Lidia - Day 39 - Sunday, January 5, 2020

Highlights

  • Bed
  • Rearranging and Cleaning
  • Butt Load of Pills
  • Shower

Bed

Our bed has drawers underneath which makes it higher than normal, plus the box spring, plus the main mattress.  If she were to stand next to the bed, the height of it would be above her hip.  So, to make things work, we removed the box spring which removed about 6 inches in height.  It is now pretty much the perfect height.  I had to go to home depot to buy two sheets of 4x8 chipboard to use as a brace on the bottom of the bed to hold the main mattress.  It works.  I'm not sure what the point of the box spring was.  I can't tell the difference in comfort.  I guess it was never comfortable to 

Rearranging and Cleaning

We took down the Christmas tree.  Our neighbors brought it over since they knew Lidia was in the hospital.  I think without it, Christmas would have been canceled.  We kept it up so that Lidia could see it when she got home.  The tree was part of the festival of trees and when we started taking it down, we noticed that all of the ornaments were tied on not just hung.  It is going into storage as is. Right now it is standing in the garage waiting for a new storage bag to show up that I purchased off of Amazon.

We moved bookcases around.  We had a decent size bookcase in the master bedroom but decided it was too much.  So, we rearranged a little bit of the living room so that the bookcase from the master bedroom can sit in the living room.  I still have to arrange the lights on the bookcase so that it looks better.

We still have to work on the computer desk and the surrounding area.  Unfortunately, we are taking things out to the garage and pretty soon we'll have to organize that as well.  Good times.  I need a bigger storage unit.

Butt Load of Medication

We have so many medications.

Medications for Lidia - January 5, 2020

Medication How to take AM Noon Dinner  Bedtime What is it used for:
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tab 2 tablets every six hours as needed         helps relieve pain and fever
Amantadine (Symmetrel) 100 mg cap one capsule twice daily (early morning and midday) 6 am noon     helps brain recovery from injury & improves alertness
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 5mg tab one table daily x       helps reduce blood pressure
Baclofen (Lioresal) 10mg tab 1/4 tablet three times a day x x - midday   x helps reduce muscle spasms
Carvedilol (Coreg) 25 mg tab one tablet twice daily x     x helps reduce blood pressure and regulates heart rate
Cetirizine (Zyrtec) 10mg tab One tablet nightly       x helps relieve allergy symptoms
Diciofenac gel 1% (Voltaren) apply four times daily (up to 4 grams) 6 am noon 6 pm 10 pm helps relieve pain
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 20mg cap One capsule once daily x       helps improve mood and improve brain function
Levetiracetam (Keppra) 1000mg tab one tablet twice daily x     x helps prevent seizures
Melatonin 3mg tab two tables (6mg) nightly       x helps induce sleep
Modafanil (Provigil) 200 mg tab one tablet in the evening (with dinner)     x   stimulates colon for a bowel movement
Trazodone (Desyrel) 50 mg tab one tablet nightly       x helps induce sleep

Shower

This day two of taking a shower.  I think we did better today than yesterday.  I put my swimming suit on and put some towels on the floor because there is no way to keep things dry.  I turn the water on and let it warm-up while we transfer from the wheelchair to the shower chair. We have since added grab bars for Lidia to hold on to.

shower upgrade - January 5, 2020The grab bars are new.  They were donated and installed by Pentalon Construction

 

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