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April 1st, 2006


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07:08 am - Here we go again
Those of you that read erickavan know that she was waiting to hear from her doctor about whether or not she was going into the hospital again yesterday. It all started two days ago, actually, when she called me just as I was finishing work to tell me that she'd talked to her doctor about her continuing shortness of breath and a tear in her skin that was not healing well. He apparently told a nurse to call her and have her go into the hospital Thursday night. This never got communicated to her, so everyone was surprised when she wasn't in the hospital Friday morning. Come Friday mid-morning, things got back to the wait for a call stage.

I came home after lunch just in time to hear her side of the conversation about getting her into the hospital. So we packed up her bag with all the essentials: books, puzzle books, crocheting supplies, her blood sugar tester, her insulin pump supplies and the like. We headed to the hospital about 4:00 p.m.

She got settled into temporary sleeping space about 11:00 p.m. and that's when I headed home. The current course of action seems to be supporting her breathing (with steroids, nebulizer treatments) and continuing wound care. Her doctor was making noises about an extended stay at a rehab facility once she's discharged, but E sees that as one step to a nursing home so she's not excited about that plan.

I've got some things to do here at home and hope to get out see her before they move her to room of her own. The hospital is full to the gills, so it may be a while before she gets settled. Once she's settled in, I'll post her contact info as she'll really appreciate visitors and outside contact. We're looking at ways to get her net.connectivity, but don't know how that will work out.

Me, I'm tired. Just tired.

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From:supergee
Date:April 1st, 2006 01:19 pm (UTC)
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Our prayers and best wishes are with her.
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From:jbru
Date:April 1st, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
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Thanks so much.
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From:cakmpls
Date:April 1st, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC)
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Well, heck. Do let us know when she is settled. Is she allowed to have chocolate?

I don't suppose she'll have access to a DVD player for awhile? Or does she have a portable one? P has said he'll loan her stuff from his anime collection to help pass the time.

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From:jbru
Date:April 1st, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC)
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Chocolate is just fine. No DVD player at this time, though maybe VHS. I'm going to look at portables for her, perhaps as early as today. Will let you know.
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From:porphyrin
Date:April 1st, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
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Which hospital?
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From:jbru
Date:April 1st, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC)
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St. John's in Maplewood, MN.
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From:pegkerr
Date:April 1st, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
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I am so sorry that you are both facing this again.
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From:jbru
Date:April 1st, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC)
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Thank you.
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From:jbru
Date:April 1st, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
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She's got one, just never uses it.
From:doccross
Date:April 1st, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
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Damn, that blows. I hope this hospital stay is a short one and Erika gets better soon.
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From:jbru
Date:April 2nd, 2006 12:04 am (UTC)
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It's looking like it will be short. And we've got some ideas on how to keep her out of that place to work on.

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