Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Sit & stand, Gall bladder ultrasound tomorrow

Here's a neat picture of Gracie & a couple of her new friends from the skilled nursing facility. The dog is a toy... batteries make it appear to breathe. The nice lady is real. She always lights up like a Christmas tree and smiles when the kids come with me. Gracie & Jacob seem to like the extra attention they get whenever they walk into the place. They're kind of like pint-sized celebrities.
Overall, a very good day for Denise. Someone, a total stranger until today, had visited her and gave her a big basket full of Avon goodies with which to pamper herself. (Thank you, but you're making me look bad). :O)
She just called me earlier this evening to say that she scored 100% on her physical therapy task test. Her big accomplishment today was sitting down into and standing up from a chair *without* using her hands. She did a set of ten. Her walking is getting less wobbly, too. Hopefully they'll let her walk around without a walker or cane soon... just pushing her own IV pole. Speaking of medical equipment, we did find the wheelchair and cushion with another one of the newer residents. Whew! She's in good spirits about all the progress. Topping things off, there's been no vomiting today that I'm aware of.
At 10:30am tomorrow morning she's going for a scan to see what part the gall bladder may or may not be playing in her emerging liver problem. Her liver enzymes are high. They're not nearly as high as she's had in the past, but we don't want to get anywhere near that high. Sorry, but once again I'm without specific numbers for any of you out there that are hep to hepatology. She has to go to another facility to have the scan done. My understanding is that it'll be done at Arcadia Radiology, which is affiliated with Arcadia Methodist Hospital (where she began her struggle), if not at the hospital itself. At any rate, please pray that this liver problem is something mild and/or easily remedied.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phil - just a suggestion: Tie a bright red bow (or any bright color) or both the wheelchair and cushion. My experience has been that staff and/or relatives will grab an available equipment when they need it. But, if it's got an obvious decoration, they are less apt to appropriate it for themselves.

February 16, 2006 8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the picture from Valentine's Day; you both look great. God has blessed you with a wonderful family. Say hi to Gracie from Casslyn!
The Treydtes

February 18, 2006 11:56 AM  

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