Health update

Countess is in the hospital – she has had a serious cold or the flu the past few days.   This morning she indicated  she was having trouble breathing and needed an ambulance.   It was serious enough they admitted her.  It sounds like her condition is getting worse.   If you believe in the power of prayer, this would be the time to ask God for help.

I have the same malady, but not yet as serious – but it is a struggle even to go to the bathroom or fetch water.  I may wind up in trouble if I fall and nobody knows…

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32 Responses to Health update

  1. Fred Stiening says:

    Today, a nurse is coming to evaluate my situation. For a week, I have been walking to the bathroom and shower. Yesterday, with my health assistant at my side, I walked outside to the car.

    The relutance of the hospital to release me was the lack of anyone at home to take care of me. They wanted physical therapy and occupational therapy to make sure I can take care of myself. Since I was released, I have lost 20 pounds of fluid. My legs are back to almost normal.

    Countess is not back to normal. She has no energy or stamina and has spent most of the past two weeks in bed. She said she feels like she still has the flu.

  2. Fred Stiening says:

    Connecting two unrelated things – the nursing student helping me today goes to UNC-Charlotte. I asked her if she has ridden the light rail. She said she did it once. In her car, she can be down in uptown in 25 minutes, and the light rail takes 45 minutes. Even though it is “free” for students, she has no plans to ride it again.

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      Wonder if she and her colleagues would ride it if they slow it down to half speed so that it takes 90 minutes instead of 45 minutes …. all to reduce carbon emissions in the name of global warming, of course.

      • Fred Stiening says:

        The logical response is to restrict parking on campus or increase the cost. UNC-Charlotte is primarily a commuter college to train bankers and nurses. There is relatively little on-campus housing and a lot of parking garages.

        She lives in Gastonia, which doesn’t really have a way to get to uptown Charlotte in order to catch the light rail. So my notion that the student use will be limited to going on the weekends to party seems accurate.

        • CC1s121LrBGT says:

          Fred, you’re not thinking like a Democrat. The logical response would be to extend the light rail to Gastonia! 😉

          Seriously, I spend decades pondering whether Democrat leaders were stupid, or very smart at tricking and exploiting stupid and uneducated people. After their slow coupe attempt starting in 2016, I think the answer is clear.

          I’ve made fun of this rail service before, but it is absolutely brilliant to offer “free” rides to college students so that there is no measurement of ridership in the revenue numbers. Easy to say every train was packed with students, but we only collected $5 for the train ride. Unless you are there and watch, they can present any false narrative and false figures on usage/ridership and the taxpayers can be deceived indefinitely. Absolutely brilliant.

          • Fred Stiening says:

            The extension of light rail to Gastonia is in the planning stages, but Gastonia itself has a feeble local transit system with routes that run once an hour roughly from 6 AM to 6 PM. Not using a car requires an end to end solution.

        • Fred Stiening says:

          CATS, the regional bus service has route 85x, which has four inbound trips (into Charlotte) in the morning and 4 outbound trips in the afternoon. So if you have a 2 PM class at UNCC, you can spend 5 hours in Uptown drinking lattes in Starbucks.

        • CC1s121LrBGT says:

          Here is how Chicago keeps up its mass transit ridership numbers…. and augments its budget so that ticket prices can remain below cost:

          • Fred Stiening says:

            Despite my car only being parked in the private lot of my apartment complex out near the airport, I knew I needed a City of Chicago parking sticker. The rationale is the money is used to maintain the city streets. I believe the 1,500 unit complex was required by the city to notify the city of all new leases. If I lived a block away (outside the city limits), no need to have the sticker.

            Back in the 1990s, there were stories of cars going from the impound lot after only a few days to the car crushers. Parking prices in the loop are insane.

            • CC1s121LrBGT says:

              “City stickers” for city slickers. Now far can the Dems go before people in big cities realize what they are doing to them?

              Detroit and Caracas come to mind.

              Aside from the big cities, the USA is entirely Republican.

  3. Parrott says:

    Woo Hoo , I am glad Fred. I hope you keep getting better and Countess also !
    I saw some posts from Brian also, so that’s good also.
    I know there has been a lot of good prayers for you and Countess from the SRG extended family. We needed some good Christmas news.

