I’ve been having an interesting week …
My husband came home from work last Friday complaining that his back was really sore. This was on the heal of having a bad cold for two or three days. We thought that maybe the cold virus had affected his back, so he took it easy that night and his back felt a bit better, but it was still sore on Saturday.
By Sunday his back was really bad and the way he was describing the pain (BTW he’s the worst at describing symptoms and being a nurse I’ve heard some very poor symptom descriptions) it was starting to sound like he might have a kidney stone, so we spent a while that day trying to figure out exactly what the problem was, but in the end it really was just his back.
He’s an OR attendant at the hospital and he helps move people onto beds and pushes stretchers loaded with patients to hospital rooms which of course can be hard on a good back and much worse on a bad back. He has Monday’s off, so he was able to get three full days to pamper his back, but when his back still wasn’t any better on Monday he decided to call in sick on Tuesday. It still wasn’t much better today either so he didn’t go to work today and he’s called in sick for tomorrow as well. He really needs to be sure that his back is better before he goes back to a job that is so hard on the back.
So … I’ve been stuck at home with a sick husband!
I’m sure the men reading this will admit that they aren’t at their best when they are sick and the ladies … well, I’ll bet most of you would say your husbands or boyfriends become little boys when they are sick. My husband is no different.
My back goes out every now and then so I know how painful it can be, but I still somehow manage to get a few things done around the house, like cooking dinner (or at least heating up an easy meal) and other basics, but whenever my husband gets sick all he does is lie around and act like it’s the worst thing in the world! LOL
So I’m not having the best week … plus with him around and me waiting on him hand and foot I can’t get much of my own work done!
I did manage to get out today to see my pain doctor though. She’s pretty cool. A little ditsy in some of her advice, but overall she’s a good doctor and she’s good to talk to as well. Only part of my visit was spent discussing my Crohn’s disease and how we are managing the pain I’m in … the rest was spent talking about her cold, family, my dog, my sick husband and her latest purchase – a very comfortable looking pair of Dansko shoes.
The very best part of the visit is the fact that I don’t have to see her again until the middle of December. Pretty much since January 2006 I’ve been seeing her once a month, only when she’s gone on vacation have I had longer periods between my appointments. This was the first time she actually asked to see me in two months without saying it was because she was going on vacation. Maybe from now on I won’t have to see her so much. Like I said she’s a nice doctor, but yeah … I don’t think I need to see her every single month.
So I’m taken care of for a while – at least pain medication wise (not health wise – I need a magic wand for that!). Now all I need is for my husbands back to get better and for him to get back to work so life can get back to what passes for normal around here.
Ladies – don’t you dread it when your husband is home sick? How do you cope?