Monday, September 20, 2010

Day 843 - Sep 19, 2010

Today Kevin and I went over to Breezy's place to visit. It is the first time that Kevin has been there and it was nice to get him out of our house and visiting someone else. He just walked around and was generally nosy and then he and Chris checked out Chris' new gun (not loaded - no worries) and Kevin couldn't resist acting like "The Terminator" who single-handedly welded a gun. It was a nice little visit and I'm glad we went.

Other than that, we didn't do much of anything today. I forgot to tell you guys that yesterday Kevin helped me cook dinner though. I put him to work cutting strawberries for the shortcake and he helped make the lemonade. I am hoping to get him to help me more in the kitchen because I really want him to learn to fend for himself as much as possible. He's gotten very lazy while being down and now we need to kick him back into shape. He's not always liking it, but it still needs to be done.

We had planned to go to one of the missions today, but it pretty much rained all day. I am hoping we get to go one day this week - I want to take some photos. I want Breezy and Chris to go too as Breezy's belly is really popping out, but we'll have to see. Chris works a lot of hours so we may have to wait a bit for him to be able to go too. It's ok though - there are lots of places to take photos in SA.

And now I need to get back to investigating neurosurgeons in the Tampa/Sarasota area. We are intending to go home for a visit at the end of next month and I want to have some meetings with prospective docs set up. If we can't find a doctor that can handle Kevin's needs, we probably will not be able to go back home. We will then have to sell the house (not easy in FL right now) and move here. Frankly, it tires me to even think about this, but we have to have someone that can handle Kevin's situation. And we have to settle somewhere. This is really tiring not knowing where you will be at any given time.

Truthfully, this is the place that Kevin gets the best medical care and if I had known how bad the neurosurgeons were at the Tampa VA we would have never bought a house there - even though we were told we needed to.

Hindsight though, I guess.

The only problem is that my family all moved to FL to help us and we can't very well ask everyone to pack up and move again now, can we? Honestly, dad's just not well enough to handle the move again anyway.

So for now, let's just hope we can find a doctor that is capable of handling Kevin's prognosis and how much work it entails.

Has anybody ever used any of those internet physician review sites? Recommendations, anyone?


Long-time RN said...

Hope you get good leads on a neuro in the Tampa area. More research and decisions ahead.

Kevin in the kitchen! Very cool! Good for you in encouraging activity and involvement. PT/OT (if Kevin gets back into therapy) can also recommend ways to assist in his being helpful and independent in cooking. High five to you both!

Jessica said...

That's great that Kevin got out today and is getting more active in the kitchen. Maybe he'll learn to like cooking or baking! It could give him a sense of accomplishment.

That would be such a shame if you couldn't find a suitable doctor in FL. Surely there must be someone. Something has to work out.

Thinking of you all and praying for things to work out with the doctors. Take care.

Anonymous said...

San Jose Mission is undergoing extensive renovation and will be closed effective mid October. Go see the Queen of the Missions soon, before and after pictures would be cool!