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Karatemom
03-27-2003, 04:09 PM
He is doing well today. They are suctioning quite a bit of stuff out of his trach area and they change his trach tubes quite a few times during the day and night. They are taking very good care of him down in MICU. He and I sat and "talked" for about an hour before I had to go. He had no clue about the respiratory arrest so I explained everything to him. That it is just a setback, but by no means should he give up. He was worried about his game never coming back. I told him that the shakes and loss of strength is temporary and will come back with therapy and time. All in all, however, he is doing good.

Heide

SPetty
03-27-2003, 04:21 PM
Thanks, Heide. That's much better news than that scary episode before. If I were a betting man ( /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif), I'd bet that's the last of the downers. It's all up from here.

Karatemom
03-27-2003, 05:04 PM
Hey, long time, no hear. LOL. I just talked to the nurse who said that he fully expects Chris to walk out of there, not today or tomorrow, but someday. I sure hope this was the last of the downers. Don't know how much more he can handle.

Heide

cheesemouse
03-27-2003, 05:26 PM
Heide,
I'm leaving for the Jackpot Junction Casino tournament and this will be my last pool tournament before I have to open the golf course and my golf season. Tell Chris that before every break I'm going to whisper "this ones for Chris".....your a tough cookie Heide...hang in there, all three of you....later...

snipershot
03-27-2003, 07:01 PM
Hopefully his respiratory arrest incident was the last of his downers. He sounded like he was doing so well and then that happened, talk about throwing you a curveball... that was more like a screwball or something. But it's over now and Chris is O.K. which is by far the most important thing, oh and he'll get his game back, all that time in the hospital he must dream about shooting pool quite frequently /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif Thanks for the update Heide.

Tom_In_Cincy
03-27-2003, 07:41 PM
Heide,

Remind Chris he has to read that book.. sooner or later.. he has to read that book..

Thanks for keeping us all informed..

Karatemom
03-27-2003, 08:18 PM
I'll be there for him as long as it takes. That's one more thing I had to remind him of today. I married him for better or worse, I'm in it for the long run no matter what.

I don't know much about golf, except that I hope you shoot par or better, LOL.

Heide ~ only plays mini golf

Karatemom
03-27-2003, 08:22 PM
It was definitely something I didn't expect, but I'll deal with whatever he throws my way. I'm not bailing on him. Wouldn't even consider it, not even for all the tea in China. He's always been really good at throwing a monkey wrench into things; it's just his way of being difficult, LOL.

Heide

Karatemom
03-27-2003, 08:24 PM
You been talking to Kato? LOL. I asked him today if he wanted me to read to him, but he said no. He would rather just sit, hold hands, and chat. That's alright by me. I don't care how I spend my time with him, as long as I spent it with him.

Heide

Barbara
03-27-2003, 08:28 PM
Hey Heide!!

I'm glad things turned back to good, and in a timely manner, too.

So Chris is worried that his game will never come back, eh?? HA!! That just proves that he's thinking about it and that's a start!! Tell him you're gonna give him the orange crush and see what happens!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Barbara

Karatemom
03-27-2003, 08:30 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Barbara:</font><hr> Tell him you're gonna give him the orange crush and see what happens!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Barbara <hr /></blockquote>

????????????????????????????????????

Heide ~ must have missed that one

Barbara
03-27-2003, 09:07 PM
Heide,

Has Voodoo taught you nada???

Sorry, giving the orange crush is the 5 and the breaks.

Yo Voodoo!! Where are ya when Heide needs translation??

Barbara~~~okay, so Voodoo calls them smashes...

Rich R.
03-28-2003, 05:17 AM
Heide, I'm no doctor, but I would bet that all that stuff coming out of the trach, is a way for Chris's body to tell the doctors, it is ready to get well.
Out with the Bad, In with the Good. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Karatemom
03-28-2003, 07:00 AM
That's exactly what I think. They're doing another swallow study on him today to make sure everything is still intact and going where it is supposed to.

