- The CT scan showed that the anastomotic fluid has shrunk!!!!
- The scan also did not give any indication of any anastomotic leakage or perforation!!!
- Judy's "central line" has been removed as it may be behind her infection that has caused the fevers.
- She was hooked up to the antibiotics and the bag via an IV--apparently, this was quite painful since her veins are, well, pretty much shot.
- The damn NG tube is gone!
- Her fever has been receding.
- She has been able to tolerate the Tylenol and had only one or two "pukey" sessions this p.m.
- Dr. Phillips is very confident that no follow-up surgery will be needed. Yes, yes, yes!!!!!!
- Judy's lungs looked great on the CT scan. Yes again.
I am really sorry to put you through these ups and downs. Believe me, I would love to report nothing but positives. But the reality has been that one day we're on top, and the next we're in the sewer system. If you read this, you have decided to follow our path, and you most likely are prepared to celebrate with us and also to get beaten up. During my long drive today I thought about a lot of things, and the reality of it all is that we're all in the fight for Judy's life, plain and simple. This is really big, so big that it usually doesn't register like this for me. Otherwise I'd probably be balling all the time. I'm not sure how it registers with Judy; there are those really intimate moments when I think we both are realizing what this is about. And for you, I know, you're rooting for us in all ways, and I'm also sure that you know what all this means when you get a chance to really sit down and allow yourself to be overwhelmed by it all, but still ... most of the time this blog is just a somewhat perverse account of a human being fighting really hard to stay alive and get back to the happines that was so expected and normal just four weeks ago.
We thank you for choosing to be part of our life. Most likely, Judy has touched yours at some point (hell, you wouldn't write all this nice stuff about me!), and we certainly hope that that's what the future will bring more of.