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Posted 22 January 2007 - 05:54 AM

/me sends healing to all the right places, so that Terry gets both her wishes xxx

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Posted 22 January 2007 - 06:05 AM

Hey Doug!

Thanx for the updates. Tell Terry will all the positive vibes from Dementia. she's bound to be fit enough for her trip to the sea....
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Posted 22 January 2007 - 06:31 AM

Awww Doug! Happy Christmas 2006 to you, Terry and the family. It sounds like she is well on her path of healing and I hope that her two wishes come true!

All the best! :hug:
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Posted 22 January 2007 - 06:35 AM

So glad to hear you guys had a good Christmas after all. I'm sure both her wishes will come true ;)

/me sends some more good vibes
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Posted 22 January 2007 - 09:31 PM

Bad day today. ;)

First thing in the morning, the throat surgeon tells Terry she has to go back to theatre today for the 4th time.

1 to put in the trachy
2 to take out the trachy and close the hole
3 to have another go at closing the hole
4, today, see 3.

Then he leaves her all day to stew over it and they only collects a terrified her at 17h00. I get word she's going back to ICU, so I pack all her stuff from the ward and unpack it in her assigned ICU cabinet. Then I wait to meet her as she exits the theatre area and they tell me the doc says she's ok, she can go back to the ward. So we are parted, her to the ward and me to ICU. Hmph!

4 operations on the same spot in less than a month! Believe me, that makes for some seriously raw meat and Terry is in PAIN.

The days saving grace was I had to listen to her tell me proudly several times how should stood alone today, while the Physio and assisting nurses clapped and cheered. :)
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Posted 23 January 2007 - 06:04 AM

Well thats good and bad news. I hope this is the last time they have to try and close the hole. Good news that they did not find it necessary to send her to ICU!

Soon she will be dancing again Doug, let alone stand!
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Posted 23 January 2007 - 06:12 AM

Aaah doug that's such blappy news. (bleak happy).

Very glad for Terry that she's managing to carry on... I'd be sorely tempted to punch the doctor in the ear at this point. Still, at least she seems to be getting better.
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Posted 23 January 2007 - 06:47 AM

Doug hang in there, I know it's not easy......we are all thinking of you and Terry. Sending lots and lots of love your way

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 10:28 AM

Terry is recovering ok from her latest throat op and is able to eat and swallow again now.

Strange coincidence: Just before she fell ill, she received a 'missed call' from an old work colleague from where she used to work several years ago, before her health packed up. She mentioned it over the weekend, so I checked her phone and called the number. Turns out someone was just messing with the phone and dialled her number by mistake. Nevertheless the colleague was shocked to hear about Terry's misfortune and has spread the word. Over the last few days, she's had a steady stream of old workmates visit (pre-warned by the colleague not to show their shock at her condition), which has lifted her spirits big time. Can't remember when last I've seen such joyful smiles from her, I had to look away and pretend to be finding something very interesting outside the window, until I could swallow the lump.

When she went into hospital, she was fine on the outside and wrecked on the inside. This has now been reversed. The engine is ticking over ok, but the bodywork is a train smash. Only her face is unmarked and that's only because the marks from the plasters holding the respirator tube in her mouth have faded. Some of the wounds where her skin has ruptured are serious, so I had a word with the hospital matron, who has taken personal charge of Terry's nursing and has brought in a 'wound specialist' to treat her.

The holiday is still on so far, but a bikini just isn't going to happen.
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Posted 24 January 2007 - 10:32 AM

wow, Doug... you and Terry are putting my mundane worries in perspective...

Hugs and kiss to you both!

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 10:57 AM

I'm duly impressed by both of you DD ;)

Tremendous strength in some crappy situations.
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Posted 24 January 2007 - 11:05 AM

Yeah it really is impressive how well you're bothing coping with this.

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers .
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Posted 24 January 2007 - 12:06 PM

Hey Doug

I'm pretty new here, guess I'm a n00b of some sort ;) . Just read through the posts and the one on Cartoday, you're both two very strong people and it sounds like you are one hell of a husband. Best wishes and hopes of a good and healthy recovery to Terry!!

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Posted 27 January 2007 - 08:26 PM

TERRY’S HOME!!! :D

Well, not for good, but the doc gave her a weekend pass, I think to encourage her to keep working on her rehabilitation. It was a major logistical and very costly project to arrange home nursing and ambulance transport but worth it to see her sitting in her own home again.

She usually dozes quite often in the hospital but today, although exhausted, she wouldn’t close an eye, just wanted to take everything in. I performed her daily physio and am pleased to announce, she stood better and longer than ever, those medical types should get some engineering training to better understand structural stability. :)

I was the 2nd second nurse during the day and will be again tomorrow, but I hired 2 for tonight, cause this nurse is nackered and needs some sleep.
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Posted 27 January 2007 - 08:33 PM

Wow! That's awesome news Doug! I'm so glad to hear that! Things will only get better I'm sure of it! :D
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Posted 27 January 2007 - 08:34 PM

fabulous!!! enjoy your weekend xxxx

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Posted 27 January 2007 - 08:34 PM

Woot! Welcome home Terry! :D

That's fantastic news DD :)
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Posted 28 January 2007 - 09:13 PM

Very brilliant weekend having Terry home. She spent most of the days in her hyper-deluxe recliner I bought for her, watching cricket of all things, and being waited on hand and foot. We're perfectly matched in that she cooks, I eat but this weekend it was; I cook, she eats. She's lucky to have survived. :D

We organised her hairdresser to make a house call today. It was quite a mission backing the wheelchair to the basin and getting her hair washed, but she revelled in the head rub and in being wheeled out onto the patio and having the cut outdoors. I prepped the hairdresser about Terry's condition but still, she was visibly shaken and fighting back tears the whole time. That made 2 of us. She even refused payment, muttering something about "a long-time and valued client......"

The 'looking-after' side was pretty tough. Her present state is somewhere between paraplegic and quadraplegic, so nursey and I did everything for her. First thing we did was get a sheet under her so we could move her, because due to the osteoporosis and tissue paper skin, hands-on is a no-no. There was a LOT of lifting to do between chair, wheelchair and bed and even more just turning her when she felt uncomfortable.

Worst though, was getting up close and personal with all the wounds on her poor tortured body. When the trachy surgeon heard she was weekend off, he thrust a huge syringe of disinfectant into my hand and gave instructions for me to change her dressing twice a day and clean the wound. When I first saw it, my blood froze in my veins. The small trachy hole is now a jagged crater about 5cm long x 1.5 cm wide and over a cm deep (I couldn't actually see the bottom), with a drain pipe emerging from the deepest part. Glad she wasn't watching my face, she doesn't know. Realising for the first time why the syringe was so big, I gritted my teeth and did my duty, squirting the stuff inside and a squirt down the pipe, mopping up what overflowed. I think I'm going to have a few nightmares over this one.

Terry is back in their hands now, but I'm so glad we had this time together. I think both of us are a little stronger now.
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Posted 28 January 2007 - 11:35 PM

That's just so good and bad to hear DD. Glad Terry is home and that you got to spend the weekend together. I'm sure it must have been very, very draining for you and anyone she knew to see her in that condition and deal with her.

Tons of good wishes going out of course.
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Posted 29 January 2007 - 12:14 AM

Doug it's really good to read your posting, and no doubt you had a priceless weekend.

I know that a guy like you, with all the care, concern and love you portray with this for your wife, deserves a medal of the highest ranking.

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