Heide

Troy
03-28-2003, 08:54 AM
Chris' game will come back quicker than he currently thinks.
Please tell him I still need 10-7..... /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Troy

c.holtz009
03-28-2003, 01:27 PM
I'm just new here, however, I've been following chris's situation, and just wanted to send my best.
We pool "junkies" have to stick together!!
Your whole family is in my prayers.

stickman
03-28-2003, 02:13 PM
I'm happy for Chris. He's very fortunate to have you standing beside him. Stand strong through these tuff times, there will be better times ahead. /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif

Karatemom
03-28-2003, 03:11 PM
Thank you for your very kind words. I can't wait for the day that Chris can come back to the board to chat with all his new and old friends.

Heide

Karatemom
03-30-2003, 04:12 PM
He's doing well today. I fed him some green jello while he sipped some apple juice. He wanted grape juice but they were out, LOL. We spent an hour just sitting and talking, well, I did most of the talking, LOL. He did manage to cough his trach right out, but just in time for the nurse to come in and change it anyway. The leak that was in his stomach a few weeks ago is still there but much smaller now. Still no time frame as to when he could be moved to rehab though. As long as he is improving and will eventually come home, I'm happy.

Heide

Troy
03-30-2003, 04:19 PM
Careful Heide, Chris will be home sooner than you think and then the chase will be on..... /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Barbara
03-30-2003, 04:19 PM
Wooohooooo!!!!

Keep the news rolling!!! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Barbara

Karatemom
03-30-2003, 07:50 PM
And I say to that...... Bring it on!!! Bring it on!!!!! Can't wait!!!!!!!

Heide /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

9 Ball Girl
03-30-2003, 08:51 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Troy:</font><hr>Careful Heide, Chris will be home sooner than you think and then the chase will be on.....<hr /></blockquote>

<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Karatemom:</font><hr> And I say to that...... Bring it on!!! Bring it on!!!!! Can't wait!!!!!!!

Heide /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif <hr /></blockquote>

You animal! http://www.gamers-forums.com/smilies/otn/wink/wink2.gif

Wendy~~Yea Chris!

Rich R.
03-31-2003, 04:59 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Karatemom:</font><hr> And I say to that...... Bring it on!!! Bring it on!!!!! Can't wait!!!!!!!

Heide /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif <hr /></blockquote>
Be careful of what you wish. /ccboard/images/graemlins/blush.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Just keep that good news coming. /ccboard/images/graemlins/cool.gif

Voodoo Daddy
03-31-2003, 05:25 AM
I dont care how long he lays in that hospital...I still need the Orange Crush, the Blood Ball and the smash!!! &lt;Ok, I'm being a nit but I know he can still play alil!!&gt;

Karatemom
03-31-2003, 02:15 PM
He told me today that he going to what the doctors and nurses tell him to do. Well, it's about time! LOL. That way he'll come home quicker. I walked in this afternoon to him watching his daily soap operas on NBC. He had just finished with lunch - the usual broth, 7Up, juice, tea, and green jello.

While I was rubbing his back, I noticed that all of his stitches are healing quite nicely.

His medical condition was about the same, but there was something about his disposition that struck me. I do finally believe that HE believes that he is on the mend. I think he is trying really hard to overcome all of his anxieties about being there for 7 weeks today.

Heide

Kato
03-31-2003, 02:25 PM
Well alrighty then. He's finally starting to see the forest through the trees. It's a beautiful thing.

Tell Chris that right now I'll take the 3, the 5, the 6, the last 4, the smash, and 5 games on the wire to 7. He can have that game all he wants.

Kato~~~still praying for his buddy to get better so Me, He, and Voodoo can sit down and have a beer together.

stickman
03-31-2003, 03:19 PM
Great News! Tell him I said he better get busy getting better. I'm working on my game and looking forward to our long awaited match. LOL /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif I hope to get the opportunity to meet him this summer now that I'm footloose and fancy free. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

cheesemouse
03-31-2003, 03:53 PM
Kmom,
I just got back from Jackpot Juction. Tell Chris I talked to his young buddy, Jesse Bowman, and he knew all the details about Chris and he said the poolhall was missing Chris and hoping he'd get well soon so they could start putting it to him again. That kid can flat play.......I ended up fifth in the 9-ball and I was whispering "this is for Chris" on every break and I never broke'm any better in my life. Thank Chris for me will ya.

