Saturday, February 9, 2013


Hello all. (This will be new to some of you and repeat info for others of you since we are friends on facebook.) Glenn went the hospital Thursday night because he was having a severe headache, vision problems, and difficulty with his speech, along with the high blood pressure. Of course we suspected a stroke. The brain scan didn't show any signs of bleeding. He had an MRI last night to see if there is any hidden bleeding that the scan didn't show, but we don't know the results of that yet. The visual and communication symptoms didn't last more than 30-45 minutes. So far, the Dr.s are suggesting that it was either a TIA or a complex migraine.  He is also going to have an EEG. They don't do those on the weekends here so he might get released tomorrow and have it done in the office this week. I'm glad he is here for another night because the headaches and high blood pressure happen at night so as long as we're here it can be documented, but of course you know the body gets uncooperative at the wrong times and he doesn't have a headache tonight. Blood pressure is creeping up.( Is it bad for me to hope he gets a headache and high blood pressure tonight?) He has been feeling pretty well, especially after last night when he got a really good dose of Ativan IV so he could get through the MRI. I had gone home to get some things, but our daughter was with him, and she had some entertaining  stories to tell him about what he said and did while he was under the influence. :-)  And it lasted a long time, even into today. You know Ativan is his drug of choice so he was glad to get it, and he couldn't have gotten through the MRI with any less of a dose because he is claustrophobic and even then wanted to end the test early. He was able to finish probably because he was hallucinating and was able to be convinced to hang on a few minutes more.
I will probably give you an update in the next day or so. We are doing fine, although Thursday night was quite scary for us both. Thank you so much to those of you who already knew about all this and have been praying for us. You have to know that through your prayers God has been keeping us strong. He is always faithful.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Low platelets, high blood pressure and a new book out.

Friday, February 1st. Time flies, doesn't it?! And yet it drags when you don't want it to. Let's see, what's new to report? Well, not a whole lot. We went to the hematologist here in town who Glenn was seeing for a while  in tandem with the hematology/oncologist in G'ville and we had decided to stick with one, the one in G'ville. Anyway, we saw the local group today to see if they have any clue as to why Glenn's platelets stay down too low. The  Dr. we saw today really doesn't have a clue why. So that makes 3 so far (Dr.s who don't know why). He's running a blood test to see if it is ITP and if it is he can treat it. If it's not, we're back to the drawing board. I'll tell you what ITP is after I look it up and review it. I was reading about it the other day, but I don't retain anything that I read the first time, or the second time, for that matter. We also went to the Renal clinic today for Glenn's weekly shot for his anemia, and to talk to them about his blood pressure getting so high He is already on 3 meds for high blood pressure. Last night it was 189/86 at 6pm and 186/ 80 at 11:30. Last week he was prescribed some medicine to take when it gets too high. He took it at 6 but by 11:30 it was still high so he had to take another one. This morning his blood pressure was a very pleasant  131/74. But it is creeping up again. Along with the high bp is the headache. But hey, his LCDD levels are staying steady, so we have something to be positive about.  Actually, we are  quite pleased that he has been feeling as well as he has for the past few months. So these things aren't  urgent matters, just annoyances. (Speaking of annoyances, he continues to grow that beard. :-(  That's my feeling about it.)
It has been good hearing from some of you that you keep up with Glenn on this blog. We really do appreciate that you  want to keep up on what's going on with him. By the way, his second book has been published: "The Fine Art of Driving Customers Away". He will let everyone know who wants to buy it of when to order it on line so he can get it on the best-seller's list. If it gets high enough orders during any certain hour, it is named on the best-seller's list. He will set that date and time and let you know. Keep your eyes peeled for that info. Also, he is near the finish of his third book which is a fiction novel politically based. We'll let you know about that too, but that will be a few months away yet because of getting it done and edited and printed.
 ttfn  (That's ta-ta for now, for those of you who forgot or didn't know.)