Sunday, January 16, 2011

Phenomenal!


phe·nom·e·nal/fəˈnämənəl/Adjective
1. Very remarkable; extraordinary.

During rounds today, another ENT resident spoke with the team and described Cale as doing phenomenal. Wow! I love it! I love that everyone is looking at Cale and even medically saying this is crazy that everything went so perfectly! Praise God!

It's been a much better day! NO seizure activity, no high blood pressure or heart rate, and no throwing up! Cale's been (for the most part), pain free! She had to give pain meds twice, but other than that, he says his nose is uncomfortable. They figured out that the seizure he had yesterday was not because of the surgery, but because of his meds being all switched around. They checked his levels of one of his medications, and it was really low. They've upped that med for a few days and will then recheck. There was no sign of seizure activity at all today, so it seems to be under control.

They kept him in ICU for another day to monitor for any more seizures and also because he was showing symptoms of Diabetes insipidus. The test came back with unclear results and it seems to have resolved itself through the day. If everything stays stable through the night, he should be moved out of ICU tomorrow. We'll both be very glad for that!

A few things great for Cale...he's on a regular tray today! He wasn't too impressed with either of the lunch or dinner trays though. Of course when I asked him what sounded good, he said, "Pizza!" It's a praise that he's swallowing just fine! Patty was a little nervous about this and had planned to come on Tuesday and do an evaluation. The great thing is that since it was all through his nose, it's not as much of an issue, compared to if they would have had to cut his lip, or break his palate. Such a blessing that didn't happen! Also, out of 5 IV's he now has two. Those two have been replaced and seem more comfortable to him. He also sat in a chair for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's so good for him to get out of that bed!

Kathy left today. It was sad to see her go. Cale was droopy and minutes from a nap when she said good bye so he didn't take it too hard. It's been a pretty quick adjustment to it being the two of us again. It's always sad to see people leave though!

While Cale was eating lunch today, my eyes started to do something weird. I told Kathy about it, but I had a hard time explaining it. Out of my right eye it was like a static TV...black and white fuzziness. After a little bit it went away, but it had left me with a headache. Not too longer after, it was time to take Kathy to the airport; by the time we were to the elevator, the headache was turning into a migraine. Ugg. Kathy said that made since of what my eyes had been doing. As I drove her to the airport, it was getting worse by the minute. I was afraid of driving back because it hurt to keep my eyes open and I was afraid of throwing up. The whole time I was thinking it was crazy and very inconvenient because I had to get back and be with Cale! I made it back to my room and felt like I couldn't move! Terrible. I laid my head down for an hour and drifted to another land. When I woke up, my head still felt heavy, but I had to get back and be with Cale. Thankfully the nurse said he had slept most of the time I was gone. It was not a fun experience at all, but I'm sure I needed a little rest.

When I did get back, I climbed in bed with Cale for some much deserved cuddle time! :) He keeps telling me I'm sweet every time I help him with something! It warms my heart so much!! After dinner we played some cards again. Yesterday he was too unstable, but today was great. He was tired though so we only made it through one game. After that I talked with the nurse and we were able to work in Cale's normal bed time routine. He has had awesome nurses taking care of him! The nurse he had the last two days has been incredible and has been on top of everything he has needed. She's also fought for him and supported me on what I thought was going on. It means so much to have such great staff taking care of my husband! We have been so blessed with that at each hospital!

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:14-15

I've been talking to Cale a lot about prayer. Not only has God worked AMAZING miracles the last couple days, but He's been working them all along! Cale doesn't get to see it like I do, and I know that's so frustrating to him. He was really sad tonight that he's in the hospital. He was tired before his surgery of being here, and the last couple days hasn't helped! Poor guy has been poked and prodded so many times that he just wants to be done with it all! Before I said good night, I prayed with him and when I listened to his prayer, he prayed again that God would help him to be happy. We didn't talk about that specifically before, but it was on his heart. I talked with him about coming to God confidently asking and His word promises that if it lines up with His will, then we can know that we have it! I'm still in awe of how the Lord worked on Friday! And then, yesterday was such an off day, but today was great! That's not all just the medicines doing! ;)

It's one of the best things getting to talk with Cale about God's word and His promises for us. I love when we can read scripture together and claim it again as husband and wife!

3 comments:

  1. Yay for the progress he made today. Sorry about the migraine..those are no fun. You were most likely temporarily losing your peripheral vision which is from the migraine. I used to have that happen and it was scary...hopefully it won't happen again. It's morning EST so I'm praying that today he has another miraculous day...

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  2. You know, Father gave me an experiance of wanting happiness. I had a dear dear friend tell me happiness is just a feeling. JOY is a characteristic of Christ, therefore, it is in us. I love how well Cale is doing. I feel it's a gift from Father to me!! I love you. Marion

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  3. So awesome to hear all God has done! Such an amazing answer to pray!

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