Karatemom
03-31-2003, 06:07 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote cheesemouse:</font><hr> Kmom,
I just got back from Jackpot Juction. Tell Chris I talked to his young buddy, Jesse Bowman, and he knew all the details about Chris and he said the poolhall was missing Chris and hoping he'd get well soon so they could start putting it to him again. That kid can flat play.......I ended up fifth in the 9-ball and I was whispering "this is for Chris" on every break and I never broke'm any better in my life. Thank Chris for me will ya. <hr /></blockquote>

This will really cheer him up. I'll gladly tell him tomorrow when I go back. Maybe now he'll believe me when I tell him everyone at the ph misses him, LOL.

Heide

Rich R.
04-01-2003, 05:51 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Kato:</font><hr>
Tell Chris that right now I'll take the 3, the 5, the 6, the last 4, the smash, and 5 games on the wire to 7. He can have that game all he wants. <hr /></blockquote>
Kato, I think you need more than that, if you expect to win. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif I know, I do. /ccboard/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

Kato
04-01-2003, 08:35 AM
I don't need to win, just shoot every once and a while /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Kato

Karatemom
04-01-2003, 01:54 PM
Well today's news is good and bad.

Bad news first. It could be months before he comes home. They are doing their best to motivate him to get up and get his strength back, which is key at this point. When he gets some of his strength regained, it will be easier for him to breathe, which will help his anxiety.

Now the good news: They are doing physical therapy with him every day, working on upper and lower body strength. They are going to start lowering the pressure on his BiPap, too. All of his counts are good, and his breathing is fine, but when he is taken off the BiPap, he gets nervous and winds up back where he started. Also, they took the staples out of his belly today from the original surgery. He was eating pretty good today, had lots of grape juice and about half a cup of jello, and about a 1/4 of a cup of beef broth.

It'll take as long as it takes, as long as he gets home!

Heide

Kato
04-01-2003, 02:19 PM
In a way I'm pleased to hear that he's in physical therapy and he's eating a little. I'm not pleased that his time frame is so long but that's life I guess. You guys are doing great, keep up.

Kato

Tom_In_Cincy
04-01-2003, 02:19 PM
Hospital food will get him home faster than anything I know of..

Sounds like Chris is starting to whoop up on this thing.. soon he'll be looking for that cue and a table..

Wally_in_Cincy
04-01-2003, 02:22 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Karatemom:</font><hr>

....It'll take as long as it takes, as long as he gets home!

Heide <hr /></blockquote>

You are a strong woman K-mom. I admire you. CC is a lucky guy.

eg8r
04-01-2003, 02:42 PM
[ QUOTE ]
Bad news first. It could be months before he comes home. They are doing their best to motivate him to get up and get his strength back, which is key at this point. When he gets some of his strength regained, it will be easier for him to breathe, which will help his anxiety.
<hr /></blockquote> Maybe you need to bring in the Southwest to help motivate him. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif Those doctor's just don't know what makes him tick. LOL

eg8r

Kato
04-01-2003, 03:11 PM
I told her to do that last week. She thought about it for a second. Maybe I'll ask that she does it again. Maybe Voodoo can talk her into it. He's more persausive than me.

Kato

Karatemom
04-01-2003, 05:12 PM
You want to be responsible for anything that happens to such a beautiful and expensive cue? Not me! I talk to him all the time about pool, but I think it depresses him more than motivates him. I thought for sure that Christ's win last night would pick his spirits up, but I couldn't even get a grin out of him. He said that he's just sore and hurts everywhere. That'll go away after a few good workouts from PT. His mood, disposition, and outlook are some things I work heavily with him on. That is so important these days.

Heide

Rich R.
04-02-2003, 05:38 AM
Tell Chris that his Southwest misses him and was asking for him. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

As the soreness subsides and when he gets to eat some real food, not jello, Chris will start to gain strength. Then you won't be able to hold him down.

eg8r
04-02-2003, 08:00 AM
I think I have the best solution. Don't even bother to run this by Chris I am sure he will agree. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Send the cue to me (I promise not to use it /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif ) and I will send you a digital picture of it. This way you can bring the pic in for him to see, and I will keep the cue safe.

Sounds good to me /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

eg8r

Karatemom
04-02-2003, 08:02 AM
hahahahahahahahaha. No way! But I can take a picture of it and send it to you! How's that? hahahahahahaha

Heide

eg8r
04-02-2003, 08:37 AM
Nah, I don't need the motivation. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Tell Chris to hurry up. LOL I hate knowing that cue is just sitting around.

