Saturday, March 29, 2008

Camille's (Disregard Time)

Lynn and I met up with Kimberly, Cassidy, Cori and Jeff, at Camille's Sidewalk Cafe (in Rosemont, IL) a few hours before Kim and Cassidy were scheduled to fly back to Idaho Falls. We filled our stomachs up with sandwiches of all kinds, tortilla chips and salsa! :)

Friday, March 28, 2008

Stent(less) FINALLY!

Yesterday I had my stent removed. (The stent was hollow and made out of rubber. It was about six or seven inches long with the width as round as a straight pin.) My body is finally free from all its foreign objects. The removal was about five minutes long, the preparatory work was about 15 or 20 minutes and of course my mental state of mind lasted much longer than the entire procedure. I have been calling this little object a stint; whereas, it is actually called a stent. For those of you, like myself, who are not familiar with a ureteric stent I have attached a picture of a stent and also a picture of how it is secured in the ureter tube by way of the kidney and bladder.
I think we are so lucky to be living in such a wonderful period of time when medical procedures like this can be completed and performed without too many problems.


Thursday, March 27, 2008

Foreign Objects!

Today, 3/27/08, the last foreign object will be removed from my body. The doctor will put my urethra asleep and then take a wire with pliers on the end and remove the 'stint' and also take pictures of my bladder while in there. The only question I had was 'How long will my urethra be asleep?' The entire procedure shouldn't last more than 20 minutes. I am nervous about having the doctor enter that region of my body again ... but, I am also well aware that I am now on the road to recovery and things will only go 'UP' from here.


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Property Owners

We are now officially property (we are not landowners since do not have that much land ... we are living in a townhouse community) owners in the Chicago suburbs!
// fyi: Toggle the map to the middle bar and up a few more bars and then you will be able to see how far we are from downtown Chicago and other points of interest.


Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day One and All!

St. Patrick's Day
is an enchanted time –
a day to begin
transforming winter's dreams
into summer's magic.
~Adrienne Cook

Friday, March 14, 2008

Homeowners in Chicagoland!

Monday (March 17th), on St. Patrick’s Day (the luck of the Irish!) Lynn and I will be closing on our townhouse. Like Cori, (Shelly's Niece) we will be homeowners in Chicagoland. We are about 45 to 60 minutes (depending on traffic) from Cori and downtown Chicago. According to our attorneys, the mortgage company, and our realtor, our money situation is all in order so all we need to do is take a deep breath, jump, and start swimming fast and furious. Medically speaking, I’m doing better. The stint will be removed on Mar. 27th … and I am hoping that by next month I will be up and at ‘em and pounding the unemployment pavement.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Ups and Downs

Every day has its share of ups and downs. The last few days have not been so good for me and Lynn has to keep reminding me that I need to be more patient with myself. I am feeling healthier in some ways (from my last surgery) and then there are other ways that I need to keep pacing myself so that I don’t wear myself out. I am so grateful that my surgery went as well as it did, but I desperately want to begin feeling better NOW! (I know .... patience, patience, patience ...)

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Saturday is a Special Day!

I am continuing to heal and I am feeling healthier each and every day. I do tire quickly and I am still pretty sore. There are parts of me that are mending faster than other areas; for example, I have to think long and hard to create a sentence that makes any sense at all; whereas my stomach is craving all the items within and without the food pyramid. I can only be grateful that things are going smoothly this time around. I can’t wait until I am back to my somewhat “?” normal self. Lynn has been great through it all. I feel extremely lucky and blessed to have such a great husband, a fantastic family, and wonderful friends who continue to love and support Lynn and I in all our professional and personal endeavors. Thank you one and all!

With great appreciation and love,


Thursday, March 6, 2008


The leash (catheter) is gone. Hallelujah!!!! The staples are also gone. Shelly is very tender, and tired today, and I think that she has tried to do too much. Still in comparison with the hysterecomy she is doing much better than she did with that at this time. We are thinking that if she is doing this well come Sunday she may be able to go to Church. At least she is hoping so. We will cross that bridge when we get to it. She is taking it one day at a time, which is what she should be doing.

Love you all

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Doing better today

Shelly is doing much better today. She is taking some nausea medicine that we had and it seems to be working. Her appetite is much better and she is asking me to get her pizza. I told her that is something that we ought to wait for a couple of days for just to make sure that it will not upset her at this point. She is still really tired (suprize surprize) and will be really glad to get the "leash" off and staples out. That will be on Thursday.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Monday just keeps coming up

Today has not been a banner day for Shelly. She is have abit of nausea today. She did not have the problem before I think as they pumped her full of anti-nausea medication before during and after the surgery. She has now got that all out of her system. I just fed her some soup and we will see how that sits with her. When I have more info I will update as needed, unless y'all want a running commentary.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

She is Home

Hallelujah!!! Shelly is home.

The Doctor changed her diet to a fuller meal and told her that if she could eat it without getting an upset stomach she could go home. Viola here we are at home. She got home at about 3:00 PM. Needless to say she is very tired and is ready to take a nap. I have gone to the pharmacy to get her prescriptions filled. The doctor is leaving her catheter in for a week until the bladder is more healed and he gave her prescription for that, and also a pain prescription.

She wanted me to post a picture of her Urologist Doctor Cornilius Smith and two of the angel nurses that she had Gina and Michelle

Eating Breakfast

Saturday March first

9:00 AM
Shelly is doing good this morning. When she ordered breakfast she told them she wanted steak and eggs. They just laughed at her and told her that she was still on a liquid diet so she is settling for v8 juice and jello. We are hoping that she will be able to go home today but we dont know yet as the doctor has not come in to talk to us as it is still early.