Spoke to soon yesterday, problems with medication


Yesterday, was how can I say was stressful.  Apparently the medication that was given to Lauren for her pneumonia did have an interaction with her other meds.  Lauren was very sick during the night, throwing up after taking the second dose.  There is a big lesson here.

I let me guard down.  Over the years I have learned, Dr’s. are not always right.  The quote “medicine is a science”, keeps popping into my head.  What works for one person doesn’t always work for the next person.  Everyone is different.  Yes, you need to trust your Dr., but there is nothing wrong with questioning their decision.  Before Lauren took the antibiotic that was subscribed to her, I should have done a little more homework on the medication first.  After doing so, I found that it interacts with a couple of her medications that she is presently on.  One being one of her rejection meds.  Not good.

These are the medications that Lauren takes every day, so keeping track of them could be like a full-time job.  When a new medication is introduced into the list, homework is a must.

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Lauren has Dr.’s here in Chicopee and also in Boston.  So yesterday, we had them do a conference call to each other to decide what is the best solution on how combat the right medication to clear up the pneumonia.  The whole time in the back of my mind I kept saying (please, no admission in the hospital).   The decision was made, they prescribed her prednisone. Prednisone is a corticosteroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. It also suppresses the immune system.    Lauren was on that medication at the beginning after her transplant, so I knew that it would not interact with any of her other meds.  Prednisone is a very strong steroid.  They only prescribed it for 3 day.  It has some strong side effects.  One to mention is shakes.  So the sooner Lauren is done with it the better.

Now this is important, I need to share.

When we were speaking with her Dr. here in Chicopee yesterday morning, explaining how Lauren felt, and after I looked up interaction with the medication they prescribed this is what the Dr. said to us.  “What pharmacy did you go to, it should have come up in their system with all the medication you take”.  It was told to us, it is a two point system.  First one is what a Dr. prescribes, then the pharmacist is the second to check if this should be prescribed.  I guess it is a good system, but before taking any new medication, you should personally question everything.  Inside I feel like I let my daughter down.  Between the two of us, this will never happen again, God willing.

When you are prescribed any type of medication from your Dr., question it.  What works for one person may not work for you.  We are all individuals, no two people are alike.  Here’s another quick tip.  When you go to the Dr’s., they are on a time schedule by law.  For an office appointments they are only scheduled 15 minutes per patient.  That is what the insurance companies allow.  Don’t let a Dr. rush you if you have questions.  The insurance companies dictate to the medical community to some point how to run their practice.  Don’t let them rush you out if you feel confused or if you have questions.  Remember you are the important person in that room.  It’s all about you. Get the right facts and information.

Lynne  1437940979_love_valentines_day_11

Time to get in shape


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With summer coming to a close, my husband and I have decided it’s time to get healthier.

My husband came home from work the other day and said “either I lose weight or I need to buy bigger suits”.  I looked at him and started to laugh, and said you know what we need to do.

So together we are going to do this as a team.

I will post updates of the progress.

Lynne 1437940979_love_valentines_day_11

IT’S A NEW DAY


During my life, I have realized that every morning we are blessed to be able to start a new day. This morning, I woke up (that’s a blessing) made a coffee and said “It’s going to be a great day”.  I took some time to reflect on my life.  I live in a beautiful house, […]

The weekend is here !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Time to relax, with a big cold one.

About 3 months ago the weekend really didn’t mean that much to me.  You see, I stay at home taking care of my daughter.  Even though she is 25 years old, I am listed as her caretaker.  Lauren has a form of MD, so she still isn’t as strong as she used to be before her heart transplant. As a caregiver for Lauren, the weekends don’t mean anything to me.  That part of my life is the same no matter what day it is.

But, now this is a big but, the weekends do mean, take some time for myself.  Couple of months ago, my husband blatantly told me I am entitled to enjoy the weekends.  He has been telling me this for a while, but I finally listened to him.  In that content, to me it means….no laundry, no yard work, no mopping the floors, no ironing, anything that I can get done during the week when he is at work, so on the weekend we can relax together.  It was hard at the beginning, but I put a schedule together on certain days, all the choir are to be done.

I can honestly say, I am not the type of person who knows how to relax.  I always have to be doing something.  I always felt guilty if I was just chilling out.  I had to learn, I’m entitled to relax just like everyone else.

So, I learned how to do this. Now I can sit by the pool with my husband, or watch a movie on a lazy Saturday.

With that being said

Enjoy your WEEKEND

LYNNE

Friendships, old and new


Friendships……we all have them.  Some are close and some are distant.  Some are family members and some are people you haven never met face to face.

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When I think of all the friends I have, my mind thinks of everyone I care about.  I am blessed to be able to say that my husband IS my best friend.

I have 2 girlfriends that I have been friends with for over a decade.  We may not talk everyday or even for weeks, but I know they are there for me and I will always be there for them, no matter what.

My daughter, Lauren calls me her best friend.   We have been through much together.  Not only mother daughter stuff, but just hanging out together.  I feel we have a very special relationship.

Then I have special neighbors I call friends.  Again, I can say I am very blessed to live in the best neighborhood in the world.

And now I have many new friends, that I have met writing this blog.  I can honestly say I know people all over the world.

 When I meet  someone who has gone through some life experiences similar to mine, there is a bond we share.  Then a friendship begins.

In writing this post, I  would like to say, it really made me stop many times to   think of everyone I love, family and friends.  I would not be the person I am today without them.

Much Love, Lynne

Being totally exhausted


This is how I feel today….

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Have you ever felt this way?

I know that most of you answer yes to this.  It is normal, life is exhausting.  Being physical or emotional or at times just both.  Today, I’m emotionally exhausted.  The last couple of days did me in.

Sometimes I just sit back and think, oh you are stronger than this, hell you spent almost 2 years living in a hospital with your daughter.  Seeing my husband only on weekends, then dealing with watching my daughter at the beginning get weaker, then after the transplant watching her struggle to get better.

The nightmares do not go away, they fade, but they are always there.  Whenever Lauren has a procedure done, it takes so much out of me.  I say to myself, “I can’t do that again”, but if I needed to, I know I would be able to find the strength.

All the news was good, so it’s time to take a deep breath and take a little time for myself.  I think I only need an hour or two.  Maybe, I need to watch a good Life Time movie to relax.

All of our lives are different, some the same in ways and others totally different, but I do know we all get emotionally exhausted at times, no matter who we are.  And I guess that’s ok.

MAKE THE MOST OF TODAY AND TRY TO MAKE TOMORROW BETTER.

Thanks for listening

Lynne

It’s about nurturing,


After a month and a half of watering, weeding and pruning I finally picked my first tomato.  There are many to come, not ready yet, but soon.

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When you nurture something or someone, you take so much pride in the outcome.

Nurturing can take on so many meanings, depending on your life style.  It could be a new puppy, a vegetable garden, your lawn, and to some of us our children.

Here’s a thought, it may not always turn out the was we expect, or anticipate, all we can say to ourselves is we did the best we can.

Maybe you can take a moment and think about everything or everyone you nurture in your life.

Just a thought for the day.

Lynne