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Short Visit – Cranky Patient

December 6, 2010

Debbie again. This will be short. Thanks to all of you that sent me e-mails and for all the great words of encouragement. I brought them with me the hospital today and read them all to Jill.  She said to thank all of you very much. To those of you that asked to visit, she said not yet. She’s still not very lucid – sort of in and out of consciousness. I think she’d rather wait until she feels more presentable and can actually carry on a conversation before a lot of folks go parading through.

I arrived at the hospital today about 2pm. The first thing I noticed was that Jill looked a whole lot better than she did yesterday. She had a lot more color in her face – I could even see all her freckles. She was also breathing a lot more easily. That was very encouraging. I read all of your posts and e-mails right away.

About an hour before I arrived, Jill received the first chemo infusion. Prior to chemo they usually load the patient up with anti-nausea drugs and benadryl (presumably in case there is an allergic reaction). So between all those drugs, the Xanax and the chemo, she was pretty zonked. She was also very agitated. She kept pulling off her oxygen and wanting to be moved around in the bed. She wanted me to call Dr. Ingber and tell him she was pulling off her oxygen – and she rattled off his phone number. I was pretty sure Dr. Ingber wouldn’t want to be bothered with that, so I told her I’d call Hank and have him call the doc.  That satisfied her and then she told me to leave. That was the end of the visit.

There you have it. I did call Hank. He was also encouraged by Jill’s appearance and breathing. He mentioned that Jill has hated that oxygen since they first gave it to her – but it is helping her breath. I guess several weeks worth of feeling like crap, being pumped full of powerful drugs, and having several minor surgeries is enough to make anyone a little cranky.

So much for short. Anyway, some encouraging things today. There’s still a long road ahead. The drugs are helping – I believe the prayers are helping more. I am continually grateful for all of you! I’m going to bed.


16 Comments leave one →
  1. Sami permalink
    December 6, 2010 8:03 pm

    Thank you so much Debbie!!!! We will continue to pray for her. 🙂

  2. E Lis permalink
    December 6, 2010 8:04 pm

    Thank you. Prayers.

  3. December 6, 2010 8:06 pm

    Debbie, I love you and Jill and that you can be there daily with her and update us all. We are a great group of sisters, and an even greater group of family and friends! Please everyone, keep up the good thoughts, prayers, and examples of God in your lives. I’m up WAY past my bedtime, too, but this was worth it!
    Sistah Kim

    • Ellen permalink
      December 7, 2010 9:49 am

      It must be hard for you, Kim, to be so far away! It is obvious that your heart is right there along side of your sisters & family!

  4. Jennifer permalink
    December 6, 2010 8:20 pm

    Jill and Deb,

    I am continually reminded of Romans 15:13 which says: “May the God of HOPE fill you with all joy and PEACE as you TRUST in Him so that you may overflow with HOPE by the power of the HOLY SPIRIT.

    The Word is more than enough to fill our hearts with hope and peace as we trust in His timing and His will.

    Loving and continually praying…


  5. December 6, 2010 8:34 pm

    Thank you Debbie. I know how exhausting this is..

  6. Denny Wilson permalink
    December 6, 2010 8:50 pm

    Once again Jill, you are an inspiration to all of us. Keep up the fight. Deb and I are praying for your recovery.

  7. Murray permalink
    December 6, 2010 10:01 pm

    We’re praying for you all – hoping things will keep being encouraging. Blessings – Maria

  8. Babs permalink
    December 6, 2010 10:08 pm

    I am so grateful that you are willing to post for us. We love Jill and the entire family. Everyone’s become so special because Jill is special.

  9. Penny permalink
    December 7, 2010 5:20 am

    Thanks for the update – still praying! Cranky is a good sign, I think! 🙂

  10. Gina Agne permalink
    December 7, 2010 5:53 am

    Debbie, thank you for keeping us updated. Jill is feisty and feisty will win the fight! Praying for comfort and healing.

  11. Dawn permalink
    December 7, 2010 6:57 am

    Glad to hear you are getting a little piss and vinegar back! And very glad to hear you are breathing better! Thanks for your updates, Debbie! Still praying for you Jill! Love, Dawn

  12. Barbara Austin permalink
    December 7, 2010 8:04 am

    Amen…thank you Debbie for being the go between…this hasn’t been easy on you either…we have you in our prayers as well. Love Barbara & Fred

  13. Christe permalink
    December 7, 2010 9:29 am

    Cranky is very good! Thank you, Debbie.

  14. Ellen permalink
    December 7, 2010 9:45 am

    So glad things are looking a little brighter!

  15. mom permalink
    December 7, 2010 1:08 pm

    A flower verse my dear one. “Life is a succession of moments. To live each is to succeed,” Live all your moments to the fullest even if it is with piss and vinegar. Mom

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