Saturday, October 25, 2008

Healing

Finally I am here, sort of! I have had a real time of it lately. I spent time in the hospital, even. That was the first time in my entire life that I was admitted to a hospital for health reasons, other than surgery. It wasn't too bad, since I had my own room and was allowed to use the cell phone, but I sure was glad to get back home.

I was concerned about the dogs - Molly is recently blind, and since I have two beagles, getting dog sitters has always been an issue. I only had to call four people. Cindy drove me to the hospital, Doreen and Sandy watched the dogs for two days, and ST talked to me from 500 miles away where he now lives and kept me calm.

I ended up with two separate infections, and then realized I was severely dehydrated. I had no idea how that could happen when I was drinking water in large amounts, but it did. I know now that my potassium was very low. Once they plumped me up with liquids IV and added several bags of potassium, I was stable the next day to go home. I have to take potassium pills for now. I have no idea why this happened, but am working with my doctors to find out.

Starting out a new journal with a health problem isn't what I had in mind, but then I didn't plan to have to start a new journal away from AOL.

I promise to catch up on everyone's new blogs soon. I have just been a bit weak and tired lately, but I am feeling stronger. Strong enough to travel, even :-). I hope to be out of town next month for a long weekend. We will see.

Thanks to everyone who has emailed me to find out if I am still alive or not. Had I not found dogsitters and decided to just wait it out a few more days, I might not have been alive much longer. Scary thought, isn't it?

Welcome to anyone new who stumbles over this new blog. I am hoping future entries will not be as boring as this one. It took me long enough to get this far!

15 comments:

Solitary Dancer said...

Just glad to see you back among us.

Take your time, we'll be here with the light on. :-)

deb

Lazarai said...

Oh, (((Suzy))), I hope you are feeling better now and figure out why you're having a potassium problem!! Geesh, I thought you were just jetting around the country having fun or something....but no, you were in the hospital!!! Glad your friends were able to help with the dogs, etc.

Feel better!!
:) Carol

Donna said...

Welcome to Blogger! Take care of yourself now, and don't overdo things.

Anne said...

I'm so glad you are here and not in the hospital anymore. I'm glad you went to the hospital. I hope they have figured everything out. I know you worried about the beagles. Anyway, it's good to see you and you'll get settled in, in no time. Anne

Missie said...

I'm so sorry you were sick! Keep on being on the mend! Feel better my friend!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I'm so sorry you've been so sick. Glad you got to the hospital when you did and very glad you started a new blog here on blogger so we can keep in touch. It's good you have plans to travel. Hopefully some place nice and warm. I saw snow flakes for the first time this fall today. Not many but even one would be way too many.
'On Ya' - ma

Paula said...

Glad you're home and back here with us. Missed you.

Claudia's thoughts said...

Suzy:

I am so glad you are back. Having a low potassium will make you weak and tired. And to have an infection on top of that is debilitating. Just rest and get better. Just read the blogs, I don't expect a Pulitizer performance this week.
Claudia

Martha said...

I was wondering where the heck you were!!! I thought you just weren't into the swing of things with the switch over to Blogger - so many have just seemed to disappear!
I'm glad you are ok!! And glad you're back!
Low potassium can be a very serious thing! Wasn't I just telling you to eat a banana every single day back on Life's Little Challenges?!! Hugs!!!

alphawoman said...

My God! So relieved to read you are recovering. poor Molly...

Rose said...

not boring ... just very happy you are ok!! rose

Janie said...

Glad that you made it here. Hmmm I have no desire to stay in the hospital. Well, I sure hope you recover fast. Glad everything went well while you were in the hospital and got to come home the next day. Janie

Paula said...

Glad you're here. Feel better soon.

IndigoSunMoon said...

So glad to see you blogging again!!
Love ya,
Connie

(Cassie) said...

I have missed you Suzy!
So sorry you have been sick.
I had low potassium once, it can make you very weak. I am glad to hear you are at home and back in touch with all your aol buddies. You take care of yourself and Eat those bananas girlfriend!
lOVE,Cassie