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Finally We Can Breathe

29 Dec

Hi folks,

Been a while since I have written, sorry about that. We had so much happening here with Charlie’s finishing the semester and Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Sure seems like time has just flown by and I was just standing still.  Let’s see if I can back up a bit and fill  y’all in.

I think when I last wrote Charlie had gotten his award for Honors at school.  Let me pick it up from there. First we celebrated Thanksgiving.  That was amazing. Charlie and I had been on TV in an interview regarding the sidewalks in San Antonio and how they are so badly maintained. The gist of the story was that the sidewalks really are not disable friendly.  Well, there was a man who owns a BBQ place, he saw the story and contacted the news station and wanted to cater our Thanksgiving meal. What a blessing that was.  He got in touch with us right before Thanksgiving and we told him we would be going to our daughter’s home.  He asked how many people, we told him, and on Thanksgiving day he brought us a BBQ turkey, mashed potatoes and green beans. It was absolutely delicious.

The first week of December was finals for Charlie. We had 3 papers and and exam to complete and then we were done.  It was a very long semester and we both were definitely ready for a break!  Charlie ended the semester with an A and 2 B’s.  We are now on break until January 22nd.  Next semester will bring with it a whole new set of challenges, so we are resting up and gearing up for it.  Charlie will be taking English Comp 2, Speech, and Humanities.  We will definitely be getting the books early so we can start reading chapters and seeing what will be coming up!

On December 8th we had our first official fundraiser for Charlie’s kidney transplant. I made about 15 dozen meatballs, and I don’t even know how many gallons of sauce, garlic butter, salad and two cakes.  I had a ton of help with serving and decorating and manning different stations. It was wonderful.  It was also a success. We fed what felt like a zillion people! My feet and back let me know that we really did WORK that day. Now we are in the process of collecting recipes to try and create a cookbook with diabetic, heart and kidney friendly recipes. These will be put together to make a cookbook to sell as a fundraiser. If any of you have a recipe you would be willing to share I would more than welcome it. Please email the recipe to indutime@gmail.com

On December 11th we finally started receiving my Social Security.  PRAISE GOD, now we can pay bills and buy food and we have finally reached the light at the end of the tunnel….and it wasn’t a train!!!!   It’s good to be able to have a bill collector call and be able to tell them we can set up a payment plan.  I look forward to when all of them are finally paid off and we don’t get anymore calls.  We have been incredibly blessed over the last two and a half years and are thankful for all of the love and support that all have given us.  We will also finally be able to repay all of those who helped us out during our journey. I can honestly say that I am glad that we will no longer need the assistance of Food Stamps – now someone else in need will have the assistance available.  Another PRAISE was that I also became eligible for Medicare.  I had originally been told it would be 2 years from now, but because my case took two and a half years I qualified on November 1st.  I now have a Medicare Advantage plan which will begin on Jan 1st and I will be able to have a real doctor to follow my heart and kidney problems.  This will be so much better than going to the ER when I get so bad I can’t deal with things anymore.  The really great thing about it is that Charlie’s nephrologist and cardiologist have agreed to take me on as a patient. We are both thankful for that as we both like those doctors a lot. They have been great with Charlie’s care.

Next was Christmas.  Oh my, it was wonderful to be able to get the grandchildren gifts this year.  We spent the day with family and friends at our daughter’s home.   Three of our grandchildren were there with us. I so wish there was a way to get them all together for a holiday. Maybe some day!  I cooked a turkey, some dressing and made Charlie his giblet gravy.  There was so much other food there one didn’t know what to eat first.  There were also goodies galore: cake, cookies, candy, dips, chips, soda.  It was a feast.   Everyone ate and opened gifts, the children had a ball together.  It’s such fun to watch them play, they all get along so well together.  I love gatherings with family.