I have another great idea...Now that Christ is taking your local tournaments by storm, I say we let Christ play with the cue. He would do a better job than I would anyways. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

eg8r

SPetty
04-02-2003, 11:39 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Karatemom:</font><hr> hahahahahahahahaha. No way! But I can take a picture of it and send it to you! How's that? hahahahahahaha<hr /></blockquote>Or take a picture of it with you in a, well, special, kind of pose and take that to Chris! That ought to get him up and at 'em! /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif

Karatemom
04-02-2003, 01:43 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote eg8r:</font><hr> Nah, I don't need the motivation. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Tell Chris to hurry up. LOL I hate knowing that cue is just sitting around.

I have another great idea...Now that Christ is taking your local tournaments by storm, I say we let Christ play with the cue. He would do a better job than I would anyways. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

eg8r <hr /></blockquote>

ARE YOU KIDDING?!?!?!?! You should see his cue. It's got more dings in it than a doorbell. I don't know how he can stand to shoot with it. Chris would never let him shoot with it, he barely lets him touch it! Besides, at the rate he's going, he'll have enough money to buy his own SW pretty soon, LOL.

Heide

Karatemom
04-02-2003, 01:46 PM
No way, I hate my picture taken, but I have thought about putting pictures of everyone here and his cue on the hospital walls, but I don't think the drs and nurses would apprciate it.

Heide

Karatemom
04-02-2003, 01:49 PM
WONDERFUL NEWS! The doctor in charge has given the order to move him to rehab as soon as they get the okay from the respiratory dr. I don't know when that will be, but hopefully not too much longer. His Foley tube has been taken out, his g tube has been cut off to drain, and they've started him on a soft food diet. No more jello or juice, he's moved up to mashed potatoes and oatmeal.

Heide ~ happy day

Kato
04-02-2003, 02:16 PM
Yuck, I don't like oatmeal.

Kato

eg8r
04-02-2003, 02:43 PM
Agreed. Oatmeal is awful. LOL, Now, I do like the sugary colored stuff (sugar?) that comes with oatmeal and is used to disguise the nasty taste of oatmeal. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Mashed potatoes are a favorite. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

eg8r

Kato
04-02-2003, 02:59 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote eg8r:</font><hr>Mashed potatoes are a favorite. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

eg8r <hr /></blockquote>

I myself am quite a fan of mashed potatoes. Especially if there are biscuts involved. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif Something about a biscut just slathered in mashed potatoes and gravy. /ccboard/images/graemlins/cool.gif

Kato~~~it's 4:10 and I'm thinking about chow.

Rod
04-02-2003, 03:02 PM
You weenies! LOL Hey I have a bowl of oatmeal almost every morning. Course I doctor it with a little honey. It makes your stroke straight, not to mention it's good for gluing those projects together. Heck it's even a good substitute for motar! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Rod

Kato
04-02-2003, 03:14 PM
Of course you do. That's because you have those extra 2 hours in the morning for breakfast /ccboard/images/graemlins/blush.gif. I just usually eat some cold cereal or something when I get to work. If I had those extra 2 hours like you I'd probably eat eggs, bacon, toast, and pancakes for breakfast /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif.

Kato~~~jus jokin'.........I know oatmeal ain't that tough to make.

9 Ball Girl
04-02-2003, 03:15 PM
Alright!!! That put a smile on my face!!!! I was wondering, what if you brought his Southwest to the hospital, and have his regular nurse walk in with it, check his chart, and then walk out. That would give him a jumpstart to therapy! Not!

Wendy~~hoping that the Cass' make it to VA if they can't go to Vegas /ccboard/images/graemlins/crazy.gif

eg8r
04-02-2003, 04:03 PM
Maybe this is the answer. I will have to try the oatmeal thing out before i go play. LOL

eg8r

eg8r
04-02-2003, 04:04 PM
Well, it is now 4:10 out here in TX and I am starving. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

eg8r

Barbara
04-02-2003, 05:25 PM
Oatmeal is very, very good for you!!

Now c'mon!!

Barbara~~~making airplane noises and circling a spoon in the air...

Barbara
04-02-2003, 05:27 PM
This is great news Heide!!

