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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Getting settled at home

It took all day Saturday to get back in the groove. When he was at the nursing home all of his medications were changed so it was a learning process to get the schedule going again. Saturday went well. Marshall has been doing his exercises and stretches so he can keep building strength. However, the physical therapist said that Marshall should probably never try to walk without the walker. Too much danger of falling.

Today I had to run to Walgreens to get prescriptions filled and do a little shopping. Marshall stayed home and did pretty good until about 7:00 this evening and then some new pain hit him and it appeared to be pretty bad. So he took a Percocet, along with the morphine, and went to bed.

His painkiller schedule now is 100mg of morphine every 8 hours, a Marinol (marijuana pill) every 12 hours and a Percocet for breakthrough pain. I think today's pain probably came from him trying to stay up all day (at the nursing home he napped quite a bit).

But he's also had some pretty bad tremors in his hands that won't go away. We assume it's a reaction to a medication, but which one? And he goes from freezing to burning up. This is where the round-the-clock care with a good nursing staff and doctors close at hand was a great thing.

We're still trying to get on a meal schedule. He ate at regular times at the nursing home but we haven't really made that happen here -- not to mention the fact that I can't even come close to fixing the kind of awesome meals they served at the nursing home!

But he is so glad to be home and we're glad to have him back.


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