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Day 4- On The Mend!

Paul is continuing to show remarkable improvement! He took several walks today and made it all the way to the other side of the unit! He is strong and steady on his feet. He is also experiencing very little pain. He is also only getting pain medication through his epidural and has not used his “pain button” all day. So it’s been slow and steady improvement!

They removed the central line from his neck and just put 2 IV lines in his arm. Since they are using different, less potent medications now the central line really isn’t necessary and can be a bit uncomfortable. The nurse snipped the stitches and took it out….I have to admit…it was a little gross……the tube in his neck was like 5″ long!! I was like, OMG! ha ha! She said “wait until you see when the wound drain tubes are removed!”….uhm….no thanks! I don’t have the stomach for nursing! But Paul said he didn’t feel a thing!

There was a student with the nurse when she removed this line. We were talking about how cool it is that this is a teaching hospital. The student was a little surprised to hear us say that and he mentioned that there have been patients that didn’t want him working on them. Really, there are a LOT of checks and balances with a teaching hospital. You have massive amounts of people checking and re-checking your charts and meds. There are a LOT of eyes on what is being done to the patients…..not to mention several heads making decisions on the best course of treatment. We like that idea!

The young student also mentioned he had the pleasure of being in the OR when Paul had his surgery and said he had the opportunity to ask Dr. Halff all kinds of questions about Paul’s anatomy and the Whipple procedure! ROFL! I got all excited knowing this kid had gotten to see my husband’s insides and he said it was really cool and educational! Now he gets to see Paul recover and get well again! So that was kind of neat 🙂

We also had some visitors! Our very good friend Kay (one of our accompanist in church and fellow Alto) drove up to visit and to take me to lunch! She got here about 11:30 and stayed and had a nice visit with Paul! She told him all about how his church choir is doing in his absence (all is well!) and how much everyone misses and wishes him well. Then Kay and I went to Black Eye Pea and I got to have a HUGE Cobb Salad! It was such a treat since I have been sustaining life on the chicken tenders from the cafeteria downstairs (O.o) and poor Kay was on a mission to get some vegetables in my system! It was delish!

While Kay and I were at lunch I got a call from the hotel I am staying at and they said I can STAY through the weekend!! Thank you Lord and all our good friends and family for offering and/or helping us out with my hotel situation! All resolved and I don’t have to ride a barka lounger in the hospital room!

Paul also spent some of his time working on The Producers score and surfing the net. He is able to move around pretty well considering!

Then to cap off his evening he got to visit with his friend Caleb. Caleb started as our real estate client several year ago and who knew! We ended up friends! So that really lifted Paul’s spirits since he hadn’t seen Caleb since he moved to the San Antonio area a couple of years ago! It was so great to spend time with him and hear all about his incredible family and how everyone is doing 😀

So that was a great way to end a great day! More tomorrow!


As Ready As I Am Gonna Get……

Well fortunately the planning and preparations are mostly complete. We got him to all the places he wanted to go and he ate all the foods he wanted to eat and he hugged all the people he wanted to hug so we MUST be ready! Our bags are packed, child care arranged, schedules written, rides arranged, food bought, dog food made and home cleaned and fresh sheets and towels for Grandma. The only thing we didn’t get arranged was the hotel room but we will take care of that once we get up there.

I have my bible, my music, my script and a good book….plus all of Paul’s medical information since the start of this entire adventure. The kids are doing pretty well. Rachel is a nervous wreck but there isn’t a whole lot that can be done about that. She has her Grandma here and her brother and all her friends. She does best with lots of communication so I imagine we will be burning up the text messages.

I’m to the point where I am becoming incapable of having coherent thoughts. I am finding myself more “scatter brained” and my mind bounces from one topic to the other. I am starting and not finishing sentences and starting more new ones…..I told Paul he better watch for me putting the butter in the freezer…..

But I am running out of things to do……the busy work is done….and now it’s time to just pray……I know my family is in good hands and my husband is in good hands……so now I will sit and fold my hands…….

Tomorrow we will meet with the Anesthesiologist to discuss Paul’s pain management then we will have the rest of the day to spend in San Antonio, one of our most favorite towns! Paul can still eat tomorrow but just small light meals. The the next morning they will go in there and “take out the only bad thing in him”! (quote from my mom!)

Exhaustion is setting in. Time to turn in. My last night in my own bed for a while. The last night having small, furry bodies pressed up against me……my sweet babies…..they are going to be so sad with us gone…..but I am going to miss them more.


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