Monday, February 28, 2005

Dispatches from the Front

Jim had several important milestones today. The most important is that the barium swallow went well, indicating good healing in the esophagus, and his NG tube has been removed. (This is the tube that goes through the nasal passage down the back of the throat.) When I left the hospital today around 4, we weren't sure if the surgeon would get the results of the scan in time for the tube to be removed today. However, Jim called me around 6:30 (another first, a phone call) to say that the tube was out and he'd been allowed to have ice chips and popscicles. He's very happy about this, as is Ed, who has seen him tube-free.

Ed also reports that Jim's nurse thinks Jim is making among the best progress she's seen for this type of surgery. Did we doubt it? Not really, not in our heart of hearts.


Blogger Jenn said...


I have to agree with Jim's nurse. He really is making good progress. This is a very invasive and extensive surgery in the days of lap scopes and outpatient facilities. Still, Jim really looks great.


8:52 PM  
Blogger vkenny said...

Hi Judy, I'm not really suprised at Jimmys' miraculous progress. He has been so strong throughout all of this that we also felt his recovery would go very well. We know how hard this has been on you and we can not wait for the day the blog says Jimmy is going home, and I know you cant either, it wont be long now. We will continue to pray every day.

8:37 AM  
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