In between all of these things we had doctor’s appointments and the usual dialysis days.  It’s been a long year, but a good one and we are ending on a positive note.    Even though we are ending on a positive, we do have to honestly say that we are a bit disappointed.  At the beginning of the year everyone assured Charlie that this would be the year for the kidney, needless to say that hasn’t happened.  It’s hard because this year we have seen 3 other people get kidneys.  We are very happy for all of them, but each time someone gets one it saddens Charlie a bit more.  It’s been 9 years now since he went on the kidney transplant list and 9 years on dialysis.  Each dialysis day exhausts his body more.  We so want to travel and see our grandchildren and siblings but there is just so much that has to be done to do that.  We have to schedule dialysis everywhere we go, and that entails contacting the clinic on the other end and making sure his dialysis unit communicates with that one so that they have all the information they need to be able to do his treatment.  It also means having to have someone willing to take him to and bring him home from dialysis.  Then you have to have time for him to rest so that we can have a decent visit with everyone. It’s not an easy lifestyle.  We are going to try and make it to see everyone this year.  We have a grandchild that is about to turn 1 and we haven’t even met him yet.  There is another granddaughter due to be born in March, hopefully we will be able to see her too.

Well, that’s about it for now.  Please continue to pray for the kidney….maybe 2014 will finally be the year.

Blessings to all,

Charlie & Sherrie

 

Charlie’s Story

5 Oct

Good Afternoon y’all.  What a beautiful day here in San Antonio.  Sun is shining, blue sky, fluffy clouds, birds singing and butterflies are fluttering. God is truly awesome.

Well, let’s see what we did this week. Charlie started the week out well. Dialysis went well all week. School went pretty well.  On Wednesday Charlie did a presentation at school in his Theatre appreciation class (that’s the last entry on the blog). Yesterday he was on the local morning news show. Charlie loves the folks at the station, so much so that he turns them on before he even turns the lights on in the morning. If you would like to see it you can go to KABB.com and in the search box type in Event Helps Combat Kidney Disease. It will bring up a new page and on the left side you will see the same title. Click on it and you can watch the interview.

Charlie is an advocate for the American Kidney Fund.  They are having a Kidney Action Day event here in San Antoinio, at the AT&T center tomorrow (October 6th) from 9am to 3pm .  Charlie has been asked to share his story at Noon. If you have a chance to go to the event look for him. There will be entertainment, Healthy food demos and you can get tested for FREE to see if you have kidney disease or are at risk.  That alone makes it worth going!   Everyone should get tested. Especially if you have a history of diabetes or kidney disease anywhere in you family history.

When Charlie finished his interview we went to school. As we were walking the path to the student center we met a person putting out this weeks issue of the school newspaper.  Lo and behold, there’s Charlie on the front page.  Charlie also advocates for the disabled students at his school.  He has been doing that for a while now.  The article is about the problem of access to some of the places on the campus.  If you would like to read the article you can go to http://www.theranger.org/easier-wheelchair-access-to-mcallister-needed-1.2839236#.UlA4PwfRgcc.email

This has been an exciting week.  Charlie got a call from our daughter Emily and found out that our new little bundle of joy that is due to be here end of March – beginning of April is a BOY!  Little Ava will have a new brother.  How exciting.  That brings the tally to 4 boys and 5 girls.  Yep 9 grandchildren.  Each one of them brings us such joy. They all have such unique personalities.  It’s amazing.  God really has blessed us with the gift of being grandparents.  It’s a wonderful job.  There is nothing like being able to talk to your grandchildren about all of the amazing things God has done in our lives and help them to know how they can use all that God has for them.  We LOVE being Grandparents.

Charlie’s foot seems to be recovering well.  He has been walking on it a bit with the shoe and so far so good.  We just need to keep a good eye on it so that it doesn’t get bad again.  We would still like to see him start the new year without the wheelchair.  We’ll see.  All in God’s time, not ours.

Well, I suppose I have written enough for now.  I am going to take pictures at tomorrow’s event.  Maybe if we are lucky my camera will record part of the event.  I think I remember how to do it, but I haven’t recorded with it in quite a while so we shall see!  Either way I will post something after we get home.

Please pray for the following:  1. A Kidney.  2. The event tomorrow and Charlie’s presentation. 3. Healing of the foot.  4. Finances.  5. Fundraising.

Blessings to all.

Charlie & Sherrie

Really???

27 Aug

So, we made it through the first day of school.  It hasn’t rained all summer but yesterday we had to have an umbrella to start the day off with!  I have really gotten good at driving the wheel chair one handed.  I was able to maneuver it with one hand as I held the umbrella trying to keep myself and Charlie dry.  Worked okay until we got onto the sidewalk.  You would think with all the money they are collecting from the new parking fee at the school that they would have enough money to replace the cement and the bricks at the handicapped drop off but apparently not because we made a complaint about it back in May and it still hasn’t been fixed.  It’s probably going to take one of the blind students to trip, fall and get hurt before something will be done.  So sad.

