Thursday, July 4, 2013

Good News and Bad News…


Thanks to our wonderful neighbor, our heat pump is working again. The problem was with a component called a capacitor. Jay, our neighbor came over on Tuesday to borrow an air tank and Tom, my husband told him that our heat/air system had died on us. Coincidentally, Jay's system had also gone on the fritz around the same time that ours stopped working. He had already had the HVAC repairman check his unit and the problem with his was the compressor. Jay said that the repairman checked the capacitor first as that is one of the most common causes of HVAC failure but his capacitor was good. Luckily, Jay observed the repairman while he was checking the capacitor and offered to check ours. He took the capacitor out of ours, replaced it with the good one from his system and our a/c started right up. Jay let us use his capacitor Tuesday night since he had to wait for the compressor for his system to be replaced, then he and hubby went to a HVAC supply store Wednesday and bought a new capacitor for our system. After getting used to indoor temps in the upper 90's, we have set our thermostat on 80, instead of the usual 72 and it feels damn good in here!

Now for the bad news. Last week, Tom had to get a CT scan to see if the abscess on his chest is coming from the open heart surgery he had last December. Everything was okay, in that regard. As we have been telling the wound specialist from the beginning, it was just a skin boil that was slow to heal due to hubby's diabetes and his being on blood thinners. However, the CT scan showed that Tom has a tumor measuring 30x35mm on his left adrenal gland. It is most likely a benign adenoma but Tom will need more testing before we will know for sure. Even if the tumor is benign, these tumors can still cause health problems. He is scared and depressed with this latest diagnosis and is very worried about how we are going to afford more trips to specialists.

If anyone could possibly buy an ink pen, (NO DONATIONS, PLEASE) it would help us with transportation costs and also help Tom, emotionally. He hasn't worked on a new pen for awhile but whenever one sells it always encourages him to make another one. He really needs a hobby to keep him in a positive state of mind. Usually, he has his garden to keep him busy in the summer but all of the rain we have had ruined his plants so he has just been sitting around the house which isn't good for his health.

Please pray or send positive thoughts that the tumor is benign and that it doesn't cause hubby any more health problems.

Thanks for all of the help. It really means a lot to us.

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