Friday, April 29, 2005

Glacier Speed.

Last night, I had echoes of the bone pain, though not as severe (say a "5' instead of a '9"and pretty much localized in my knees). Some tylenol seemed to to the trick this time.

Dr. Evers suggested that I might get out of the hospital this weekend, but I still have a lot to accomplish first:
  1. The nausea seems mostly under control - check.
  2. I have to be able to eat and hold food down. This is trickier.
  3. I need to have a least one normal bowel movement.
  4. I have to get off the TPN (intravenous nutrition) 1-3 are preconditions for 4

I determined to stick it out here until I'm sure I won't have to come back


Blogger tbp said...

The thing about glaciers is that they move so slowly and then Woosh! something dramatic happens. Let's hope you've finished with the slow part and get to have a quick rush of healthy, good things.

11:51 AM  
Blogger Dot said...

Jim, Rich and I are sending encouragement your way. We love you and know that if anyone can come through to the other side made stronger, it's you. That light at the end of the tunnel is NOT a train. God Bless.

1:02 PM  
Blogger Kita28 said...

Jim -

Years ago when your godson was 2, he was in the hospital, went home, and came back. It was his 3rd hospitalization that year. Although I had a newborn (is that your god-niece?), I was in the hospital with him 24/7. A few days into our stay I shocked the nurses - I could hear them saying with wonder and some disapproval "she doesn't WANT him to go home?!" Finally I found dr. who understood - I wanted to get out of there as soon as possible, but ONLY if we weren't going to have to come back! So we stayed longer, and he never has gone back.

I like your plan. Take your time, do what you need to do, and then stay out of the hospital and really get better this time.

Although in the short-term this seems interminable, in the long term the glacier-pace of these few days will hopefully be a distant memory.

All my love,


2:03 PM  
Blogger vkenny said...

Hi Jimmy, I like the plan of slow and steady to make sure there will not be another trip back. I'm sure you've had enough by now so when your ready(and you will know when you are) the trip home will be even better knowing you'll be there for good. Keep fighting the good fight!

3:11 PM  
Blogger UisceBaGirl said...

"Bone pain" sounds terrible - at least with muscular pain there is the hope that a hot bath or a nice massage will help. I hope going off the meds will lead to the end of the symptoms. And from here, continuing to pray that you can leave the hospital behind soon and not be re-admitted for the next 41 years or longer.


6:10 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...


Wishing you good luck, a hearty appetite, and very happy bowels.

Jenn, John and FiFi.

6:51 PM  

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