We got to school and went to the student center.  Charlie loves the Mexican hot chocolate so we got some of that and a breakfast taco and waited for the bookstore to open so he could get his books.  It was due to open at 7:45 so we got on the elevator at 7:40 and went down stairs.  Well, 7:45 came and went….and so did 8:00 and 8:10.  Apparently the manager was stuck in traffic (People here haven’t seen rain in so long that they just forgot how to drive in it) and there was no one else with a key.   They finally opened and I went to the office to pick up the books.  We had placed the order online so it would be ready for us to pick up when we got there, of course no one could find his books and they weren’t in the alphabetical notebook of all of the orders pending pick-up.  Someone finally arrived and was able to find them in a pile on the counter.

Once we were done there we went over to Disability Services to see them and pick up the paperwork that had to be signed by each instructor so that they knew I was officially Charlie’s note taker.  We had a good visit and then we looked at Charlie’s schedule again before leaving.  It was then that we realized that the Music Appreciation class was not in the same building as the Theatre class.  I wasn’t sure how to get to the other building.  I knew that there was a catwalk between them but wasn’t sure how to get the wheelchair over it.  I asked about an elevator and was then told there was only one way to get to the handicapped ramp for that building.  I would have to walk down a street and up a steep hill (pushing the wheelchair).  I thought about it and talked to Charlie about it and we decided that we didn’t want me in the hospital on the first day of school.  So, Charlie walked up 12 stairs and God provided two absolutely wonderful people who took the time to carry the wheelchair up.  We got to the top and put Charlie back in the wheelchair to walk across the catwalk, got in the door and there were 5 MORE stairs.  Charlie walked those also and those wonderful people carried the chair up them too.  Luckily the class was right there.  So we got into the class and all was well.  Then we had to get back over the catwalk.  This time Charlie walked down the 5 stairs and I rolled the wheelchair down them, put him in it and walked across the catwalk and then…….Charlie did the 12 stairs and I SLOWLY wheeled the chair down them.  Narrow stairs, not easy to do a wheelchair on, but MUCH BETTER than the down the street and up the hill thing.

So we also encountered an elevator closed for PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE (seriously…on the first day of school?????), and every Handicapped automatic door that we had to use did not work.  Between that and the poor condition of the sidewalks I definitely got my cardio workout for the day.  My feet were really tender this morning but it was okay.  I am very pleased to announce that Charlie wasn’t hurting at all after his exercise!!!  Maybe that will be his PT.  🙂

The classes seem like they are going to be fun.  The only one he is really concerned about is his English class.  LOTS of reading and writing in this class.  Drama will be fun, he has a great professor.  Music Appreciation seems like it will be interesting. His Professor is a priest.  He told the class they could call him Father or Brother or Professor.

All in all things went pretty well.  Today he had dialysis, no bleeding, thank goodness.  They decreased his heprin and that seems to have stopped the bleeding problem  He bled for  full hour last week and they decided perhaps his blood was too thin.  Hopefully this will be a permanent fix.  Other than that no real excitement today.  He is napping right now and we will do homework after dinner.

Praying that all have a blessed week.

Please pray for:  School.  Charlie’s tooth (it cracked and the filling is falling out.  He is going to the dentist tomorrow). Kidney.  Finances.  Fundraising. Movie Ministry.

Blessings to all.

Charlie & Sherrie

Shoe Frustration

30 Jul

Well, we went today to get the new shoes and inserts.  Got there, got right in, they took the shoes out and had them on Charlie before I got in.  Good thing I came in.  The shoes did not MATCH.  One was rounded and the other was more narrow at the top.  Same color, same material but different shape.  The tech tried really hard to convince me they were the same.  I was going to offer him my glasses so he could see the very OBVIOUS difference when he admitted they were not the same.  I had to actually place Charlie’s old shoe next to it to prove it to him.  Then he was going to put the new insert into Charlie’s old shoes.  He was sure they would be fine.  After he did it I looked and there was about a 1/4 inch space between the shoe and the insert at the heel.  Last thing we need is something like that to create another ulcer on the heal.  I hate when people won’t admit there is a mistake.  He kept saying over and over that they were going to have to order new shoes.  Then he had the office manager look at them to verify they were defective.  She saw it immediately.  I just don’t get it.

