How time flies when you’re sleeping in your hospital room! I can’t believe it’s already Friday. The Heparin drip continues to work at dissolving the blood clots in my lung while the Flagil works at killing the E. Coli (nasty bacteria) in my liver. It seems to be a rather slow process but at least I have pain medication that enables me to patiently wait for the drugs to work. After the deathly pain of Monday and Tuesday I am just happy to simply be free of pain and able to talk and laugh with friends and family. I have also been walking some laps around the hospital floor- I need my dreadlocks!

Monday-Wednesday afternoon I was on the 3rd floor in the telemetry unit of the hospital- not that I had any heart problems but it was the only bed in the inn! On Wednesday morning the nurse shift occurred and when the new nurse, Erica, entered the room she looked at me and said “you look familiar.” I said “You came to visit me in my room last December and asked me to pray for you and your family”. She looked a little startled. We ended out having a good day tphoto-132.jpgogether with several conversations about faith. On Wednesday afternoon I was transfered to the 4th floor, the Oncology floor where I usually am. On Thursday morning, to our surprise, Erica stopped in my room and gave us fresh raspberries and homemade raspberry jam. She reluctantly agreed to pose in a picture with our prizes.

Thursday afternoon I felt pretty good and had several visitors. I realize that when several people come at the same time it is awkward for everyone- no one gets the personal time they were hoping for. After talking it over with Heather we decided it’s best to have friends call ahead to my cell or just show up knowing that if other friends are already visiting then you may have to wait 15 minutes or so. The reason we went to the trouble to talk about this is because I will be in the hospital until at least Tuesday, July 3rd. I need to have 5 days of Heparin at a certain dose and then we will have a chemo session before I leave. Fortunately I can watch Wimbledon over the weekend.

Yesterday Skip Li and Doug Lee got to meet again. It turns out they had met 10 years earlier at a New Horizons function at the Lee’s house. I don’t think either one of them remembered meeting the other there. They had a great time connecting yesterday and I asked Skip if he could write a short blog about the time together. Dr Alex Reed, my gastroenterologist also stopped in and checked on my ostomy.

Today I also had visits from Bert, Patricia, Ian with amazing treats of flowers and raspberrys from their garden; Dave, my long time Starbucks brother; Ingrid, my sister-in law; and Emanuel, my buddy from EKG monitoring here at Northwest. I also had another CT scan so we can compare the lung and liver from the CT scan taken earlier this week. My liver tube is leaking so we may end up moving the liver tube to enhance drainage of the liver abscesses. I guess you could say I had a pretty busy day.

Overall I am feeling very good- and feel no rush to leave the hospital. Although it feels like I have been in the hospital for the last 3 weeks, I really want to make sure we have things stabilized and we are back on chemo.

Heather spent the night with me last night and we had a great time. I just love it when she is able to stay with me- especially when she climbs in my bed! All the nurses seem to have gotten used to this although when its lights out she jumps back into her cot.

God is good, all the time, God is good. Somehow I feel this even stronger after the trials of the past week.

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  1. Kathy Riper on June 29, 2007 5:56 pm

    Hi Don,

    What a pleasant surprise for you to connect with nurse Erica again! It is such good news to hear that you are feeling better. I couldn’t help smiling when I read about how much you love having Heather stay the night and gets to snuggle in bed with you.

    Yesterday morning I was listening to the Christian radio station KCMS. One of the morning DJ’s, Samantha, shared a lovely verse that she had been reading the night before. It is 1 Peter 1:6:

    6In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

    God bless you Don. Thank you for sharing your life with us. You are an inspiration to me. I pray that you continue to feel better each day.

    Kathy

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