Why the Redwood Forest slideshow?

Judy had always loved trees, and in 2008 we spent some time among the California Redwoods. Some of the ingredients in Judy's chemo cocktail were derived from trees (not Redwoods but Yews). We always knew that Judy loved the trees, and the trees got their chance to repay her affection.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Saturday Midday: I.C.U LATER!!!

Yay for progress! The happy news just came from the nurse that Judy's new room is 527. Looks like we will be moving that way any minute, so just wanted to give all an update on the good news.
We also had a visit from Dr. Phillips the gynecological oncologist this morning. He checked out her incision and was happy with its looks. It is healing healthily.
The diuretic that Judy has been given helped make her pee more, so that got us the green light out of ICU and hopefully into a lakeside vista on floor five.
Dr. Phillips said that she'll be here about three or so more days to give her colon time to heal where it was reconnected after the dissection. She's still only allowed water and ice chips at this time, so we're crossing our fingers for the next step, juice and broth, before the colon is healed enough for solid foods and the ride home. I just heard her humor come out again when she asked the nurse for "chocolate cake water".
She is sweet and loving as the Judy we all know, with a kick in the pants now and then too. I'd never know she'd just had a giganti-normous surgery yesterday morning if it weren't for her affectionate morphine drawl.
She is in and out of cat naps, obviously bothered that she feels lazy and "no fun". I remind her that the drowsiness is normal, and that her body is just telling her it needs to sleep so the mind can focus on healing right now.
She has fun playing with the adjustable bed once in a while too. She figured out that her head can be raised and lowered to sit up or lay down. She sleeps with a sweet smile on her face, which I know comes from the assurance of love, hope, prayers, and encouragement she is getting from all of you wonderful people. Thank you so much for your love and support.
So, on to higher heights, as we climb from 304 to 527!


Anonymous said...

Getting out of ICU into a lake-view room is a BIG step...glad to hear about it!! Give her a hug for us.

Judy and doug

Sandi said...

Looking good JuJu! Only you would remember to send a birthday card when you have so much to think about! Thanks! Hope you get to a room soon!
love ya,

Anonymous said...

Judy and Jurgen (don't know how to get the "oomlot" ha.

Here is a prayer from my heart.

This is another day, O God,
I know not what it will bring forth,
But make me ready, God, for whatever it may be.
If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely.
If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly.
If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently.
And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly.
Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit of Jesus. Amen.

Mary G.