“I used to be lost in the shuffle. Now I just shuffle along with the lost.” Unknown
I just got back from a very nice dinner with some friends, Herb and Barbara. I have found a nice little Mexican restaraunt close to the hospital called El Fenix. The food is good, but it is no El Ranchero (Kingwoodians know.). I am really looking forwad to the visit by the kids, Lucille, and Pat this weekend. Because of their visit, THERE MAY NOT BE A BLOG UNTIL SUNDAY. I will try, but I haven’t gotten to see my kids much, and I want to soak up this chance to hang with the kiddos.
Katy’s fever did rise a little for a while today, but she stayed between 101-104 all day. The doctors and nurses spent a bit of time trying to find the right balance of adding/taking off fluids from Katy’s body. The fluid level affects her heart and blood pressure. Today, motrin seemed to lower her urine output, but the lasiks (sp?) got the output back up. For the most part, Katy stayed the same all day.
I did ask to be present for wound care, and VAC changes, today. I don’t always do so, but I do think that it is important that I see under the bandages periodically so that I have a visual representaion of the progress of the wounds. I got to see Katy’s back for the first time in 2 weeks. It looked good. There doesn’t seem to be much happening there, but I’m glad I got to see it, and the only opportunity is during her wound treatments.
I also was present for her VAC changes. Thispart is little more graphic in nature. Once the VAC on Katy’s stomach was removed, I was staring at her exposed bowels. The last time I saw this wound it was closed from the original surgery. During her wound debridement, the doctors removed necrotic tissue, thus opening the wound down to the bowel. Though it was weird to see that much of my wife’s insides, I now have a better idea of what “full recovery” will entail. Her leg seems to be healing nicely. The last time I saw her VAC removed, what was exposed looked bloody, juicy, and had a lot of flotsam exposed. Today, her leg wound seemed much more stable. As with the stomach, blood was not flowing freely out of the wound, and the muscle seems to be in good shape. The depth of the wound is probably 3″ into her leg. The VAC nurse switched from the less dense grey foam to the denser white foam. The nurse and doctor both think that the wound is healing well.
I met with the on-call doctor this afternoon, our daily meeting, to discuss any changes in Katy’s condition. For the most part Katy is the same. All of her cultures continue to return negative. That being said, the doctor feels that Katy still has pneumonia and that is what may be causing the problems. They put her on antibiotics a few days ago, and they plan on completing the 7 day course to see if they can reduce the pneumonia. As usual, through all of this, Katy looked beautiful, and her face has a nice color to it.
One day Katy and I were driving down Loop 494 in Kingwood (in the Jeep), when we noticed something in the road. We stopped, blocking traffic, to rescue a turtle that was trying to cross the road. He had been hit, and had a little damage, but seemed like he would be ok, provided that we got him out of the road. We were new to Kingwood, and didn;t know where all the parks were yet. We were trying to think of where we could set our new friend free, when Katy remembered the park at the end of Woodland Hills. We drove our Jeep out to the park, and took our slow moving friend to the water’s edge. One look at the water and he shot out of Katy’s hands and into the lake. Turtles have a reputation for being slow, but this little guy was a rocket in the water. There were so many times when Katy and I would go out of our way to save an animal in distress. It was one of the things that we loved about each other. It still is.
Thanks to all of you who have sent me your CD list. Very cool stuff. I even heard from a high school buddy, Chris, who had a couple of the same songs I did. One day I hope to be able to reply to each of you who have written.
Love to all,