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Farmer Brown Irrigates

So, Minnie is doing much better. Headaches continue, we did a CT scan this morning that didn’t reveal anything unusual, and we’re starting a new drug we’re hoping will make a difference. No vomiting today, and minimal nausea. As you can see, she’s been getting around more, here is a little diddy of her in physical therapy:

Rachel managed to get in a little therapy too:

Minnie Video Blog

Minnie had a pretty good day today. Headache returned again, but at Dr. J’s recommendation, we premedicated before getting up, and she was able to be up for several hours before the headache started, and even then it was rather tolerable. She made another lap around the unit using her walker, and a bit more walking here and there. She needs to eat more, she’s having trouble keeping down the rather meager g-tube feedings. She did manage to eat a plate of chicken nuggets tonight, although she evacuated her stomach the prior hour. She’s hanging out with the neighboring room right now, where they have a friend with a ukulele, and are rocking out to some creative impromptu songs. A really good day over all. She’s getting feisty again.

The Final Stretch

So, today’s trip to the O.R. went well.  Minnie says she is ‘sick of it’, but did her best to be strong and keep going.  I talked to three Doc’s that were in the room, and all were extremely pleased and impressed at how good the wound looked, and how clean it is.  Blood counts also show that the infection is very quickly on its way out.  Her back hurts a bit more, but doesn’t seem dramatically worse.  She’s resting now.  We’re hoping that they will be able to close her up safely in the next week or so.  The next big hurdle is finding enough muscle to adequately cover the rods and her spine.

Jury is still out on the bowels.  In and out of anesthesia doesn’t help, and neither does narcotics, so healing her back may be a huge step in the right direction for getting her wholly healed.  Rachel and I are both a little nervous because there are a lot of similarities in what we saw years ago when her gut stopped working, before three years of TPN dependency.

Thanks for your prayers.  Please remember to spend time in the word, and to seek God’s will in your own life too!  I don’t want to suggest that God has favorites, but… Well, I think He might, and your prayers coupled with a little favor is a good thing.

This is the day, This is the day,
That the Lord  has made, That the Lord has made.
We will rejoice We will rejoice,
And be glad in it And be glad in it!
This is the day that the Lord has made,
We will rejoice and be glad in it!
This is the day This is the day,
That the Lord has made.
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