Monday, May 24, 2010

May 24, 2010 joycepsouth

Mom did not have as good of day today.  She was a little weaker than the past few days.  Dr. still  concerned with her nutritional level.  She is passing her food too quickly to get any nutritional value from it.  She continues to get her TPN (iv nutrition) each evening and night.  She is unhooked from all attachments during the day.  She is able to walk as often as she wishes.  She has been a little frustrated with the facility she is in due to the fact that they do not come to walk her as much as she would like.  She walks with us each afternoon when we get there.  She got her hair washed on Saturday and said she “felt like a million bucks” after that!  Post have not been as frequent as I have been very busy closing my 25th year of teaching.  Just finished getting all the report card stuff in the computer – and thought I would update quickly.   We are in the last week with children and it is a crazy busy week.


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  • 1. Claire DeLand  |  May 25, 2010 at 6:53 am

    Blessings and THEN some to you as you try to juggle all the balls you have in the air at the moment!! Just THINKING about 25 years of teach boggles my mind 🙂

    As I remember (and it’s been almost 13 years as you know), the recovery process was way too often “one step forward, then two steps backward”, and that is SO frustrating. We were so delighted with the good news of the weekend . . . Nita was able to come to Carnesville’s “Worship in the Park” Sunday and she was just full of good things to say about her visit with your Mom.

    I don’t have any “wisdom” to impart about the nutrition issue . . . I know I was diagnosed with “malnutrition” for at least four months, and with “malabsorption” way beyond that.

    I still have my “moments” – – – whatever goes in my mouth exits almost immediately, sometimes before I finish eating! I don’t know exactly where your mom’s resection is, but mine resulted in the removal of my entire Ascending colon, which is where “water” is extracted and solid waste forms. If that gets blocked off, stuff just goes straight through.

    Do you guys have any “input” with the facility as to how often she can get help getting up? Would it accomplish anything to get volunteers to go by there on a regular basis just to supplement the staff so she could walk more without y’all having to be omnipresent? (Thinking outloud here)

    You’re in our hearts and our thoughts and on our minds . . . I’d give anything to be able to help somehow . . .

    Lots of love to all . . .


  • 2. Hanni Cordes  |  May 28, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I was out of town for a couple of weeks and have been anxious to get back to this blog to find out what was going on. I would have loved to hear that Ruth was slated to go home already but I understand why she is not. She has been through so much that I guess that I should not expect everything to return to some semblance of normalcy so quickly. Our prayers are w/ you.

  • 3. sweetmeow  |  May 28, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    From my memory of any GI related surgery, it is imperative to walk afterward. It helps the gaseous pains that I remember plagued Scott after his surgeries. It makes it more difficult when you are in need of help to get up – and do that walking. We were there to help Scott walk when he didn’t have the strength, or was intertwined with so many tubes that getting out of bed was more difficult. Someone accompanying you on those walks sure helps motivation, too. But – when we were not there, the hospital was not as helpful as we would have liked to get Scott up and about. Claire’s idea of friendly volunteers is a good one.

    As far as food absorption, I think it takes time for any part of the digestive system that has been “traumatized” by surgery to begin to absorb the way it will eventually.

    There is nothing like a bath or hair wash to raise ANYONE’S spirits, and especially for one who is not feeling well, anyway.

    FYI – will be visiting Claire at some point in June – actual days not yet determined.

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