When Dieter died at Christmas Day in 2019, I already were limping, thinking it was the effect of caring for Dieter very physically and finally draining my energy. After that, my social life came into full swing, thanks to my loving neighbors in this park. In the beginning of spring I had elevated temperatures every day, a heavy dry cough for a while....and I called our family doctor. By then, Covid-19 was officially there.....and I was concerned. I was told, to watch my temps not going higher than 103 F. If so, I should call 911 immediately.
Temps never went over 100 F. and I was sort of pleased.
But my pain in my entire left leg went up, especially in the groin area. I thought, I might have overworked myself after Dieter's death, to give myself the satisfaction of being able to to all the work he did, also outside, of course. It might have been so, I felt strains occurring, and I used herbal salves to ease it.
Talking with my friends here and their experiences, it was clear to me, that it also could be, that I would need a hip replacement. During this time I put Dieter's Rollator back int my car, just in case I would need it to do errands. And I used the cane I once bought for myself, when I had some back problems.
Neighbors offered me to buy needed food from the grocery store, and I thankfully accepted. I was at a point, that I moaned and groaned just by trying to sit down, not to mention put some socks on. I skipped those - we are living in hot Florida. Standing for a while to cook something was also out. At that time I took more ibuprofen than recommended, which very much worried me. I know they attack the liver and the kidneys. Approaching the doctor again was NOT an option for me, I could imagine that those corona viruses were just waiting for me. AND I WANT TO LIVER LONGER !!
My next move has been last April, that I searched the internet for alternative medicine by mentioning my symptoms. Not having a any scans and - ergo - diagnose yet, I wanted to be pro-active, to heal anything what should be better or healed before any surgery.
I came upon Enzymes. To be exact: "Proteolytic Enzymes". Those capsules have to be taken in between meals, almost 2 hrs. apart, to be really effective. These enzymes gobble up proteins, which includes "gunk" in your joints, to be exact: fibirin, which is basically trash in between bones, which stiffens your joints and make movements painful. The chemical explanation is, that they convert protein into their particles again, into amino acids.
I will spare you, where I got what, I just mention, that I worked on it till now and ongoing, to figure out, which of the different products I ordered work best at certain times of the day. I have now enough of everything for the next 2 years.
Even if I get surgery, it is always beneficial to keep these old joints going.
The first batch I ordered, was expensive, directly from a consortium of doctors who developed them, completely with a booklet how to start and with how many pills at times given. After that I was in the know what they contain and how much of each ingredient. I searched further to get the cost down, which I did effectively.
Summa summarum of that: The pain level is down from 10 to 4 or 5, sometimes non-existant, when I sit long enough on my computer. Sitting is best, not so much laying in bed. It seems all possible working nerves are on fire, no matter on which side I lay or whether I have a pillow in both of my knees. Both knees are much smaller right now, the hot and swollen areas and redness are gone !!!. At night is mostly the only time now that I have to give in and take ibuprofen.
I am very glad, I can walk in my house without a cane now, cook something, do more errands, - -and have in mind to vacuum again and clean the parket flooring. My trailer gets dirty again outside because of the weather. But that has to wait. First things first !
Meanwhile I was afraid that I have to get surgery anyway - without having more safety features in the trailer, like handle bars and stool in the shower. They would put me in a Rehab afterwards for 2 weeks and even would debate, whether I would be able to live in my home any longer. So - - I ordered all that online and have it now installed. I have also nice oak handles on all doors, Dieter once crafted when I had sciatic pain flaring up. That - and the fact, that I know how to handle things in safety because of my education and praxis as a Certified Nurses Aide in Pennsylvania, will hopefully be enough to convince the health agencies. No other option would be accepted by me. I would fight the legal system to my teeth !!! I want to stay in my trailer as long as I can...... I would get home care after surgery, meaning exercises with certfied practioners, my demonstrating to them, that I am able to bathe myself, etc. I went through this already when Dieter got Home Care. With the home care agency in Pasco County in Central Florida, I also would get help with cleaning, shopping and other household chores - for free as a Senior Citizen., for a time necessary. The nurse who came twice per week to care for Dieter, was crying on the phone when I called her to let her know, that Dieter was gone. Every doctor and nurse loved him.
This Covid-19 epidemic hits Florida very hard ( because especially younger people think they cannot live without visiting the beach or bars or having midnight parties - without masks, of course). They go home and send their own families into peril. I could easily make this a political issue, but it is really missing common sense and education.
What is the result? Many of my friends here in this park are debating whether to come back at all in fall. It is time till then, I hope that their states in the northern U.S. keep safer than this one, but hotspots are what they sound like, popping up seemingly out of nowhere....Do not overthink this, my friends, you know -" I will still here waiting for you!"
Did I demonstrate to you that I am o.k.?? Still in the fighting spirit, though, which is an important survival instinct.
I let you know in the next post, what is happening. It is not about us anymore, it is just about me. And I appreciate very much your visit here and reading my endless writing.....Thank You! Love You All !!