Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Not a Fun Adventure
The day started off pretty well. We were off to Ft. Wayne for Terry's appointment with a neurologist at the VA Hospital. We hoped that we could find the cause of Terry's headaches there, after numerous visits to a local neurologist with no results. Terry also had an appointment with a podiatrist. Our local VA clinic and the VA Hospital in Ft. Wayne are excellent.
We have been to Ft. Wayne many times over the years to shop or to visit the excellent zoo there. It's a nice place to spend the day. Our plan was to stop for a nice dinner when we left the VA. We got to Ft. Wayne a little early. Since we were having dinner out, I didn't want to spend much on breakfast or have fast food. You know you are getting old when you think to stop at a hospital cafeteria to eat. But that's what we did. There is a hospital near the VA so we stopped for biscuits and gravy. Two excellent breakfasts for under $5. Very leisurely and quiet.
We got in for Terry's first appointment a little early and the doctor took a lot of time to explain to Terry that his headaches are migraine and probably being caused by taking short term over the counter meds for relief. Basically the headaches are returning repeatedly when the meds wear off and return with more force. The doctor's explanation made sense for Terry's situation. He took some meds away and added others. He gave us a list of foods for Terry to avoid that can bring on a headache. We'll try his plan for a few months to see if it makes a difference. We got more information from him that we got from any other doctor including our family doctor whom I LOVE and trust.
The doctor also ordered an MRI of Terry's brain. All of the issues Terry has are on the left side. The headaches, a nerve issue in his left arm and a slight loss of mobility in his left leg. Terry had a TIA about 4 years ago and may have had another small one that Terry kept to himself. I can't tell you how scary for me that is...his silence. He has had RA issues over the years and fears that he will become a burden and does not complain when he doesn't feel well. I have a lot of things I say to him about that, but I won't go into. If you know me at all, you know how devoted I am to him. So we are going back for that and another x-ray on his feet. He will get orthopedic shoes and a leg brace for his left leg.
Other things were going on back home, so we decided to forgo dinner out so we could take my youngest grandson to the eye doctor.
We don't usually go too far from home. Terry used to be a truck driver so I have always depended on him to get us where we are going. Well, make a longer story short, we got on the wrong highway and had a "Two Hour Tour". I am going to have to be the one watching for road signs now LOL.
Today we are staying home and I will be sewing...Yay!