I bet if Chris wasn't fond of oatmeal before, he's loving it now!!

Barbara~~~wonders if Heide has to make the airplane noises, too...?

Fran Crimi
04-02-2003, 05:55 PM
Just fry up some bacon and throw the fat in the oatmeal. You'll love it. LOL

Fran (on a Southern kick)

eg8r
04-02-2003, 05:58 PM
[ QUOTE ]
Just fry up some bacon and throw the fat in the oatmeal. You'll love it. LOL

Fran (on a Southern kick) <hr /></blockquote> I really do not like much of anything eaten at breakfast. LOL.

eg8r &lt;~~~Picky eater

Karatemom
04-02-2003, 07:39 PM
No, but get this! He has a nurse who works the day shift. She doesn't work every day and was there yesterday. I came in to find her feeding him. Now he can feed himself but I thought he probably deserved being fed by someone else. It warmed my heart to see someone care about him that much.

Now the kicker. I'm telling him about how our team did at state and about Christ's big night Monday, and the nurse asks what we're talking about. I told her our pool league. She says that her husband loves to shoot pool, but they had just moved here and weren't on any teams or leagues yet. You should have seen his eyes jump from the jello to the nurse. It was priceless!

Heide ~ might have to try that feeding stuff when he gets home

Karatemom
04-02-2003, 07:41 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Fran Crimi:</font><hr> Just fry up some bacon and throw the fat in the oatmeal. You'll love it. LOL

Fran (on a Southern kick) <hr /></blockquote>

Only if the bacon is burnt beyond recognition.

Heide ~ isn't fond of oatmeal, but will eat anything with burnt bacon in it, LOL

Rich R.
04-03-2003, 05:10 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Karatemom:</font><hr>
Heide ~ might have to try that feeding stuff when he gets home <hr /></blockquote>
It's not just the feeding Heide, you have to get the uniform to go with it. /ccboard/images/graemlins/blush.gif

Chris can have that oatmeal. Right now, I'm sure it is the best thing he has had in a while.
But take some of those mashed potatoes and put in a little roasted garlic, Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. /ccboard/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

Karatemom
04-03-2003, 03:23 PM
More good news! He had a swiss steak with red sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, applesauce, ice cream, milk, and juice for lunch today and ate as much as he could. He forgets that his stomach has been cut to 1/4 it's regular size. He was lifting 1 lb weights today for a while in PT, and the TPN (nutrition) that he's been on through the iv stopped today as well. From now on, he will get all his nutrition via his mouth. He's making leaps and bounds these days and it's about time!!!!!

Heide

Sid_Vicious
04-03-2003, 03:24 PM
Great to hear these things! sid

Kato
04-03-2003, 03:40 PM
At least he won't get fat /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif Good news. Have him get to a phone and give me a jingle as soon as possible. I need to give him my address so you can ship the SouthWest down to me so I can get a new tip put on for him.

Kato

stickman
04-03-2003, 03:57 PM
That's great. It sounds like he's on the road home!

eg8r
04-03-2003, 04:16 PM
Excellent news. WOOHOO!!!!!!

eg8r

Tom_In_Cincy
04-03-2003, 04:59 PM
GREAT new.. Heide.. take a break... get a good meal.. smile a lot.. its going uphill.. now..

News like this just makes me smile.. and makes my day much better..

Rod
04-03-2003, 06:20 PM
That is good news, sounds like he has found some ambition not to mention an appetite. Heck he's eating a lot better than me, all I had was a old dead tuna sandwich! /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif

Ralph S.
04-03-2003, 06:24 PM
EXCELLENT NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Barbara
04-03-2003, 07:57 PM
Heide,

This is GREAT news!!!

Now you give Christ and yourself a treat, too!!

Barbara /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Jon from MN
04-03-2003, 09:11 PM
Great news Heide I have been pre occupied lately wow have things changed. Thank God ~~Jon~~

Rich R.
04-04-2003, 05:20 AM
I hate to say it, but Chris had a much better dinner than I did. /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif

Lifting 1 lb. weights is great too. That means, if you add 3 more ounces, Chris will be ready for a 19 oz. cue stick. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

I love to get good news in the morning.

Barry
04-04-2003, 01:26 PM
Heidi,
This is great news! Each journey takes maney steps.

