我不再给我先生当司机了!(I Am No Longer My Husband’s Chauffeur!)

July 31st, 2017 by Ellen Dowling Leave a reply »

So last week I asked his “Infectious Diseases” doctor (may none of you ever have one of those) if there was any reason why Don couldn’t drive a car, even though he is still on an IV infusion twice a day. “Is he taking any opiods for pain?” the doctor asked. No. (Don is a stoic about pain. Good thing, too, because we all know what can happen with too many opiods.)

他的医生告诉他, 他可以开车了!

Ta de yi sheng gao su ta, ta keyi kai che le!

His doctor told him, he can drive!

I feel like I finally have my life back, as I don’t have to arrange my days around his medical appointments (which are getting fewer and farther between).  He’s also getting stronger with each day. Yesterday he used a mallet to hammer in a stake to keep several of my tomato plants propped up. Then he had to go lie down for awhile, but it’s still progress!

Sometime this week we expect the doctor to take him off the vancomycin (powerful antibiotic) and remove the port from his right arm. Then he will be able to take a shower by himself without someone being there (yours truly of course) to wrap up his port arm (so nothing gets wet) and make sure he doesn’t fall out of the bathtub. Now he is focusing on eating yogurt and taking probiotics to build back up his gut bacteria (pretty much wiped out by the vancomycin).

Every day more good news. Thanks to all of you for sharing a little of this scary journey with me. More posts down the road, but hopefully less about medical problems and more just about Chinese stuff.

再见! Zai jian! (Literally, “See you again.”)

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