Archive for August 6th, 2009

Late Night Visit

Just stopped by to see Dad following my night at work. I got here at around 11:00 pm. Since the West Tower doors lock at 9:00 pm, you have to enter in at the Emergency doors. That’s quite a walk around through the main entrance, admissions, and even the surgical operating room. This is a big hospital!

Quiet night up on PCU. I stepped right into his room and Dad had his eyes on FOX NEWS. He was surprised to see me, forgot I was coming up. He told me he made a walk at 10:00 about half way as he did earlier. He wanted to get up and it was his preferrance to go for one. Before that he had a few grapes and some sherbert.

I know in the morning he chose to have Oatmeal.  I will leave here soon and keep you informed tomorrow afternoon. -Adam

Nurses and family have signed Dad's "heart-hugger" pillow after the first few days. He looks great.

Nurses and family have signed Dad's "heart hugger." He's looking forward to Dr. Bibler writing on it. Karl told us he will draw his procedure process.

Getting ready for Bed

Today was a great day again. Dad had some more tubes removed. Dr. Bibler came in after supper time and removed some tubes from his chest and put a new bandage on his incision. He also had the catheter removed. I believe later tonight he is going to be taken off of the Insulin.

Uncle Jeff stopped up for a visit today, as well as Grammie and Tim. Grammie even snuck him in a few Snickers bars. He won’t be able to eat them for awhile, but hey, it is a goal to look forward to.

For supper Dad ate Swiss Steak (some, said it wasn’t the best), baked potato, jello, chocolate mousse, a dinner roll, and even a little sip of coffee. At the moment, as I type this, dad is sleeping. Last night he was woke up quite often to check his vitals and blood sugar. He only took about an hour long nap this afternoon as well. He is tired! The nurse came in a bit ago. She wants dad to get up and walk once more before trying to get a good rest tonight. We see lots of  faces around here. The nurses only work about twice a week and about twelve hours at a time.

Adam will try and put more pictures up tomorrow. Us kids and mom have to work tomorrow night, being that it is the weekend, so we will post as much as we can. I am glad you all like the pictures. Stay in touch, we love you all.

Love, Lauren

Uncle Scott

Samantha, Macie and Sydney made Uncle Scott a “get well soon” sign following surgery. How thoughtful and loving! I know he would love the company of family being here, little things like this make it feel like they are here. I’m glad this blog has been successful like he hoped. He really enjoyed the picture! -Adam

The Nieces

One Lap

Dad just completed a lap around his floor, the farthest he’s gone yet. He made it all the way through without stopping for a rest. He’s already walked twice today, and will continue to more tomorrow. Cindy, the cardiac therapist that walks with Dad each time is very thrilled by his work. Grammie just stopped by here. She brought Snicker bars because Dad joked about wanting one yesterday. We’ll see when he can eat that. It’s those things that you crave that are hitting him. I would bet he wants a root beer too. He even has the option to have a burger tomorrow. -Adam

Dad's walk

Window View

Dad's PCU RoomJust arrived to see Dad with Lauren at 12:00. Got here right as his lunch was given to him: slice of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, salad and peaches. He said he’s been active this morning. Had a sponge bath which made him feel good. He made a walk to the end of the hallway and had breakfast of Rice Krispies cereal at 8:00. Tomorrow he has the choice of picking his meals from a select few choices. His nurse Brad last night kept a good eye on Dad every 30 minutues. Around 1 am, Dad asked for some sherbet and orange juice. Must have hit the spot cause he kept having more. He’s got FOX NEWS on his television. His PCU room has a nice view on 2nd Avenue and he knew where he was at because he could tell the buildings outside his window. -Adam

Dad's window view