Sunday, August 17, 2008

Thanks for asking

No pictures, just the facts. I have been sitting by Jim's bedside in the hospital. He is recovering from surgery to remove a section of his colon where cancerous lesions were found during his first routine colonoscopy. I won't preach. Can't preach because I have not yet had my own first checkup - it will be scheduled shortly - just know that his doctor said that another very few months would have made the difference between a good and a poor outcome. Bumping up against mortality in this way has us both rattled to the core. And that business about sitting by his bedside? That's a lie! They have huge, high tech lounge chair that I spent the first night sleeping in but the next day Jim found he was more comfortable in the chair than in the hospital bed so at any point in the last 72 hours nurses and doctors have found me sleeping, sprawled out and generally lounging in the bed. I'm just home for a moment to count cat heads, change, shower, brew myself a decent cup of coffee and head back to duty. A duty I am so grateful to be performing. More when I can.

8 comments:

Jackie K. said...

Sending virtual support your way. I have been down this path - just one year ago. It is indeed a wallop to the psyche.

Caron said...

Deb,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Hospitals are no place for anyone... they are hard on the patients, and tough on the family! Take time to pamper yourself in little ways while you are there. Coffee breaks, do your toenails while he sleeps, etc. In other words, DISTRACTIONS!

Keep us posted.
Caron in Michigan

arlee said...

Hugs and warm coloured thoughts

Terry said...

Yikes. Glad he went for the colonoscopy. I need to do that, too. Take care...

Judy Sall said...

Many prayers and good wishes to you both. May he have a speedy recovery and be home soon.

jude said...

boy oh boy, i am so so sorry. please know i am thinking of you.

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JulieZS said...

Wow, that is amazing and wonderful, I'm so very glad that he got that colonoscopy in time! You know, this is the second thing I've read just this morning reminding me that my husband needs to go get his first colonoscopy. We were joking about it a week ago, but I guess I have to make the appointment for him, since he'll just put it off forever. Thanks for sharing this and getting me off the stick and making that call! Hope you and Jim are doing well.