Today Charles had the follow-up appointment with the ear-nose and throat specialist.
The good news is there are no growths in the throat causing the soreness and pain he was having. The problem is acid reflux and the hiatal hernia - to be treated with meds and some diet changes.
The bad news is he has a very bad sinus problem that must be taken care of. It's a chronic problem with the air passages ...and infection requiring antibiotics for the next 10 days. Surgery will be necessary to fix this problem but first the infection must be taken care of. He's had this condition for a good long while now...this narrowing of the nasal passages.
...These are problems that , hopefully, can be taken care of pretty easily.
So I am thankful . Things could have been a lot worse .
To illustrate how much the family all look to my husband for advice and help in any situation, I 'd like to relate this little tidbit that occurred over the weekend!
I had talked to my daughter, Tammy, and she was telling me she thought they had the problem of mold under their house again, because there was this horrible smell! They have bought an old house in Orlando and it had , had some plumbing problems in the past - thus the mold incident last year!...Terry (son-in-law)
had taken care of it with some sort of spray treatment. Well, they seemed to have the problem
Terry, naturally, had to go under the house to investigate. What he found was not a moldy condition...but... a Dead Cat! At least he thought it to be a cat...was hard to be sure at the point of decomposition it was in! And right under Zach's bedroom! :(
At this point Terry felt the need to call Charles for advice. He called, saying, "'This is one of those WWGD type calls!" Now- in case you're confused about this -to the family this means, "What Would Gabbo Do!" :) Gabbo has all the answers.
Charles told him what he would do is crawl under the house with a garbage can lid with a rope attached and get the dead animal loaded up and then pull the lid out. There was not enough room to dig a deep hole to bury it there! (Besides- that would be creepy- right under my grandson's room!)
Yikes! What an unpleasant task! I didn't get back with Terry to see how it went but I'm sure he managed it ok!
(This is a recent picture of Tammy, Terry and Zach.)
This Thanksgiving we have much to be thankful for.