Tuesday, September 29, 2015

An update on grandpa and my health

My grandpa went back to his home happily last week, after staying with us for about 4 months. He spent only couple of days with us after discharged from the hospital and knowing his desire we didn’t stop him going to his home but also felt this change or transfer to his familiar environment could improve his health condition and the thought of coming back to home will give him confident to do better. His back sore due to confine to bed in the hospital is also healing well and he started to have normal food like before but only he couldn’t stand and walk. But we hope he regain the strength very soon and able to walk by doing physiotherapy.

I never thought a person could change such drastically in a very short span, though I don’t want to refer directly who he was, it certainly affects the lives of my grandparents now. My grandma was in need of a helper to support her in taking care of grandpa. Until being here, there doesn’t need someone as we (and my uncle family) supported her in every way in taking care of the grandfather, the attitude of drop out from their own son seems  trouble them surely. I feel that supporting someone is not that only physically assisting but giving them hope to believe (if they are elders or disabled) that they are not alone and even if you could not talk in a way, a small gesture and smile could do much better.

Apart grandpa, I experience some issues with health lately to put me feel trouble, though they aren’t anything serious, at least now, I went for a respiratory functional test last week and found poor breathing ability/capacity. I had some difficult with breathing last week, which was very unusual for me and without any delay I check with my doctor and took the functional test in Fortis Malar. It is a diagnosis conducted only in big hospitals, because this kind of test are not taken frequently by many and being an muscular dystrophy patient trouble with breathing is a normal thing after certain period and the main cause for this is believed to the severe lung infection I had 5 years back or due to some other reason my lungs have been shrunken little to make inadequate breathing space. But right now I have no trouble and I breathe easily but I am more careful to do my breathing exercise regularly and increase in terms.

For the last few days, my back pain takes new shape and shifts to my upper back to hold breath sometime. My therapist suggests it is perhaps problem related to neck and was advice to sleep without pillows and reduce my usage of laptop or change the position of viewing. To make my problems little difficult my new wheelchair was sent back for rectification and it expected to take more than a month (according to the manufacturer) to put right things I needed. I had certain comfort in that bucket seat and nothing felt painful when reclining towards its cushion back seat. Hope they haven’t took much time to settle my wheelchair before things become more difficult. 

9 comments:

Sandi said...

Glad to hear he is back home and being looked after by your family. It touches my heart to hear of how your family is taking care of him.

I hope things get worked out soon with your chair repairs!

L. D. said...

I now have a computer pad that is made to elevate my computer from my lap to about six inches higher. We were told the weight of the head really bears down on the spine unless you can get the head to be higher. The best adjustment would be to have the computer so only eyes look down a little in comparison of your whole head sagging down. I hear of problems of people who do the bad posture with the cell phones. Take care and do get better.

TexWisGirl said...

sorry the chair will take a month to get refitted for you. i hope your grandpa continues to heal and regain his strength and mobility.

Destination Infinity said...

Good that you are feeling fine now. Hoping you'll get the wheelchair with all the modifications soon. Wishes to your grandfather for speedy recovery and going back to home.

Destination Infinity

Meoww said...

Ups and downs in life, Jeevan. When the things in life are down, soon, the ups will come. Please take care of yourself and keep up your cheerful spirit!

Rajesh said...

I wish you both quick and speedy recovery.

Betsy Adams said...

Hi There, We know about dealing with elderly parents (or in your case, grandparents). Mom and Dad Adams struggled when they were 'forced' to move in with their daughter... Life was hard ---and all they wanted to do was to go HOME. I was so sad for them...SO---your Grandpa being home should help... You are right in giving him/them HOPE....

Sorry about your breathing problems.. Hope that is better soon. Hope also that your back/neck improves. Sounds like someone needs to HURRY up and get your good wheelchair BACK to you.

Hugs,
Betsy

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Happy for your grand father that he could go back to his house. Take care of your health.Hope your breathing problems are resolved soon.

Twilight Man said...

I am glad to hear that your grandpa has gone home happily.
Sometimes I also had sleeping and breathing problems which were directly caused by my bad sleeping positions. Take care Jeevan.