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.



Thursday, October 16, 2008

"Going home" postponed until tomorrow

This morning, the docs were not happy with her blood count and Judy is supposed to get a transfusion today. By the time all that is done, we would be too late to get to Dr. Howell's office to get our instructions in regard to taking the transfusion pole with us--Judy will remain on the antibiotics at home, and we will have to learn how to manage this. Dr. Phillips just stopped by in between surgeries. He will see us in two weeks in his office to get started with the chemo treatment, and her release here from the hospital is now dependent on the infectious disease doc.

Judy would have preferred to go home today, and obviously so would I. But she is OK with spending one more night here. She realizes that things don't always go the way they are planned, and the hospital mills grind slowly. We knew about the blood transfusion this morning, and now it is 1 p.m. and the transfusion still has not started.

Judy spent the night with the best sleep yet here in the hospital; maybe the Ativant had a lingering role in this. She's been eating well, and we're going to have lunch in a minute. She is a model patient, and I am proud of her for taking this delay in stride. We got to keep reminding ourselves where we were a week ago, two weeks ago, and three weeks ago--things have been improving steadily, and there is no reason to panic.

Jürgen

7 comments:

Adam & Carrie Tungate said...

Keep on keeping on, Judy! You're doing great. We've been thinking and praying for you and will keep doing so. We love you!
Adam, Carrie, Ally, Branson & Ella

WayneLorane said...

ok, so tomorrow you can yell,"TGIF, I'm outta here!" Yipee!! I'm glad you got a good nights sleep. After you get home you may have to have Jurgen come wake you up at 4:00 am for a chat...as you're so used to interrupted sleep. I've never seen anyone so nice to someone who has awakened them at 4:00am to draw blood. I was barely coherentand focusing my eyes and you were chatting away with the guy. Ha! So rest up and get another good nights sleep. That way you'll be ready for that "11:00am check-out time." Ha! Can't wait to hear that you're at home and how your lst day home, went.
Love, love, love, WayneLorane:)

twoalso said...

BUMMER about not going home until Friday. But, at least it will be TGIF!!!!

Get some rest, and know the rest of us are pulling for you!

CANCER SUCKS!!!!

Lots of love, hugs and prayers.
Amy

nts said...

I'm stoked to read you're headed home and, if not tomorrow - the next. Enjoy the company of friends from your couch while doing NOTHING, courtesy of Jurgen and company. Sending our love from Boston.
Noreen, Matt & little man Finn

Celia said...

Dear both - I will keep all fingers and toes crossed that you get out of hospital today. It will be so good to be home. But Judy this is one time when you must do as you're told! Your are both fighting so hard - keep it up. Love from the UK and Spain. Celia x

Rebeca Wallace said...

J & J,

Hang in there you two and remember to tackle everythin with the elephant theory-one step, one bite, one procedure, one day at a time. It will make it much easier, I promise.

I am sorry it has taken so long for me to get a repsonse to you and I have not visited as everyone, and me now included has had the cruds, etc.

thinking about you lots. Rebeca Wallace

ra-phillips said...

Judy and Jurgen,

I was thinking about you folks all day yesterday knowing that the past several Thursdays have not always turned out that well. So sorry the trip home was postponed but I am confident that today, Friday, will be the upside of the downside - wait a minute, if you are biking wouldn't you want to be on the downside? Regardless, our thoughts and prayers are with you always!

Rose and Fred
Abby and Becca