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#1 metoo

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 07:00 AM

Hey Doug!

I am hoping you will pop in sometime and say hi and give us an update!

We are concerned that you have not been around for a while...

Please come and let us know how your wife is!

The dementians send positive vibes in your general direction!
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Posted 18 January 2007 - 07:04 AM

Yeah.

/me sends them vibes in big quantities

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 07:06 AM

/me sends up smoke signals with a whole bunch of positivity

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 07:07 AM

sending you and your family lots of love Doug...xxxx

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 07:08 AM

Ok, I checked the car forum and found a post from him from Sunday. He says he is going out of town, so hopefully thats where he is now, and why we havent heard from him


So an update from Doug from Sunday:

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Not a bad day today. She starts out pretty chirpy each day but by nightfall she's wiped out. Condition remains the same, but a couple of tiny improvements I suppose only I would notice. Shared them with her which pleased her.

Bit of a downer, she goes back into theatre tomorrow for the surgeon to try re-close the trachy hole. I tried my best to convince the docs not to install the trachy if humanly possible because she heals really badly, but lost.

This is going to go on for awhile so I couldn't put some work tasks on hold and I have to go out of town for a couple of days. I've asked the family to watch over her but still, it's going to eat me up, this is not something that lends itself to delegation. Posted Image I tried to joke encouragingly about it, saying I expected her to walk down to the hospital entrance to meet me when I got back, but that made her cry because she's also feeling the pressure from the lack of progress......... oops. Posted Image


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Posted 18 January 2007 - 07:16 AM

Hey Doug!

I am hoping you will pop in sometime and say hi and give us an update!

We are concerned that you have not been around for a while...

Please come and let us know how your wife is!

The dementians send positive vibes in your general direction!



What is wrong with Doug's wife?

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 07:20 AM

She had a kidney transplant a few years ago and is still very much unwell. For the full story go here http://www.cartoday....13;t=222897;p=1
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Posted 18 January 2007 - 07:25 AM

She had a kidney transplant a few years ago and is still very much unwell. For the full story go here http://www.cartoday....13;t=222897;p=1



Oh my word, how does someone deal with that pain, feeling helpless - knowing that you cannot do anything to help the one you love.

Doug and family will definitely be in my prayers!!!

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 07:33 AM

[me]* Dr_Mullet sends all his positive vibes Doug's way[/me]
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Posted 18 January 2007 - 10:25 PM

Hi all, I'm baaack. Posted Image

My post of a few weeks back disappeared off the bottom of the new posts page so fast I figured you guys weren't up for a downer so early in the new year, so I let it go. Guess I was wrong.

Thanks for the email metoo and for the sentiments expressed above. Vibes duly received. :D

If you would like, I'll post the updates here as well?

Here's tonight's:

Yikes it was tough being away and sleep was not on my agenda. My company also has a substantial phone bill to pay from the hotel to the hospital and to family members at the hospital.

Especially tough because after the 1/2 hour trachy hole repair operation, that took 2 hours, Terry was wisked straight back to ICU. The doctors say it was a precaution but I don't think they're telling me everything, because it took the ward and my daughters waiting in the ward for her to return, totally by surprise.

Nevertheless, whatever happened, Terry took it in her stride (not that she can stride yet), and when we had our happy re-union today, still in ICU, there was a marked improvement from Monday. She's actually using her arms and hands pretty well now and reached out and took the glass of water from next to the bed and drank, unaided, to show me. She's also feeding herself, although she says this involves much chasing of the food around the plate before getting a hold of it. Watch out kitten, your days are numbered. Posted Image

Terry has a new Physio lady and has much faith in her. The 1st Physio guy may have quit which may have had something to do with my getting in his face, I don't know. Day after day of lifting her out of bed and telling her to stand, and when she couldn't, putting her back in bed and saying "never mind, we'll try again tomorrow", got up my nose. Maybe he was expecting something miraculous to happen overnight, without him having to do his job and exercise her legs. Anyway, the new lady's been giving Terry's legs a good workout and she stood alone today (holding on to something of course), for a full 30 second count. May not sound like much but that's pretty excellent progress.

Over and above this, her face is now very 'normal' and not the face of a sick patient anymore, her voice is stronger and the fogginess in her eyes is gone.

Painful as it was, the break lifted both our spirits. Allowing me to see a step-change in her condition and her to proudly demonstrate it. Hard to see because it's still so far away, but I think someone just switched on the light at the end of the tunnel. :lol:
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Posted 19 January 2007 - 05:58 AM

Oh what excellent news Doug!

I really appreciate the updates, and if it is not too much trouble, would love you to post them here.

Send our love to Terry! I hope that our positive vibes account for atleast some of the improvement!!!
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Posted 19 January 2007 - 06:04 AM

Freakin woot! :D

Very cool DD and of course we'd love to see updates.
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Posted 19 January 2007 - 06:07 AM

That's great dews Doug! I'm really glad things are improving. Send my love and good vibes to your wife for me :D
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Posted 19 January 2007 - 06:19 AM

:hug: Thanks for the update Doug. Don't ever presume that we don't want to hear from you - we do and we'll send metoo to hunt you down if you disappear like that again! Capiche?

Love and hugs to you and your wife and your family!

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 06:20 AM

hey!!! oh wow... its so good to hear from you...
we're all with you and Terry.... send her love from your mad forum-mates... give her big fat kisses from us xxx

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 08:41 PM

No change other than being moved out of ICU and back to a general ward today. For someone with zero mobility, she sure gets around. ;)
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Posted 19 January 2007 - 11:13 PM

Doug,

Good to hear that your wife is recovering so well. Also wishing you and your family all the strength needed and deserved mate.

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Posted 20 January 2007 - 03:26 PM

I was doing some shopping this morning including getting some fruit to make Terry a fresh fruit salad, which made me late getting to the hospital. Next thing I get a call on my cellphone from a ward sister. "WTF! What's happened!?" I say. No nothing, your wife wants to know where you are, she wants to discuss Christmas.

Well, its official, tomorrow is now Christmas 2006. ;) No fancy foods and Champers, that will come later, just the whole family, summoned with all their gifts for one another, to have Christmas in Terry's ward. :)

So, finally, merry Christmas everyone. :)
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Posted 20 January 2007 - 03:30 PM

LOL, I smiled when I read your last posting Doug. Your wife is well on the path of recovery now.

Merry Christmas 2006 to you and family as well. ;)

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Posted 21 January 2007 - 09:30 PM

Christmas today was kinda surreal but fun. Terry being the only patient in the ward (which was what probably sparked the idea), we shut the door and took over the place.

Terry loved watching everyone opening the gifts she had so carefully chosen. A bright sunny day in her recent life of storms. Poor girl struggled to get the wrapping off her gifts, every one useless until she gets out of there, but wouldn't allow any help.

During her fuzzy period of the past few weeks she expressed 2 fervent wishes, firstly to go home and secondly to see the sea again and walk once more on her most beloved beaches. Can't do much about the 1st, but I could happily inform her I've booked 2 weeks at her favourite seaside spot in March, giving her 7 weeks to become beachworthy again. She's filled with trepidation but is going to give it her best shot and her Physio promised to help.

On the health front, nothing dramatic but she's a little more independant every day. The trachy-hole surgeon reckons she has to go back to theatre again this week, and maybe again after that until they get the bloody thing to heal. ;) Damn anti-rejection drugs!!
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