Thursday, May 18, 2006

Maintaining perspective

In all of the excitement of keeping everybody up to date about Woody, I forgot to mention one really good piece of good news-- Maggie got released from the hospital yesterday. Her platelets and her blood pressure took a little while to reverse course and get better, but they are now under control enough to let her out of the sight of the doctors. This was a big relief to me, and I have told her that now that she's out of the hospital I now do not have to worry about her anymore.

Of course, I was kidding. I still feel pretty protective of her, and even though she feels better she has a tendency to overdo it, and then she gets really tired and sore, so I try to make sure that she's taking it easy.

Woody's had a pretty uneventful day, which is good. I just worry about his lungs a lot, especially because they were telling me a couple days ago that they were going to try to wean him from his respirator and now they're saying that is not going to happen for another few days at the earliest. On the other hand, part of the reason is that if they have to re-intubate him it can carry some not-insubstantial risks of hurting his sensitive trachea, so they are likely to be pretty conservative with that process. He has so far not had any problem with the tube feedings, although there is not any definite sign of digestion either. We remain in wait and see mode on that point.

Tomorrow is a pretty big day for him, as his head ultrasound is scheduled. Pray-ers, pray. Finger crossers, cross fingers. Visitors to Buddhist temples in Mongolia, well, you get the idea.*

*One of mom's friends is in Mongolia, and has been staying up on Woody's progress from there, and offered up a prayer from a local Buddhist temple.


At 6:47 PM, Anonymous YSA said...

I'm so glad to hear that Maggie is doing better.

Keep strong you two. Our thoughts are with you.

At 10:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hang in there guys. We are (virtually) there with you. Hope Maggie gets on her feet quickly.

Kevin & Kim

At 11:13 AM, Blogger Bill Hooker said...

*crosses fingers*


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