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Waiting and Watching

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Lori Grosser Rhoden
Member Rara Avis
since 10-10-2009
Posts 8386
Fair to middlin'


0 posted 11-15-2017 07:15 AM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden


Waiting room
in the ER
to
waiting in a room
in the ER.

Watching as they
hook up five IV’s
and take armfuls
of blood
and give you oxygen.

Waiting for your
blood pressure to raise,
test results,
chest X-rays.
Pneumonia, Septic shock.


Watching for hours
the professionals
come and go
answering their calling
with kindness and a smile.

Waiting for your low
blood pressure to rise,
you’ll be in ICU tonight.

Watching you do better
all through the night
they send you home
about noon.
Were back again
later that night.  

Waiting room
in the ER
to
waiting in a room
in the ER.

Watching as they
hook up  an IV
and take armfuls
of blood.

Waiting again on
test results,
chest X-rays
Bad abdominal pain.

Watching the Dr. says
You’re okay,
the pain is from
the medication,
go home.

Waiting at home
to feel better.
The hospital calls
and wants him back.
He has a new infection.

Waiting room
in the ER
to
waiting in a room
in the ER.

Watching as they
hook up an IV
and take armfuls
of blood
and a CT scan
of your abdomen.
Diverticulitis, E.coli
and spots on your liver.

Waiting for a room,
the professionals
come and go
answering their calling
with kindness and a smile.
Four hour later
a room opens up.

Watching you so miserable,
sick and in pain,
reminds us both
of your battle with cancer
a year ago.
We’re seeing just how weak
your immune system
is now.

Waiting and watching now
to see how you do.
You got sick on Friday,
admitted on Saturday,
went home Monday,
came back Monday night,
went home,
got called back Tuesday
and hopefully
be home Thursday.

Waiting and watching
is exhausting.
It was a Godsend
napping in your room.
It is hard sleeping here
again.
I hope you come home soon.

LGR©11/15/17




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Bluesy Socrateaser
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since 11-07-2002
Posts 1000
In The Mirror


1 posted 11-15-2017 11:56 AM       View Profile for Bluesy Socrateaser   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bluesy Socrateaser

Hmm...yes, and as if that wasn't enough, just wait awhile and watch as the plethora of paperwork starts coming in.

...just bein' Bluesy

BluesSerenade
Member Patricius
since 10-23-2001
Posts 10630
By the Seaside


2 posted 11-15-2017 03:01 PM       View Profile for BluesSerenade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for BluesSerenade

Oh Lori..this doesn't sound good.  I'm really sorry.  Saying my prayers for you and yours.  

Warm hugs sweet lady.
Lori Grosser Rhoden
Member Rara Avis
since 10-10-2009
Posts 8386
Fair to middlin'


3 posted 11-15-2017 05:04 PM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

Yes Bluesy, there should be a blizzard of paperwork soon, enough to keep the wood burner in good shape for starter fuel.  ~L
Lori Grosser Rhoden
Member Rara Avis
since 10-10-2009
Posts 8386
Fair to middlin'


4 posted 11-15-2017 05:08 PM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

No, Blues it is not good. The Dr. just said for him to expect to stay a few days and that he would be a better judge if the medicine is working than they would be. Well, Dennis says it isn't working because he isn't feeling any better. At least he is no worse. I appreciate the prayers. Pray that the Dr.'s don't get stupid. ~L
Poet In Pink
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since 05-18-2017
Posts 583
MI


5 posted 11-16-2017 04:03 PM       View Profile for Poet In Pink   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet In Pink

My goodness!!! Just what you both don't need!  You have been through so much already...I am so very sorry to hear of this update ~ Sending hugz and prayers ~ Alana
Lori Grosser Rhoden
Member Rara Avis
since 10-10-2009
Posts 8386
Fair to middlin'


6 posted 11-16-2017 09:52 PM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

Pinkperception,
Yes, this is especially demoralizing to Dennis. It was exactly a year ago he started chemo and radiation. And before that he had a lymph node removed, what was left of his teeth pulled, a feeding tube put in his stomach and a port in the artery in his neck. So he has been a hurting unit for over a year. He still struggles to eat enough solid foods and drinks supplements. His sense of taste is beginning to return but his saliva glands are not producing much and it makes it hard to swallow. He is not a happy camper. Can't say as I blame him. ~L
 
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