Striving

Welcome to 2017, fellow blog readers. Instead of wishing the usual expression, “happy new year,” my spouse and I wished each other “healthy new year.” That is my endeavor for him this year. (I was looking for a graphic to illustrate this, but only found graphics of health foods — not what I was looking for, so I posted a photo of a “healthy and happy us” that we envision for ourselves in 2017.)

While this blog was on its end-of-the-year break, my Spouse and I had a very interesting visit with a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine). We had to wait ten weeks to see this highly-trained doctor, but it was well worth the wait. The doctor reviewed results from various tests, x-rays, and studies that my Spouse endured at seven testing centers in November and December.

And the answer is…

The doc ruled out more than was “ruled in.” That is the nature of such tests — to confirm what the problem is not. My Spouse does not have multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, peripheral neuropathy, active case of Lyme Disease, or any other disorders that affect the nervous system. That is actually good, but we are now left with an undetermined definitive cause of his ongoing and underlying medical problems.

We are taking a two-pronged approach. First, deal with a minor case of sleep apnea, revealed by one of these tests though we were looking for something else. The sleep apnea can be addressed mechanically without having to use a CPAP machine. Sleep disorders can wreak havoc on the nervous system and cause flares of pain as well as hearing and visual difficulties.

Second step involves some major surgery this Spring. Three doctors now independently confirm the same thing: my Spouse requires some major surgery to replace a joint that was damaged beyond repair by the toxins produced during his three-years of torture of the long-term infection he endured 2011 – 2013. I won’t say more at this time lest I jinx it.

But now we have a plan. We have something to work toward the day in Spouse’s future where he can walk, drive, and have a semblance of a life he and I both envisioned for his future.

Meanwhile, I am his #1 caregiver, supporter, medical advocate, and cheerleader. I am regaining my positivity for his sake. Keep striving for good and a brighter outcome. (BTW, thank you to a loyal blog reader Simon, who suggested the theme of today’s blog about striving. Really, thanks man. I appreciate your positive thoughts and good words.)

My restart of this blog for this year has had a temporary setback only in the fact that I caught a cold whilst riding on a bus. Why a bus? “Don’t you have a Harley and a truck,” you ask? Well, Spouse can’t drive in his condition. His car required brake service.

I drove his car to the shop on Thursday, and took a bus back home. When the car was repaired, I took a bus back to pick it up. The bus was packed, and some of the passengers shared their germs. So by Saturday during the New Year’s Eve party at my best friend’s house, I was feeling lousy, and came home early. Yep, it’s a cold. Fluids, aspirin, bed rest and keeping distance from the Spouse so he doesn’t get it.

But our wish for each other remains, “Healthy New Year!”

Life is short: plan for positive outcomes.