kaffyr: A typical day in the BSG!verse (Frakkin' Watchtower)
kaffyr ([personal profile] kaffyr) wrote2013-04-23 11:41 am

Dept. of Just Keep Swimming


People of greater faith than I am blessed with, at least of the Byzantine Monotheistic variety, are wont to say god never gives you more than you can deal with. This, of course (I am thinking today), is nonsense.

Although the sun is shining, I'm feeling rather down. Mum is still in a great deal of pain, not only from the surgery, but because lying in bed is physical agony for her right now even without the surgical pain; her tailbone has been damaged enough by many falls that the nerves around it  are permanently overstimulated. In short, she can't get comfortable. Her medical team is not providing her enough pain killer, largely because they don't realize that. I'm going to try to tell them today. 

Yesterday, she was not as lucid as she'd been the previous day. The pain played into it, but I am realizing that her mental clarity has retreated at least semi-permanently.  The confusion in her eyes kills me.

And today I got a call from my FB. He's having serious difficulties in school as the semester is ending, and was seeking support and advice. I tried to give both long distance - omigod, is Google video hangout helpful - but when I signed off from him, and after I looked over the latest emails dealing with union stuff at work, I just felt like I wanted to climb into the computer permanently. Gah.

BUT. BUT.  There have been good things; Mum finally passed a particular abdominal milestone that should allow her to eat some solids (she is already up to milk, tea, and soup, which was a big step Sunday evening). During her strongest period yesterday, she was also able to get off the bed with some help, and move her body over to a chair. But she could only sit up for six or seven minutes, and once she was back in the bed, her pain increased and her clarity decreas--shut UP !! Focus on the positive!!!


Oh, and here's a picture of my good friend Al.  photo 20130422_165427_zps3ffab414.jpg

We had a good two hours together yesterday afternoon, catching up and talking about medical systems and journalism (he's a writer who got his start in newspapers.) Since I had felt bad about drifting away from him, this was a good thing. So there you go. And I'm going to chat with BB now, about FB's woes. Wish me luck. Or provide free advice, I'm partial to free advice. Heh.

kerravonsen: Gregory House: Endure (endure)

[personal profile] kerravonsen 2013-04-24 07:05 pm (UTC)(link)

You CAN endure because you ARE enduring, right now this minute.

[identity profile] maruad.livejournal.com 2013-04-23 06:09 pm (UTC)(link)
You have my sympathy. I know what it is like and I sincerely wish you the best though I realize that the best in some situations is still not very good at all. Hang in there kid.

[identity profile] earlgreytea68.livejournal.com 2013-04-23 06:29 pm (UTC)(link)
Good luck. And ::hugs::
thisbluespirit: (dw - amy)

[personal profile] thisbluespirit 2013-04-23 07:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Well, good luck, then. ♥
laurel: Picture of Laurel with Garibaldi cardboard standup (hang in there)

[personal profile] laurel 2013-04-23 08:41 pm (UTC)(link)
Hang in there. And hey-- if you need to vent about the negatives, there's nothing wrong with that. This is tough stuff even when there is good in the mix (and even tougher when there isn't so much).

Pain management is so tricky and that tailbone stuff sounds really unpleasant and tricky to manage. Here's hoping they can do something to make her more comfortable.

Good that you got to reconnect with a friend. And I see from another comment that your mother is doing better today so that's excellent.

[identity profile] green-maia.livejournal.com 2013-04-23 11:49 pm (UTC)(link)
*Hugs you*

[identity profile] a-phoenixdragon.livejournal.com 2013-04-23 11:57 pm (UTC)(link)
*hugs you close*

Best advice I can give? Deep breath, hang on and keep talking it out, sweetie. Make time for you, don't feel guilty about it. Give and receive lots of love...


[identity profile] time-converges.livejournal.com 2013-04-24 01:25 am (UTC)(link)
Managing hospital/health care for a loved one is so stressful. I'm so sorry you're having to deal with all this! *hugs* The only advice I can offer is to take care of yourself too, so that you can take care of everyone else. And breathe. :)

[identity profile] mack-the-spoon.livejournal.com 2013-04-24 04:05 am (UTC)(link)
Many hugs, and your family is still in my thoughts and prayers.

(Also, from my understanding, people who say "God never gives you more than you can handle" are reading it wrong - that passage is supposed to be about temptation, not about hardships. FWIW.)

[identity profile] mack-the-spoon.livejournal.com 2013-04-25 04:43 am (UTC)(link)
You're very welcome.

As to the second part - no, I definitely don't think it's *your* fault; I know many, many Christians who use that passage as if it's about trouble, but IMO they're using it wrong (and it bothers me because it seems to imply that if you feel totally overwhelmed you don't have enough faith, which, ugh).

[identity profile] aililinnea.livejournal.com 2013-04-25 12:56 am (UTC)(link)
Just more hugs.