    Chairman, I haven’t had a flu shot since 2013. Mrs Parrott 2014. We have been good, wash our hands a lot and use hand sanitizer a lot. Being careful of what we touch. Use gloves when pumping gasoline ( I’m the only one that fills our vehicles) .
    I get what I call a ‘edge’ of a cold. I can smell it at night sometimes, My nieces get off the bus here at our home from school. They bring colds, but I haven’t caught a full blown cold in years. Just keep your hands clean and watch what you touch. seriously.
    you won’t miss the flu shot.

  4. Fred Stiening says:

    So things are much improved.

    #1 – I am home

    Charlotte Mercy was a Catholic charity hospital from 1906 to 1995, when it was sold to what is now Atrium / Carolina Medical, a “non-profit” in name only. I wound up there, In part because this is “spend medical dollars before they expire” season. Mercy is used for overflow for people primarily needing observation and basic nursing skills.

    I now have a home health aid who is cleaning me up and stabilizing the household situation. That should take a lot of pressure off Countess

    • TheChairman says:

      That’s good news!! Earlier today my wife had asked if anyone had an update on you and Countess. We were hoping you would be back at home for Christmas.

      Just out of curiosity, did either of you get a flu shot prior to your illness? Neither of us gets one. CVS and Walgreens always push to get it, but we say ‘no thanks’.

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      Glad to hear that, Fred. Welcome home and Merry Christmas to you and Countess.

  5. Fred Stiening says:

    I really seriously need everyone’s help. I am staying at the Carolina Medical Center Mercy hospital on Vail Avenue in Charlotte, in room 4108.

    Their stupidity is killing me – literally. My total calorie input yesterday was probably under 200, because they have put me on a crazy restricted diet which Allows no sugar fat or salt. The menu Clerk tells me that you sure I can get this or get that but then the powers that be stripped it out and give me a big bowl of cantaloupe. This is not a joke .

    Since countess is not yet fully up to speed, we need some people who know me know my opinions about “healthy food“ screaming at the administrators at this hospital to get rid of this restricted diet – the cardio position is the one who has the ultimate say . Whether I drink a glass of milk is not going to harm the outcome of my current situation, But lack or any food that’s within the realm of my diet capabilities is going to kill me or certainly damage the chances of a positive outcome.

    The next step in this game I’m pretty sure it’s going to be forced feeding. That’s probably going to increase my pulse rate and my blood pressure – the scenes are all rated

    • Fred Stiening says:

      I just got the food restriction lifted. I also succeeded in getting an ubereats order delivered to my room.

      • TheChairman says:

        So apparently, it can be a challenge to get their switchboard to answer if calling from outside the area… saw some complaints about this in reviews of the hospital. Yelp reviews are not very good, running 50:50 at 5 star vs. 1 star. Numerous complaints.

        Fred, are you receiving adequate caloric intake at this point?

    • TheChairman says:

      Wow! I guess the welfare check needed to be done at that hospital… unreal.

  6. Parrott says:

    Oh thank you for letting us know, Fred.
    Ignore my email messages, we just wanted to know you were okay. Even though you aren’t okay. You are somewhere where someone is helping you and Countess.
    You know what I mean, I think.
    we were worried ,
    will leave you alone until you reach out on here

  7. Fred Stiening says:

    So I am in the hospital too

    We caught the same flu and both of us are in atrial defibrillation that is not tesolvong

  8. Parrott says:

    Okay maybe Briand75 can help help us if he happens to look at the blog here.
    I be back in a short

  9. Parrott says:

    Chairman : Have you heard from Fred ?
    CC: Have you heard anything ?

    anyone? I hope they are okay.

  10. Parrott says:

    Holy Cow. Fred, you and Countess are in our prayers.
    keep us posted

  11. TheChairman says:

    Anyone home? Are you okay Fred?

  12. TheChairman says:

    Sorry to hear about Countess and you. I’ll pass the news to my wife for prayer.

    Perhaps advise a neighbor of your situation so they can check-in occasionally.

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