funeral for President George H. W. Bush. We had seen some before we left, and heard it on radio. Melvine loves history and special events like the impressive funeral service of our former president.
Melvine really needs to take a nap during the day, but fights it. I believe she will do better with that nap in the afternoon.
Something has upset Melvine's stomach. Wednesday night she had to go to the bathroom several times.
I got her to take an extra pill of her pain medication in the afternoon. The oncologist doesn't want Melvine to hurt, I am allowed to give her another pill if she needs it. Bonnie Patch Bender has helped me to convince Melvine it is alright to do so.
When we got home from our trip to the doctor and getting something to eat, I listened to the voice mail. I was so blessed by the message that was left by Maria Valez, executive secretary to Bishop Garry Bryant, the Executive Director of Evangelism USA. Her lovely voice brought cheer, love, and optimism. She let us know
she prays every day for Melvine and me. I had to call her and thank her for such a wonderful gift she gave us by calling.
Thursday will be a down day, I hope. By that, I mean a day of leisure and not hurry to go anywhere.
On Friday, Melvine will have another chemotherapy. Bonnie Bender will not be able to be with us. However, Jeanette Herndon Phillips has volunteered to meet us that at the Cancer Clinic to help us. What a blessing she is to us. She is always eager and ready to help.
Please continue to pray for Melvine and me. I need prayer. I am overwhelmed with all I need to do and must do to help Melvine. However, I am learning fast, and God is giving me wisdom, strength and energy.
I will have to get the cables replaced on the brakes of my walker. Both ends of the cables had broken. I will have to order the cables and get George Chassevent to install them. He can fix any thing. He is a mechanical genius and a very special friend.
Our birthdays are this month. My birthday is December 15, and Melvine's is the next day, December 16. I will be 86 and Melvine will be 84.
Our mailing address is:
Hugh & Melvine Morgan
17 Sweet Apple Lane
Winder, GA 30680
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