Friday, August 24, 2012

Turning the Corner

Again I'm sorry for the delay in postings. We were kind of busy this morning. Many doctors were in and out, and there was a slight mishap with her pain meds (her IV came out in the middle of the night, accidentally giving the bed her PCA morphine, so she woke up in a lot of pain.)

But after straightening everything out, something remarkable happened. Around 11 am she was sitting upright and talking with us as if a surgery had never occurred. Not that Em was pain free, but the difference between where we had been and that point was incredible.

But it didn't stop there: The next thing I knew they were taking her catheter and IVs out, and stopping her PCA pump. Shortly after that she was standing. From standing, we took a nice little stroll down the hallway and came back to the room.

I expected that to be her maximum but less than an hour after sitting back down, she turned to me and said "I wonder what our moms are doing, Lets take a walk and see." We entered the waiting room and everyone's jaw dropped. Our mother's and friends were speechless - as was I.

To sum up the whole conversation (and we debated on whether or not it's okay to say this)  - Its a F*cking Miracle!

Now knowing that Em is okay, the sleepless nights all caught up with me. I left her in the capable hands of the moms and went home to rest. I'm back with her now in the truly unbelievable thing is - she's been upright and talking this whole time, with no indication of slowing down.

Typically I can see the signs of stress in her face when she's talking too much or has a headache. But none of that is there right now. Its truly unbelievable. So now I get to spend the rest of my evening in the company of my wife, and I couldn't be happier!


Specific things to pray for:
- spinal headache (she lost a lot of CSF during surgery and her body needs to make more so her head doesn't hurt)
- good sleep (especially for Em, but really for both of us)
- discharge tomorrow? (She needs to feel okay with change over to oral medication before they let her go home and she begins the switch over tonight at 1 am)

7 comments:

  1. Wow Neil and Emily, that is just incredible news. I am so happy to hear that. Mia is too. When she feel out on Thursday morning I think she was expecting her Aunt Emily to be there, but once we explained what was going on she was cool. I can't wait to see both of you again and when you're up for it leave all 3 monkeys with you for an afternoon or evening or both. Much love, hanch

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  2. Wow Neil and Emily, that is just incredible news. I am so happy to hear that. Mia is too. When she feel out on Thursday morning I think she was expecting her Aunt Emily to be there, but once we explained what was going on she was cool. I can't wait to see both of you again and when you're up for it leave all 3 monkeys with you for an afternoon or evening or both. Much love, hanch

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  3. Such good news! Give her a big smooch for me Neil (but no tongue please)

    Woo

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  4. That is amazing news!!!! I am so proud of Em. She's soooo strong! Please give her a hug for me.

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  5. I'm so happy for yinz! Great news! Actually I'm a little verklempt...Talk amongst yourselves (Mom's)I'll give you a topic...why do the doctors want you to rest but they keep waking you up every hour? Discuss...
    Will cover your specific prayers tonight along with the general well being of Neil too. Got to get home for the last Steeler pre-season game too! Bless you guys! Tim, Anna Marie, Taylor and Keaton

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  6. Would try to think of something great to say, but you said it all Neil. Beyond wonderful!

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  7. Ginny & John MillsAugust 25, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    "Beyond wonderful" is so right!!! We've been following the blog and the FB pictures and continuing to pray, pray, pray. Though the journey will continue, we're so happy to hear that it's taken such a wonderful turn for the GREAT!

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