Give Chris my best,

Barry

Karatemom
04-04-2003, 04:40 PM
Chris is doing great! The amount he ate for lunch was unbelievable, considering he only has 1/4 of his stomach left! Pasta and beef with gravy, dinner roll, soup, banana, and ice cream. He was able to eat most of his entree. He did quite a few exercises with PT and OT today. Also heard that he is tentatively supposed to be moved to rehab sometime next week. If this is true, he should be home by the month's end. His clots and plugs are getting less and less frequent and he doesn't sound so croupy anymore either. He's doing so wonderful!

Heide

Kato
04-04-2003, 04:58 PM
You don't know how great that makes me feel. Alright Chris!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kato

WesK
04-05-2003, 01:48 PM
Me too!

snipershot
04-05-2003, 05:03 PM
That's awesome! Chris sounds like he's doing just fantastic and like he's ready to get the f*** out of that bloody hospital /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif It's even better to hear he might be home by months end, great news and thanks for the updates Heide.

Karatemom
04-05-2003, 06:22 PM
I came in this evening to see him getting ready for dinner. They move him into the chair to eat. The nurse held out his hands, Chris grabbed them, pulled himself up off the bed, and WALKED to the chair! Then he sat down to a pork chop, green bean, mashed potato dinner with ice cream and milk. Then he asked the nurse if Christ could come in. They let him this time because there were only 2 other patients in MICU. So we went in the back way, so not to go through the "germy area", and Christ was able to see his Dad for the first time in 2 weeks. It made both of their days'. We sat around and chatted for a while before we finally left.

Heide ~ happy, happy day

MikeM
04-05-2003, 06:40 PM
Heide,

That sounds like a great day! Thanks for the updates and say hi to your men for me.

MM

Kato
04-05-2003, 06:54 PM
What gives? He's eating better than me.

Kato~~~thinking of ice cream

Karatemom
04-05-2003, 07:10 PM
Geez, do you eat ice cream every nite?

Heide ~ chocolate ice cream conneiseur

Rod
04-05-2003, 07:36 PM
That's great news Heide. Geez if the rent wasn't so high I'd like to eat there to! Well maybe a little bland but it sure beats the hell out of my ham sandwich. LOL It sure sounds like his strength is comming back. I imagine real food is helping the cause to. I hope like you and everyone else he gets to leave at months end, it sure sounds possible. Christ getting to visit with Dad must have brightened both of their days. I like to hear this news, tell Chris hi for me and give it a little extra every day. Ok he's got Sunday off. LOL

Rod

Rich R.
04-06-2003, 07:08 AM
It sounds like Chris is eating very well.
Heck, if they put a swimming pool and a pool table in that place, I would go there on vacation. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

With them spoiling Chris like this, I hope your ready to cook like crazy when Chris gets home.
Time to dust off the cook books. /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif

bluewolf
04-06-2003, 08:55 AM
Great news Heide!!

Laura

Karatemom
04-07-2003, 08:26 PM
Sorry I haven't posted, been sick.

Wish I had better news, but it seems that Chris has had another setback. He had a coughing fit this evening and he coughed what was left of his g-tube right out. They found some infectious-looking fluid in and around the site so they sent it to the lab for tests. Should know something by tomorrow. Hopefully it's not anything we have to worry about, some antibiotics and poof, it's gone. He's been through enough already. He did have a slight temp this evening, 100.7, so at least his body is reacting to the infection. Besides all that, he is doing great. He's got an amazing amount of strength left in his legs. PT works him hard enough that he sleeps pretty good at night these days. Wish I could do that, haven't slept but 2 hours in the last 2 days.

Heide

snipershot
04-07-2003, 08:35 PM
Sorry to hear about the setback Heide, hopefully it's nothing serious cause Chris sounds like he's been making alot of progress lately. It's good to hear his PT is going well, hang in there you've made it this far and the worst seems to have came and gone.

Go CC! (and Heide too /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif)

Rich R.
04-08-2003, 04:07 AM
That's just a minor setback Heide.

Based on my vast medical knowledge, which is next to none, I would say that the longer those tubes stay in, the greater the chance for infection. JMHO. I'm sure it is nothing out of the ordinary and they will deal with it.

