Celebrating Patti’s birthday on Tuesday was certainly an interesting day and one that reflects the support she needs and has for living with Multiple Sclerosis.
The night before I had flagged ‘for the record’ Patti’s deep bronchial cough. Tuesday AM after her doctor had examined Patti during morning rounds, a chest X-ray was ordered and Patti was started on nebulizer treatments, 'as needed'.
One PLUS to care facilities is that doctors do make early morning ‘house calls’ and care plans are implemented immediately such as the nebulizer. Mobile chest x-ray unit arrived, took X-ray, analyzed ASAP and faxed results. X-ray was negative. … Nothing in home care can match that. <grin>
Multiple Sclerosis is about an immune system that is out of whack so you cannot really take chances or ‘wait and see’ when dealing with any health changes. … After the X-ray results she was started on cough specific medication.
… and then … we were off to Charles Town, West Virginia for some birthday fun. Patti enjoys the mega-neon, Disney World like environment of the Charles Town Races & Slots. Unlike so many other public activities EVERYONE is sitting down, so Patti does not feel like she is lost in a forest of walking people.
Gambling in West Virginia is legal at 18 so our daughter joined us adding to the family birthday celebration and fun for Patti.
Being a high priest of the First Church of Mathematics <grin> I often preach the fool’s game that casinos are IF you think you will win; however you CAN mathematically control what you loose and maximize your fun. A couple hours of playing and fun PLUS food cost us $27.
To close the day, Patti was happily surprised to discover birthday presents from her brother on her bed.
Living with Multiple Sclerosis, or I suspect any long term physical or mental condition, IS NEVER just about celebrating a birthday. Any given day is a blend of health care and family. As the primary caregiver, you stay the course and find the alchemy to produce fun.
Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer