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8 Years of Wedded Bliss!

 Today is our 8th wedding anniversary…..celebrating a day that was truly one of the best days of my life. We don’t have a lot of pictures from that day….it was very casual….no professional photographer…..no fancy reception…..in fact, we were married in front of our churches Vacation Bible School prop…a HUGE paper mache volcano! Some of the church ladies offered to cover it with large screens but we said “No way!” and just went with it! I even tailored my flowers to go with the Hawaiian theme.

It was a beautiful ceremony….Paul belonged to the CC Flute Club and they played for the wedding….we were married by one of our favorite people, Pastor Thom…the children played a special role of course with Daniel walking me down the aisle and Rachel as our flower girl…..all 4 of us agreeing to blend our special family and fill it with love for one another….and we shared our love with our very special friends and family at FUMC Rockport. After enjoying cake and punch at the church we went to the church parsonage to enjoy a real Texas style BBQ. It was a wonderful day….but nothing compared to the wonderful 8 years I have been blessed to share with the love of my life.

I know not everyone finds this….frankly, I wasn’t sure I was going to find it…..that one person that is perfect for you. Not saying we haven’t had some stressful moments but our marriage is an anomalie. No fighting, no arguing….sure some disagreements but we always talk it out. We have never gone to bed angry. Honestly, it’s difficult for me to think of any times we HAVE been angry at each other. Crazy I know but true. He is my best pal. The one person I want to spend my time with more than anyone. Going to Disney World or going to the grocery store, he’s my best friend and we have fun no matter where we are. We have giggled at more than one funeral because we always bring out the best in each other. We have gone through this life helping the other up when we stumble, encouraging each other and cheering each other on. We have even kicked each other in the butt when necessary.

Even before we were presented with our biggest challenge ever, cancer, I told him many times I could die tomorrow and he should know he has made my life complete. That I have the BEST of what love and marriage is supposed to be. And of course I feel that way now more than ever. No matter what happens I will never have an ounce of regret. I will cherish these last 8 years and every moment we have from here on out….knowing I will go every step of the way with the one true love of my life ❤

–L

Day 3- AM Update

Dr Halff and his chief resident just came in to visit. They said Paul is doing well and they are happy he wants to get up and move around. That will help his system get up and running again. I asked him when he thought Paul would get discharged and he said Wednesday or Thursday of next week. That surprised both of us.

Everything we read indicated a 7-10 day recovery period so this SHOULDN’T come as a shock to us….but the recovery times are based on they typical patient and that is a person 65-70 years old. It certainly isn’t unrealistic to expect a person 30 years younger than that to recover faster so we pretty much banked on a Monday release date.

But we did plan for this…….

So hopefully I can find a hotel room SOMEWHERE in San Antonio through Sunday and I will have to come home on Monday….with or without him…….

He assured me he would be fine for a day or two and I will just have to drive back up to retrieve him once he is released. I HATE the idea of him being here alone under ANY circumstances so I may drive back and forth those days…..I don’t know……that is still very fluid at the moment……it all depends on how he is coming along……and how much a gallon of gas costs! ha ha!

Now as Dr. Halff left the room, his chief resident (who has been caring for Paul since we checked in and I have to say, we REALLY like him!) leaned over and whispered “Monday….he is recovering much faster than most patients!” so we will see….a Monday release date would be optimal for us BUT we ARE prepared to deal if it ends up being Wednesday or Thursday. We both recognize this isn’t something that can be rushed….

So for those worrying that he is going to overdo don’t worry….I got him on a leash and he isn’t going ANYWHERE until I am CONFIDENT I can care for him on my own….I Promise! No rushing this……

And I saw the boo boo……oh man….they gutted my poor baby…….it starts right at the sternum and goes straight down, around the belly button and about another 2″ below that……it’s HUGE and he is all stapled up like Frankenstein! But there is no seeping and no redness (they are really pumping the antibiotics in him!) and everything looks pretty healthy (to my untrained eye). He has some soreness but that’s from getting in and out of bed and is perfectly normal. They love that he is up and moving around!

He also got the IV in his hand removed, they took him off the oxygen and he go a bath from a cute nurse so it’s a banner day so far for Paul! He is resting now and hopefully we will take a little stroll later on! Thanks again for all the well wishes and prayers!!

Made It To San Antonio!!

So this morning we got up, enjoyed coffee and packed up the car. The kids got ready for school and our Pastor came over and we all prayed together then we hit the road! You know, you would have no idea we were heading towards a major abdominal surgery by the way we behave…..we have always said….we can have fun at a funeral….in fact, we HAVE had fun at a funeral….that’s just us….anyone who know’s us know’s this. So he plugs in his phone and says “Let me entertain you!” and off we go into the day with our soundtrack from The Producers….talk about FUN! I am totally geeking out for that show too!

So we made it to the hospital in plenty of time, which was good because the construction around here is horrible. What a mess. So we got to the anesthesiologist office, waited almost 2 hours (!) and finally met with an adorable young resident who had a great sense of humor so Paul had some fun with him. We covered all the bases and Paul is as healthy as a horse and is a very low risk for complications. It looks like he will be getting an epidural with a PCA (Patient Controlled Anesthetic) for pain control after the surgery. He will have a sore throat from the tube and will have a couple of drain tubes and a port in his chest for medications. He will be fully awake in 2-3 hours then they will send him to ICU for a day or two then to a private room.

The one thing that really struck me was how revered Paul’s surgeon is. He made it very clear we were very lucky to have Dr. Halff doing this surgery and that he is amazing. Like I said from the beginning, this is the guy I want to have his hands on my hubby’s insides! He knows his way around! So that was very comforting…..So then Paul had some blood drawn and we strolled on out into the day!

We found a hotel close to the hospital that we could book through Thursday. We are both secretly hoping he will be discharged on Friday. If not, I will find a room somewhere else or just drive or whatever…..it will work out….

So we are going to get a bite to eat and enjoy one of our favorite towns, gorgeous San Antonio!!

Meet The Surgeon!

Paul has an appointment with Dr Halff on Thursday Mar 25th at 10:30 am. We will be discussing his course of treatment following the meeting of the Pancreatic Tumor Board on the 22nd. I Googled him and found this article from 2 years ago. Read this guys bio….. he sounds pretty much like “The Mac Daddy” to me! –L

 

 

Dr. Glenn Halff named the new acting medical dean

Posted: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 · Volume: XLII · Issue: 2

Glenn A. Halff, M.D., is director of the University Transplant Center, a University Health System and UT Health Science Center partnership. clear graphic
Glenn A. Halff, M.D., is director of the University Transplant Center, a University Health System and UT Health Science Center partnership. clear graphic
 

Glenn A. Halff, M.D., has been named the acting dean of the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, effective Feb. 2, 2009.

The announcement was made Jan. 20 in a joint announcement by President Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., and William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs. Dr Henrich will become interim president of the Health Science Center on Feb. 2 when Dr. Cigarroa becomes chancellor of The University of Texas System.

Director of the University Transplant Center
Dr. Halff is a professor in the Department of Surgery, the director of the University Transplant Center, a University Health System and UT Health Science Center partnership, and holds the Dielmann Chair in Transplant Sciences. He is a native San Antonian, received his B.A. from Emory and his medical degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Following his residency and a chief residency in general surgery at New York University, Dr. Halff became a transplantation fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. He is Board Certified in Surgical Critical Care and General Surgery.

Part of team that performed first split-liver transplant in South Texas
As director of the University Transplant Center, Dr. Halff leads talented and dedicated physicians, nurses and staff who conduct liver, lung, kidney and pancreatic transplants. Upon joining the university in 1992, he began a liver transplant program that has grown to one of the largest in the nation. Along with Dr. Cigarroa, he performed the first split-liver transplant in South Texas. Dr. Halff has served as the interim chair of the Department of Surgery and is highly respected by the Health Science Center’s clinical partners, the leadership of the School of Medicine and Health Science Center faculty.

“We are confident Dr. Halff will be an effective leader for the School of Medicine and we are grateful for his enthusiastic embrace of his new role,” Dr. Cigarroa said.

Thanks For Coming To My Pity Party!

Well that was fun…..NOT! Well, I allow myself a freak out now and again…..it’s to be expected…..do not be alarmed….move along people….move along….nothing to see here…..

No actually, I have a great supporter in my mom……she listens …..and understands more than any human ever should..

…and once again, God provides…

…. my friend calls me out of the blue and we chat a bit and she says she is sending me everything I need for a living will and other assorted documents concerning our house and community property laws, etc. We can amend them as needed, we will sign them and she will notarize them and we are all set 🙂 She had no idea I was stressing out about all that….just happened to call me at that moment……that’s how my God rolls ….

So the Klemms will be celebrating St. Paddys Day at Pepito’s this evening….my husband is making a few bucks at a job today and declared that we were eating out tonight! And he wanted Pepito’s and of course, I indulge his every whim so to Pepito’s we go! I will just have to suffer through Fresh Jumbo Texas Gulf Coast Shrimp Quesidillas, home-made guacamole and Texas Gulf Coast Margaritas….hey, they are GREEN! !

So Happy St. Paddy’s Day to you!

Kiss an Irishman!

Or in my case a Scot-Irishman!

Or take your chances on a random Ginger…odds are good they are Irish!

Or Kiss an Irish Setter!

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