Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Progress

Mike is making progress.  He is no longer in the ICU.  He has been eating regular food for a couple of days.  Tubes for oxygen, kidney draining, bladder draining, and stomach pumping are all gone.

He still has an IV drip for some of his medications.  There is still some lingering infection and his heart rate never drops below 100.  He is weak, but he is doing physical therapy each day.

He looks like himself again...and he is getting a teeny bit cranky about having to be in the hospital so now I can believe he is going to be okay.

I have had a lot of support--my family, my friends, our neighbors, my blogging community, my library cohorts, and all my various writing pals have rallied around.

My dear friend Ginnie loaded me up with delicious comfort food.  My son took me out for a sandwich supper and a walk around funky downtown Burlington. Another friend is having me over tomorrow for a lunch and a tour of her garden.  The librarian brought me a copy of Anne Lamott's Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers.  I liked it so much I went out and bought my very own copy.

And the prayers and positive, healing thoughts--I gratefully accept these on Mike's behalf.  I am most fortunate to know two women who are conduits for the healing energy of the universe.  Mike believes in the medical treatments.  I do not discount them, but I wanted and needed more.

I came home today early and did some sewing and a bit of reading.  I almost feel normal again for whole minutes at a time!  The fear has been driven back for now.

Amen.

20 comments:

  1. Sounds like my dad, as soon as he got tired and cranky about being in the hospital we were certain he was on the mend. Must be a guy thing!

    Glad to hear you got some healing of your own. Take care!

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  2. Olga, so happy to hear that Mike is on the mend. It may still be a long haul, but with the support of your family and friends, you will both get through this. And yes, I'm sure that the better he feels, the sooner he will want out of the hospital and back home with you.

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  3. With all that he has gone through, and you too, this is GOOD news! "almost normal again for whole minutes" really expresses where you are and where you've been.

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  4. Great news! I hope he can come home soon. Crankiness is always a good sign. I will continue to keep you both in my thoughts and prayers.

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  5. Very good news. Sounds as though things are looking up. Hang in there. He'll be home before you know it.

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  6. I'm so glad things are looking better. What a relief. I'll continue to hold you both in my thoughts.

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  7. Cranky is good. Boy has that fellow been through it and so have you. So glad he is getting great care but just as important I am relieved that you have had such wonderful support. Hang in there lady. Will continue to keep you both in my prayers till he is home again and well on the way to recovery.

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  8. I truly hope the future holds nothing but good things and lots of health improvements. The Universe really can help. So glad you have friends to help lighten the load.

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  9. Good post. Eating and griping are good signs for those fighting illness. I do look forward to the post when you bring him home and then the post when he is getting around on his own! Listen to some soul restoring music now and again.

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  10. Wonderful to hear Mike is getting back to his old self slowly but surely.

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  11. Hooray!! I know it must be a tremendous relief to see him getting better!
    Peace,
    Muff

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  12. This *is* good news. WHen they get cranky... :-)

    Take some time. It is difficult being caregiver.

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  13. I am so glad that Mike is improving. It was scary back then, wasn't it. I believe God heard all of our prayers and is blessing Mike with a better prognosis. Blessings!

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  14. Olga I sense a great relief in your words and must say I too get your need to believe there's more to healing than just what science hands us! Positive vibes seem to be around for us to tap into.
    Glad you were able to not worry at least for a bit longer than before. The next stretch with hubby home will still be trying as crabby can annoy so stay your strong self!
    Here at our place we are getting back to a better pace as hubby gets lees weak. The toughest part is convincing him to be more physically active. He sleepd and then wants to head to his office to catch up. I give him space of a couple of hours dailt but he has to walk with me at least once and if possible twice. That's the key to his recvery.
    I am rooting for you to get back to a good place too:)

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  15. Olga I sense a great relief in your words and must say I too get your need to believe there's more to healing than just what science hands us! Positive vibes seem to be around for us to tap into.
    Glad you were able to not worry at least for a bit longer than before. The next stretch with hubby home will still be trying as crabby can annoy so stay your strong self!
    Here at our place we are getting back to a better pace as hubby gets lees weak. The toughest part is convincing him to be more physically active. He sleepd and then wants to head to his office to catch up. I give him space of a couple of hours dailt but he has to walk with me at least once and if possible twice. That's the key to his recvery.
    I am rooting for you to get back to a good place too:)

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  16. Saturday update:Mike is feeling stronger. His heart rate has slowed down--finally!...with new medication. They are really not sure about the swelling in his feet and now his left knee. They are treating it as gout, but the tests are far from definitive. They have ruled out new infection, which is good news. He got up with just my help today. (I was wondering if I could handle that, so it was a good test for both of us.) He has ordered a turkey burger, yogurt, and nutrition drinks (like my yogurt smoothies), which freaks me out a tad! I wonder if he will keep that up!? One of the ICU nurses talked with him for a long time about nutrition and the importance of food to health and it seemed like he was hearing her. His physical therapist is just wonderful. One of his doctors is deaf and has a severe muscular condition that affects his speech even more...and yet they seem to communicate quite well. It is impressive to observe. His kidney function has improved. His sense of humor is definitely intact although sometimes I have to explain it to staff. And he so wants to get better. I think that is extremely important.

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  17. Well, this is all good news. It is so hard to be sick and it is hard to be the person who loves the sick person. I know from the times I have been with my girl in the hospital that it is exhausting for everyone. And while I do like me my western medicine, I am totally glad you have friends who can access something a little different.

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  18. So glad to hear about Mikes progress. God is good!

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