So, now we wait again for new shoes and then we have to see if the inserts will fit the new ones.  Maybe the end of August?????? Who knows.

Please be in prayer for Charlie as he goes in for his electrophysiology study tomorrow.  They said the actual study of the heart lasts about an hour.  They will then be approximately another hour for insertion of the pacemaker or loop recorder.  After that he has to lay still for up to 6 hours.  Not sure exactly what the up to 6 hours is but that’s what they said.  Today his blood pressure was really high at dialysis.  They wound up increasing one of his medications until they finish with tomorrow, at that point they will decide whether to continue with it at the new strength or to lessen it or discontinue it completely.

So many changes….we are going through some difficult financial things right now too.  Praying that September 19th gets here quickly and that we will finally have some relief.

Well, that’s pretty much it for now.  Please pray for the following:  1. Charlie’s procedure tomorrow.  2. The shoe situation to be resolved.  3. Finances.  4. A kidney.  5. Fundraising.

Thanks to all who have been praying, and for the encouragement.

Blessings to all,

Charlie & Sherrie

Slow Saturday….

27 Jul

Good Afternoon Everyone,

Well, we had a good Friday, 3 of the 8 grandchildren were with us for the day.  We went to the movie theater at the office and watched the movie OZ.  It was great.  The kids really love going up to the theater.  They get to choose the movie and then we even get movie theater popcorn too.  No charge (perfect price huh?).  Samantha and Kailey had to go home but  Dalton (our 5yr old grandson) got to stay the night with us last night.  We watched John Wayne movies,  played a thousand games of Memory and War and then he played the Wizard of Oz (we had watched the new OZ movie during the day and Dalton played the scene where they tried to get the wand from the wicked witch.).  Charlie was the monkey, I was the china doll and Dalton was OZ.  Charlie made some really awesome Cow noises (who knew he had that talent, I have only heard him do a duck and a cat) while Dalton successfully grabbed the wand.  It was really cute.  He also became a great waiter and was taking and bringing our orders very quickly.  He told me he was brilliant.  🙂  it was rather entertaining.

Today of course, was dialysis day.  Dalton and I washed sheets, emptied the dishwasher and then watched Wizard of Oz while Charlie was at dialysis.  We had fun.  When Charlie’s van pulled into the apartment complex Dalton ran out to meet him.  It was cute.  Dalton stood at the edge of the sidewalk and saw the van drive by (they have to go down and turn around so that the door is on the sidewalk side when Charlie gets out).  Dalton stood with a look of surprise on his face and was yelling “Hey, come back here!”  He then turned to me and said “The bus missed Papa’s stop!  What do we do now?”  The van pulled up and Dalton ran to get Charlie and his bag to bring him in.

Our grandchildren are such a joy.  We are looking forward to the day when Charlie gets his kidney and we don’t have to worry about the whole dialysis thing.  He will have more energy and can keep up with all the kids….This afternoon he is napping and Dalton and I are here writing to all of you.  Right now Charlie seems to be doing well, he’s a little nervous about the whole EP study thing.  He knows that in the long run it will be worth it, but he is dealing with the whole pacemaker issue.  Like I said before if it’s not a pacemaker then it will be a loop recorder that they will be inserting into his chest.  As with any procedure or surgery there is always a chance of complications, that is the concern that he has.  Hopefully once this is done the issue will be corrected and we can move on from there.

Tomorrow will be Church day.  We are blessed because Dalton has asked to go with us and his mom and dad said yes!  He is excited.  Other than that it should be a pretty quiet day.

Not much more to really write about right now so I will be signing off.  We do hope each of you is having a great weekend and again thanks for the prayers and words of encouragement.