You better get some rest, yourself.
You have to eat right and get your sleep, to keep your strength up. This whole ordeal has not been easy on you. Therefore, you have to take the time to take care of yourself too.

bluewolf
04-08-2003, 04:55 AM
You are so right Rich. That is one reason that seriously ill patients get 'hospital acquired infections'.I am positive it is minor. Don't despair Heide. Sounds like the last rounds of attack by the 'devil' before total defeat. There is no doubt who the victor will be. His name is Chris Cass!! A powerful man indeed.

In shamanism, I would bet his animal totems would be the eagle, the lion and the lamb. He is quite observant and sees many things that others do not see, he has the strength and power of the lion and the gentleness and love of the lamb.

Well, okay, sometimes I get carried away. /ccboard/images/graemlins/blush.gif

Laura

Karatemom
04-08-2003, 08:04 PM
Seems that setback is nothing to worry about. I had the dr call me tonite so I could talk to him. He is not in the least bit worried about this "infection". He said it is probably bacteria from around the tube and they are treating it with antibiotics. He wasn't concerned much about it. He did say that he thinks the trach is ready to come out, like it or not. It is what is causing the clots in his throat and believes it is time to get off of it. So I suspect he'll press the resp dr a little. Then it's off to rehab and home.

He had no bad news whatsoever. He was quite pleased with the progress that Chris has made over the last 2 weeks and sees no reason why he shouldn't go to rehab very soon.

When I went to see Chris this afternoon, he had just finished lunch and was sore from all the therapy. But he looks so good and healthy. He's still pretty thin, probably weighs around 150 now, but that PT and all that eating he's doing will put some pounds on him, lol.

Heide

Rich R.
04-09-2003, 03:58 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Karatemom:</font><hr> He is not in the least bit worried about this "infection". He said it is probably bacteria from around the tube <hr /></blockquote>
<font color="blue">I think that is exactly what I said. And he wasted all those years in med school. /ccboard/images/graemlins/blush.gif
Maybe I should start practicing medicine?
Should I hang my shingle out today?
Who wants to be my first patient? /ccboard/images/graemlins/crazy.gif </font color>

<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Karatemom:</font><hr> He had no bad news whatsoever. He was quite pleased with the progress that Chris has made over the last 2 weeks and sees no reason why he shouldn't go to rehab very soon. <hr /></blockquote>
<font color="blue">That is what we all like to hear. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif </font color>

bluewolf
04-09-2003, 04:57 AM
Heide,

Is Chris well enough to type to us here? I was in the hospital twice this last fall for an infection and at one of the hospitals was able to use my laptop, which I did get on when I felt a little better. Know anyone with a laptop? /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

I am very happy to hear he is doing so well. Is the rehab for PT on his muscles? How long is the rehab? When my dad had been on a vent and went to rehab, it was 4-6 weeks depending on the person.The rehab department was super and the PT and OT people there were supurb!!!

Laura

Karatemom
04-09-2003, 05:32 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote bluewolf:</font><hr> Heide,

Is Chris well enough to type to us here? I was in the hospital twice this last fall for an infection and at one of the hospitals was able to use my laptop, which I did get on when I felt a little better. Know anyone with a laptop? /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

I am very happy to hear he is doing so well. Is the rehab for PT on his muscles? How long is the rehab? When my dad had been on a vent and went to rehab, it was 4-6 weeks depending on the person.The rehab department was super and the PT and OT people there were supurb!!!

Laura <hr /></blockquote>

No, I don't think he is well enough to type from a laptop quite yet. He still tires pretty easy. As for the rehab, it should last up to 2 weeks, last I heard. He's already had a head start on his upper body and legs.

Heide

Vicki
04-09-2003, 09:42 PM
Heide,

I haven't been posting but I have been checking every so often to see how you and Chris are doing. It's so nice to get good news whenever I have a chance to check in. Thank God, eh? I still pray for you and another family everyday. I'm glad things are coming together for you now.

God bless,
Vicki

Karatemom
04-10-2003, 08:42 PM
Well now you know he's on the mend. They are starting to take him off his BiPap a few hours at a time each day. He sits in a chair most of the day. And the real reason you know he's feeling better: He has asked me to bring up his pool tapes to watch!!!

Heide ~ all warm and fuzzy now!!!!!

