As promised, a message from Allan (that he typed himself). For those who have never heard me say his given name, Allan is Hook, sometimes called “Al” by colleagues and only called Allan by me when I’m upset with him or when I feel very loving toward him — keeps him on his toes! And, I don’t call my husband “Hook” at home, but well, other things . . .
After the surgery I was seriously dehydrated and now the trick is to reduce a lot of the fluids they put into me – or by giving me albumen and a couple of amino acids. The body is now used to doing catabolic reaction to get the glucose it needs, so we have to kick-start the liver to get it back to doing its job.
Besides having to deal with this our fridge went out over the weekend and luckily Mary Joy and Dave Guzman discovered that while Rosemary was in the hospital with me. I understand they had to do some serious cleaning – so 15 million cheers for the Guzmans and thanks so much for your help!
I know Rosemary has talked/raved about two of our nurses – Roy Lopez and Justin Sandefur with a daughter named Nora – she’s only 14 months old. Roy trains a lot of the nurses here and with his experience they can gain a lot of knowledge in a short period of time – for example Roy came up with a pump variation to remove all the excess iter/intra?peritoneal fluid (well at least they won’t ask me to teach A&P again!). And Justin is great too – these guys have had to change so much dressing and gowns, sheets and towels – just so you know where your health care costs are going. But these guys are really dedicated.
Hospital visits – believe me I don’t really have time for visits – every hour they have me doing something and they just get in the way and you know I’m not a social wasp. I’ll be home soon so perhaps then a visit.
And for those that pray (I wrote prey…) thanks for your help – it does mean much to me.
p.s. from Rosemary: Justin’s daughter, Nora, is Nora Jane. Nora means ‘woman of honor’ and Jane means ‘peace’. How cool is that?
Nurse Justin spent two summers in the Dominican Republic as a health missionary and he is pursuing his NP (nurse practitioner — a higher level than an R.N.) because he said N.P.s get to do all the fun stuff without having to have a schedule of a doctor. When I asked Justin how working nights affected his family life (there’s a lot of time in a hospital room and when someone is lifting up your husband’s scrotum, you kind of feel like it’s okay to ask them personal questions. How many of you DIDN’T need to visualize that?), he said something so profound that I felt compelled to write it down so I wouldn’t forget to share it with you. Justin said, “You don’t get married because it’s easier. You get married because it’s better.” I asked him to repeat it louder for Hook’s benefit, or maybe for my own. Justin said he couldn’t take credit for the quote because he got it from his older brother. To Nurse Justin: thanks for the great care, for being so attentive to Hook, but also for the wise marriage advice.
And to Nurse Roy: you rock and you are great at what you do!