Blessings to all,

Charlie & Sherrie

Bifascicular Block

25 Jul

Hi All.  Well we went and saw the electrophysiologist (the doctor that deals with the electrical part of the heart) today.  Charlie has a Bifascicular block.  There are 3 electrical bundles in the heart and two of the three in Charlie’s heart are not working properly.  They have decided to do an EP Study, next Wednesday (July 31st). They will go in through a vein in Charlie’s groin and go up into the heart to make sure it is not failing.  The doctor told us that they will speed up the heart a bit and see how the electrical system is working.  If the third bundle is failing they will put in a pacemaker.  If it is doing okay they will put in a loop recorder.  Both are placed under the skin.  The pacemaker will keep the heart beating regularly, the recorder will record Charlie’s heart’s activity on a continual basis.  They can down load the information from the recorder wirelessly either in the office or from home.  They can then see exactly what the heart is doing and figure out why.  Either way he will be coming home on Wednesday with a device under the skin.  It will be good to finally get to the bottom of all this.  We thank God for a good visit with a wonderful doctor who took the time to really explain what is going on and what he feels the problem is.  He doesn’t want to just put in the pacemaker, he wants to be sure that it will solve the problem!  He was great.  He answered all of our questions and scheduled the procedure right away.  It’s an outpatient procedure so we should go in and come home same day!

You know, when I looked at the calendar and saw that the 31st of July fell on a Wednesday I told Charlie I knew where we would be for our anniversary.  I didn’t think it would really happen.  Oh well, that’s okay.  Getting his situation fixed and knowing what is going on will be a wonderful anniversary gift.  Most people go to dinner….lol…we go to the hospital!

We also heard about the shoes today.  Praise God!!!  the shoes are in and the inserts will be done next week.  Charlie will have his new shoes next week!!!  Then he will be talking to the doctor about starting physical therapy.  He is excited about that.  He really wants to walk again.  He’s tired of sitting in the wheelchair!

So, the prayer requests for today are:  1. Charlie’s procedure next Wednesday.   2. A kidney (of course). 3. Our finances.  4. Fundraising.

Thanks again for the prayers and for the words of encouragement.

Blessings to all.

Charlie & Sherrie

Where to Begin (Part 2)

23 Jul

Well, we did wait for word from the doctors so that we would know what the next step would be.  We finally heard from the Cardiologist on Tuesday.  I explained (again) what happened.  He listened and then said there were two ways to handle it:  1. we could go to the hospital and do a direct admission OR 2. we could come to the office and see him.  Bet you can’t guess which one Charlie chose!  Yep, we went to the doctor’s office on Wednesday afternoon.  We arrived at 12:30 and we were finally seen about 4.  The doctor came in, we discussed what did and did not happen at the hospital (everyone was under the impression that the electric doctor saw Charlie at the hospital.  He did see him, but he didn’t evaluate or examine him).  They then called a new electrophysiologist who was up the street from the Cardiologist and one of the nurses from the clinic drove us up there.  The doctor there asked that he be put on a 24 hour monitor to see if they could detect any changes.  We got the monitor, then left and went to church.  

The next day was another dialysis day so Charlie wore the monitor as requested for 24 hours.  We took it back at 4pm that afternoon, I also scheduled a doctor’s appointment for him so that we could discuss the results and everything else with this doctor.  Charlie will see him this Thursday.  Hopefully he will have some answers for us.

Hopefully we will be able to resolve all of this and we will hear about Charlie’s shoes before the end of this month.  All I can say is I am glad that Charlie and I both have strong faith, without it I just don’t have any idea how we would be able to make it through all of this junk.  

I know I have said often how much we appreciate your prayers and words of encouragement.  Right now we need both more than ever.  Thank you for sticking around even when the posts have been so sporadic.  I will be trying to get online every other day until we can get internet back at the house.  I come to the apartment business office and do research and hopefully can keep y’all up to date with any new happenings.  

Until next time we pray blessings for each of you and thank you again for your prayers and words of encouragement.

Blessings,

Charlie & Sherrie

 

Surgery Next Week

25 Jun

Hi Everyone.  Well, let’s see if I can catch everyone up in this blog.  I have not been well health wise, and we have begun babysitting for our grandchildren a few days a week.  (That part of things has been great!)