Rod
04-10-2003, 09:32 PM
So the ole coot is comming around eh? LOL That's great watching those tapes is just the spark he needs. Next will be the SW so he can practice his stroke. /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif Well maybe that comes much later but it's all a good sign.

Rod

stickman
04-11-2003, 01:05 AM
That's good news. I can't wait for him to be back home and posting again. I played my league match tonight and my game was lousy. Luckily, my opponent's game was lousier than mine. LOL It was hard to believe that I could play so poor and still win. Tell him that I said to get better fast. I miss his encouragement. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Rich R.
04-11-2003, 04:03 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Karatemom:</font><hr> And the real reason you know he's feeling better: He has asked me to bring up his pool tapes to watch!!!<hr /></blockquote>
<font color="red"> Chris is Back!!!!!!!!!!! </font color>

Warm up the chalk Mama, Chris will be home soon.

Ross
04-11-2003, 10:48 AM
I think asking for pool tapes is a REALLY good sign since it means not only is his body coming back to health, but so is his spirit!

Welcome back, CC, to the real world. Or, at least to the world of pool, which we all know is better than the real world! /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

And congrats to you too Heidi for hanging in there like a trooper. I know - -what choice did you have? But you've done it with amazing grace and good humor, which I know must have been very hard at times. You are one tough cookie! And CC is a lucky man to have you around. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

snipershot
04-12-2003, 07:59 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Karatemom:</font><hr> He has asked me to bring up his pool tapes to watch!!!

<hr /></blockquote>

With that in mind...... I think Chris is gonna be just fine /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Karatemom
04-12-2003, 08:49 PM
Haven't had much to post lately, but just called the hospital and got some incredible and amazing news.

Geez, where to start. Okay, he took a shower this morning, my himself, with no BiPap on, only oxygen, which was at a normal level, not elevated or anything. Just like breathing regular old air like us. The nurse didn't tell him what level the oxygen was at though, so he didn't get all worked up - very smart.

For the last few weeks, as you know, he has been coughing up clots. Well, his lungs have been full of them and are finally showing signs of letting up. The bigger clots that he was bringing up, I was told, most people don't live to talk about them. He is extremely lucky! Now the little ones, they still block the airway, but not 100%, and most people would call them big. The nurse said that most people don't live to tell about the mucus plugs that block their airway.


He had no anxiety tonite bringing any of them up. He is learning how to handle the situation and had no problem. He was very bright-eyed and happy and definitely in a take-charge kind of mood.

Today when I went to visit him, I told him about the whole ordeal that he went through. Most of which he has no clue about, and couldn't believe it. I think he now realizes how far he has really come and isn't about to let something little like this bring him down.

Nurse said that when he does come home, he will still most likely have some secretions in his lungs, since his lungs were just completely full of clots in the beginning, and he will still have to cough some of them out, but they will be much smaller than they are now. All of his breathing treatments and humidifying are helping.

I hope all of his makes sense. It was so much to take in, haven't heard that much good news in one day in a long time.

Thanks for listening.

Heide

Tom_In_Cincy
04-12-2003, 08:52 PM
Next thing you know he will be doing is looking for a match..

Great news Heide.. the begining is close.

stickman
04-12-2003, 09:16 PM
Being the competitor that I believe he is, I know he'll win this match. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif I'm glad he has you by his side.

Kato
04-12-2003, 09:17 PM
Real good stuff that is.

Kato

Rod
04-12-2003, 11:54 PM
Well that's great, Chris is getting back in touch with reality. I'm sure he will progress from here at a quick rate. I imagine being able to step out in the sun one day soon will be a welcome shock to his system. Good stuff, great to hear.

Rod

Scott Lee
04-13-2003, 12:43 AM
Heide...There's only ONE thing to say here! HOORAY! It'll be a great day when CC gets to come home for good!...and we're NOT letting him go back again! LOL This is wonderful news...give that SOB a hug for me (but don't tell him it's from me! LOL)!

Scott

Rich R.
04-13-2003, 05:32 AM
Heide, it seems like Chris's body keeps kicking out the bad stuff. That is GREAT NEWS.
These are all steps on his journey to return home. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

BTW, it is about time he took a shower. /ccboard/images/graemlins/blush.gif