Rain and pain and then D had another ministroke…

Thursday’s rain was predicted but it wasn’t predicted to go on all day and night. It wasn’t even cold but I lit the morning fire just to dry out the interior. I planned on just hanging around the Lair and nursing my back, which I kind of messed up (again) hauling rocks and sand the day before. Then around mid-morning L phoned to say D was apparently having another TIA and she was taking him to the hospital. (sidebar: whoever she spoke to at the hospital was insistent about sending an EMT and clearly didn’t understand the situation at all. People have tried to get ambulances out here before – not the best solution if the patient can get into a 4X4.)

Anyway, of course I assured them I’d take care of the animals which of course I did. It turned out (apparently, I mean who really knows) to be a transitory thing, maybe a shot across his bow in terms of blood pressure though I know he’s really been watching his pressure and it has slowly been coming down, plus in his experience as well as mine “blood pressure medicine” often comes with side-effects worse than the condition it’s supposed to treat. But this is really concerning; he’s been doing really well and apparently on the way to full recovery but now I’m worried we’re just going to have to get used to living on a knife edge.

Anyway, yesterday (and today) my back still hurts and there hasn’t been anything cheery to blog about. It’s just sort of midwinter.

About Joel

You shouldn't ask these questions of a paranoid recluse, you know.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Rain and pain and then D had another ministroke…

  1. Mike says:

    Joel, I’m sorry to hear about your friend D and I’m glad the dice rolled in his favour during the trip to emergency. The reason I say rolled the dice is the potential issues when driving a person with a potentially life-threatening issue as opposed to transporting via ambulance or helicopter.

    Sadly they will be living on the knife-edge and sooner or later will have to re-evaluate living way off the grid. It’s nice to think that you can just jump into the 4X4 and drive to energency. But, what if the TIA became a major stroke? Can L drive, monitor D’s vitals and can start life-saving treatment for D on the way to the emergency room?

    Going to be some hard choices ahead for D&L.

  2. Prayers for D that this was a one-off with complete healing. Sadly, I have to agree with the points that Mike made because DH and I had that exact experience. As DH’s physical and mental health declined, we finally had to decide to move back into town. After 20 years of living off-road and off-grid it was a tough transition, but the ongoing downhill decline made it clear that we made the right decision.

  3. RB ib GA says:

    When you have TIA’s, the side effects of the meds are truly secondary. Theyre commonly called mini-strokes for good reason. From my experiences as a RN, TIA’s rarely occur once, and often are a harbringer of a true CVA. I wish them both the best, but he really needs to follow whatever medical advice he’s gotten to the letter.

To the stake with the heretic!