It's hard to believe that it has been over a week now. The big news is that we think we have a handle on the coughing. Tim commented that he felt as if when he was outdoors for any length of time, the cold air triggered his coughing. It tripped a trigger in my brain, and I went on an internet search. I discovered cold induced coughs are a variant of asthma. They suggested running a humidifier, which we have been doing, 24-7.
After all this time: it helps. It does help. I've been bringing in the wood. I've been keeping Tim inside. (It is bitterly cold today). I marvel that the solution was so simple. We'll see if it is successful in the long term.
Tim has a follow-up appointment in Erie at the neurology clinic. After all the craziness to be seen, he got in pretty quickly, so that's a good thing. I'll be interested to hear what they say. As usual, I've got questions. Lots and lots of questions. It will feel good to have someone to pose them to.
We've got a lead on a PCP, finally. The contact system is so outdated here. Her name was given to me, and I looked her up. The internet provided her number. When I called, the answer was curt. "We are not accepting new patients." Turns out she left the practice years back and struck out on her own. Unfortunately, I got this information a bit late in the game. I will have to call Monday. Say a little prayer that she is accepting new patients.
Tim is different, and the changes are small. Sometimes there is a slight stammer. Today, he couldn't figure out how to open a text on his phone. He brought the phone to me saying, "I haven't used the phone for so long, I guess I've forgotten." His voice is a bit different. He is tired a lot. He still gets a hand tremor when he's tired. Sometimes he needs help with his computer.
But...he remembers. He changed spigots out, just because he needed something to occupy him. He knows whose rent is due, what bills are due, when the garbage man comes, stuff like that. He picked up the phone and called his friend from memory. He remembers little details without being reminded.
We are pretty lucky.