So, let’s start with the foot.  We are still trying to heal the wound on the left foot.  It looks great, but the diagnosis is that the shoes are causing the problem.  We owe money to the doctor that handles Charlie’s diabetes and they won’t see us until the bill is being taken care of right now that’s not something we can do.  The new Medicare regulations state that he has to be seen by the Diabetic doctor within the last 6 months.  So, we are searching for some one to see him who can wait until after September to get the 20%  copay.  Until then he will continue to have problem with the wound on his foot as the inserts and shoes he currently has are not wide enough.  It’s all really frustrating.   Currently I am doing daily wound care and then we see the doctor every two weeks.  Please pray that we can find a resolution to this issue so that we can get Charlie back to walking again.  He is very frustrated.  He doesn’t walk much but the little that he is walking is creating pressure and causing a callous to reform where the wound is.

Two week ago we were at wound care and they were fixing to bandage the wound.  The nurse went out to get supplies and as she came back in Charlie started seizing.  He had 2 seizures.  We wound up over at the emergency room (thank goodness the two buildings are next door to each other!).  They did bloodwork, and a CT Scan of the brain.  Charlie has not had a seizure in about 8 years.  He has been on medication for them for quite a while.  On this particular day his dilantin levels (which should be 10 or 11) were 3.2.  No idea how they got that low.  So they upped his meds and he seems to be doing well with them.  No seizures since.  I’ll tell you that this was something that I don’t want to have to deal with again.  We had a tough time getting Charlie to come back.  He was not able to speak for quite a while, and when he did he said he didn’t want to go to the ER.  I told him he had no choice.  He wanted to go to dinner and Bible Study at the church (he was upset that he was missing fried chicken that night).  For some reason he always goes to the ER on Wednesday nights.  Not sure if it’s just because we already have transportation or if it’s just that’s his hospital day preference.  🙂  Either way I think we can stop that before it becomes a tradition!

Tomorrow we go to wound care, but before we do that we have to go to the hospital and do pre-admission paperwork for Charlie.  Next Wednesday he has to have surgery.  He has a hernia just below the sternum.  Apparently when they did his bypass there was a small tear in the tissue that didn’t heal correctly.  He had a bad bout of bronchitis and wound up in the hospital, the coughing from that tore the tissue more and it developed into a hernia.  It has gotten bigger and now causes him pain, so they decided to take it out.  It’s normally just a day surgery done in aan outpatient setting but because of Charlie’s ailments and medical history it will be done at the hospital. That’s next weeks fun.

Finances are still an issue.  We did finally hear from Social Security regarding my hearing date, it is September 19th.  I am a bit nervous, but I will be okay.  We are meeting with my lawyer to discuss what will happen at the hearing on September 5 (I think).  I will then be able to see what Social Security has on me.  Should be interesting since the original file that we got had wrong dates, wrong clinic names, incomplete hospital records….it was a mess.  Charlie and I will both be glad to get this hearing over and are praying that they grant the social security to me.

I also have been having vision problems, turns out I have cataracts in both eyes.  They are bad enough to be causing problems but not bad enough for surgery yet.  The doctor spent a good deal of time explaining that these are normal as we get older.  I can’t even tell you how many times she told me about the things that happen as we get older.  I got the point and she just kept dwelling on it.  Anyway, I am waiting on a voucher for a new pair of glasses.

The grandchildren (Kailey, Sam and Dalton) have been here a bunch over the last couple of weeks.  It’s been fun to watch and listen to them.  They are all so precious.  Charlie loves having them here, we don’t get to see the girls often enough.  Dalton and Sam will both be in kindergarten in the fall so we have been practicing letter sounds and same and different and writing.  It’s fun to watch them learn.  Being a grandparent is so much fun and so rewarding.  God has really blessed us.  We do wish we could see the other 5 grands, but they are too far away.

We are still trying to find fundraisers as we have nothing in the account yet for the kidney surgery.  I pray that we will soon be able to get something together to put into his account for it.  There is no way that we will be able to afford to do it without the help.  I know both of us will rest a little easier once we are able to get this coordinated and started.

Everywhere we go and every one we meet we try to bring up the whole kidney thing.  We have had 3 people who said they were going to be tested but we haven’t heard from the clinic if any of them ever followed through.  If you know of anyone who might be willing to be a donor please give them our information so we can get in touch with them.  Charlie NEEDS a kidney badly and we are searching everywhere for a donor.

