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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Update on Brian

Well we still don't know why my husband was so ill. We do know that his liver function was WAY out of the normal range and that it is still outside of normal functioning range but that he is no longer yellow and can now function like a mostly normal human being... being that he's never been a 'normal' human being that's about 90% healthy again.
I ended up taking him to see my Naturopath and Brian had 2 intravenous therapy treatments with high levels of vitamins and minerals as well as I.V. fluids pumped right into his veins. Each time he had that done I noticed a major difference within 24 hours. I think it really helped. Thank goodness for mt N.D.
After finding out that he didn't have Hepatitis A, B, or C his doctor tested him for various strains of Mono... all negative. So here we sit with him feeling mostly better and still no answers. Its frustrating to not know why he was sick but at least he's mostly mended. However, should his liver function levels not return to normal quickly we'll have to do some more investigating. There's no way I want him to be THAT sick again anytime soon. Which if his levels remain high is a possibility. Here's hoping his tests show normal liver function in 2 weeks time.
Just thought I'd post the update for those interested. Fingers crossed that the next tests will all be normal or as close to it as Brian can be, in 2 weeks.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sickness sucks!

OK I've had enough.
The kids have been taking turns all cold and flu season being sick. I've had my fair share of stuffy noses and achy bones... now my hubby might have Hepatitis A! Which by all accounts could take him weeks if not months to get better from.
Between the kids being sick all winter and not sleeping at the best of times I'm beat. Now with Brian sick he can't even help out really. He usually is my anchor and the lifesaver at the end of a busy day with the girls. He takes over and I get what needs to be done done and supper cooked and clean up and he usually does most of the night routine with the kids too... (I know I have it pretty good most of the time). Now I'm too tired to do any stuff beyond cleaning up after supper. I'm looking at 2 baskets of laundry that need folding and I know there's more in the drier and washer downstairs. I just can't bring myself to do it though. I feel guilty for feeling like this but I'm already feeling overwhelmed! Its only been a week!! I don't know how single parents do it on their own.
We spent the day at the hospital yesterday and still have no confirmed diagnosis but all signs are pointing to Hepatitis A! (That's to food borne version that you can get from contaminated food sources - so we'll NEVER know just where it came from.) He also has a urinary tract infection ON TOP of that! So NO WONDER he's been feeling so crappy! He's lost 12 lbs in less than a week and can't even stand the smell of MOST food. Tonight he said that supper smelled good during the moments it wasn't making him want to hurl. I know he's feeling awful and feeling guilty about being sick because he can't help out. He somehow thinks he should be able to beat this quickly and get back to himself. We have to look into possible short term disability insurance coverage and god knows how that will affect us financially but we'll get by somehow. We always figure out a way to do what needs to be done.
I just don't know how long this is going to last and I think that's the most discouraging part of the whole matter. We don't have confirmation that this is Hep A and we won't until mid week at the earliest. We don't know how long it will take for him to get over it either. I've read anywhere from 2 weeks to 9 months! Everything says that if an infected person doesn't take the time to get better the first time that it will not go away completely and they'll keep having recurring illness until they really take the time to get well. Honestly I don't know how anyone feeling as bad as Brian is could go to work and carry on a 'normal' routine with all of the busy-ness that occurs day to day. He can hardly keep his head up half the time let alone his body.
Alright I'm done venting but man can we catch a break please! I'm just glad that all 3 of them aren't sick at the same time. Maybe I've just jinxed myself but hopefully not. If I have I'll be calling in the troops again (thanks gramma 'Raine for coming to help out yesterday) for goodness knows how long.