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Sometimes Drugs are a Good Thing

December 3, 2010

Hi everyone. This is Debbie again. You probably won’t be hearing from Jill for at least a few more days (and she proved my wrong by adding her own short post about an hour after mine!)  She had the 2nd PleurX catheter inserted on the right side early today. Between the Xanax to manage her anxiety and the Vicodin to manage her pain, she’s pretty groggy and pretty loopy.

When my mom and I arrived at the hospital around 3:30 Jill was sleeping AND laying on her back AND breathing pretty well! That was encouraging. While the drugs make her pretty incoherent, they are helping her get some much needed rest and keeping her comfy – all good things.

The hospital staff at Valley are wonderful and they are right there if Jill needs any help. She did get moved to a new room today (3519 for those of you close enough to visit). Fred, the nurse, told us that Jill’s chemo did not start today. Apparently this particular chemo was just recently approved in the U.S., so they’ve had a little trouble getting it. It won’t be available until Monday. That’s probably a good thing. I don’t know that I would want to get chemo after having minor surgery 2 days in a row. Her body will now get a couple of days to recover before starting on that nasty stuff. Here’s some info about the chemo that Jill will be getting.

Continue your prayers for Jill and her family. When they do send her home, it’s going to be challenging to manage her care. Hank and Daniel and her family are up to it. Thanks again for your support!


6 Comments leave one →
  1. Murray permalink
    December 3, 2010 7:49 pm

    Oh, thanks again, Debbie. Maybe the loopy rest will be just what she needs. We’ll keep praying.


  2. December 3, 2010 7:49 pm

    Debbie, you are so wonderful to keep updating us! Thank you so much! As always, Jill is forever in my thoughts 🙂

  3. Babs permalink
    December 3, 2010 9:50 pm

    Debbie…..please give her a gentle hug from me when she’s coherent 🙂

  4. E Lis permalink
    December 4, 2010 8:49 am

    OK since Jill will never tell us.. Debbie what can we do? Does she have any in-home care arranged? Food?

    I am so sorry for you all and have only good intentions. You can e-mail me:

    I wish I lived closer, but am finishing up graduate school finals and in the other part of the state. I have some ideas on things I could do, but if there is something specific I’d like to know. My work experience and graduate studies are in Rehab and Mental Health, MS so have some agency connections if resources are needed.

    Thinking and praying for you all! Talking about Jill, like she isn’t here and I’m sure she is quite often 😉

    – Lisa

    • December 4, 2010 10:02 am

      Thanks, Lisa. When we get closer to having Jill come home, I will certainly let everyone know what they can do to help. Right now the prayer support is the most urgent need.


  5. E Lis permalink
    December 4, 2010 10:37 am

    Prayers continue… always will! – Lisa

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