Well, I think that catches y’all up.  I am having trouble seeing the screen so I am going to sign off for now.  Please keep the following in prayer:  1. Charlie’s foot.  2. Charlie’s surgery on July 3rd. 3. Our Finances.  4. Fundraising.   5. The Social Security hearing.

Thanks for being so faithful everyone.  Sorry I haven’t posted in so long.  Both of us need your prayers and encouragement badly right now. I will try and be on at least once a day from now on.  Blessings to each of you.  Have a wonderful week.

Charlie & Sherrie

Shopping…

13 Apr

Yesterday was a partial grocery day. Charlie went shopping with me.  It was an adventure for sure.  He was in the wheelchair with the basket on the front of it.  It’s a wonderful thing if you are just getting a few groceries and don’t have any bags with you.  Once the bags and the purse get put in you don’t have a lot of room for groceries.  It calls for some real creativity when packing that little basket full.  Wouldn’t be bad if you the package of toilet paper and napkins weren’t so big and bulky.  We came out with quite a few items and we save almost $20 in coupons, all in all a pretty successful venture. It was good to have Charlie go along with me, will be even better when we can do it without the wheelchair!  🙂 Soon….very soon.  We weren’t able to find a ride so we had to take VIA Trans to get there and back.  Another adventure as we are never sure when they are going to be on time or just be incredibly late.  Today was a blessing as both trips were on time and the trip home we were blessed with a driver that was willing to help us with the groceries!

Today Charlie had dialysis.  Was a good session.  Kimberly and Dalton came down and took me to Walmart to get socks for Charlie (now he has to wear two so we needed new ones).  We got lunch from Wendy’s for him and then came on home.  Was fun to have Dalton around.  He always makes us smile. Dalton shared his new shark hat with Papa and he and Kim showed me how to make an oragami butterfly.  Everyone is gone now and Charlie has settled in for his nap time.  I am going to go for now, have laundry and dishes to do.  Then prep-time for Sunday School and for the Donor Awareness event on Wednesday. I will write more tonight.

Blessings to all.

Charlie & Sherrie

The Shoe!

11 Apr

Good Morning Everyone,

Well, yesterday was another landmark day for Charlie.  He went to wound care and had the ulcer checked (I can’t believe how much smaller it got this week). The doctor was very pleased, so pleased that he told him he could wear his other SHOE!!!  What wonderful news.  The doctor feels wearing the shoe will provide him more support than the air cast.  So, now we are doing silvedine on the wound and padding it real well so he can wear the shoe.  He left for dialysis with a huge smile, a giddy attitude and two shoes on.  Was wonderful to see him so happy.  He now is seeing an end to the wheelchair and a beginning to walking again.  It’s been so very long.  He has been in the wheelchair since last June and hasn’t done any real walking since August of 2011 (when he had his double by-pass).  He was in the process of recovery from the surgery when the   What a journey the whole foot thing has been.  The positive to it is that I have become really good at wound care and bandaging!

Right after we got the good news yesterday Charlie wound up in the emergency room with a blood pressure of 222/90.  He was having a really bad headache, dizziness, chest pain, and was very mellow.  He said he felt like he did right before he had a TIA (mini stroke).  The wound care clinic is located right next door to the hospital so I put him in the wheelchair a zipped him over to the ER.  They did a CT scan of his head to check the brain and then a ton of bloodwork.  All was clear so they think that the elevated pressure was what caused the headache and the other things were triggered by that.  He had had a high blood pressure at the dialysis session on Tuesday too.  I called his doctor and asked if it could be the meds that they changed a few weeks ago, at that time he was having low blood pressure problems so they cut one of his meds in half.  The doctor agreed that that could be part of the problems so we changed it back to the original dosage.  Please pray that this medication change will stabilize things for him.

Anyway, Charlie is at dialysis, and is now wearing two socks and two shoes.  All is well this morning.  I need to go and start preparing his lunch so it’s ready when he gets home.  Here are the prayer requests for today:  1. Charlie’s health.  2. Next round of foot treatments. 3. A Kidney.  4. Donor Awareness Event next Wednesday at San Antonio College.  5. Finances.  6. Fundraising.  7. Decisions about public speaking.  8. Transportation (more on this later).

Blessings to all,

Charlie & Sherrie

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