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Our Muslim Friend Next Door

By Scot Pollok on

1:44PM Tuesday - The fourth floor of Cedars Sinai, North Tower, transitions from a Peds floor, with the NICU at the far end, to a neuro floor on the west side. The nurses stations and food services run through the middle of the floor east to west, with pods of four rooms nestled in outcroppings...

The Word on Discharge

By Scot Pollok on

5:35PM Tuesday - I went for another trip to Target for some supplies, trying to time my return for meds at 3:00. I was about ten minutes late and missed the meds (by a break nurse) and a visit from Dr. Louy. He was especially tender with Liza, checking on the new abdomen cinch brace and asking...

Reunited

By Scot Pollok on

11:46PM Monday - Making the decision to come back to Texas for a few days to be with our kids - switching places with Sonja, Liza's mum - was terribly difficult. Sonja was here by Liza's side for the whole time I was gone, save just two hours. Leaving our kids today was also hard. But returning...

Saturday Morning Voice Text

By Scot Pollok on

12:15PM Saturday - Over the past many days, for me personally, the mornings have been the most stressful part of the day. I leave Liza with as good of preparations and communications with nurses and meds that we can manage, I go to sleep praying, wake in the night praying and then scurry to the...

Saturday Afternoon Phone Call

By Scot Pollok on

4:30PM Saturday - About an hour ago my phone lit up with my Liza ringtone (It's a sassy song that makes bystanders laugh). I answered it in less than a second.  Again, her voice was low but a bit higher than the whisper from earlier this morning. She continues to do better than terrible -...

Saturday Evening Prayer

By Scot Pollok on

I spoke to Liza tonight on the phone three times, the last of which included some time with her and each of the kids.  The same nurse as last night is caring for Liza again tonight. Hopefully - this is our prayer - tonight will be just as good as last night. Sleep is really important to...

She's Back in Her Room

By Scot Pollok on

9:02 Friday - At 6:53PM our time, I began receiving texts from Sonja that Liza was back in her room. We went back and forth a bit with information.  Then at 8:12PM Liza actually called. She was in generally good spirits even though the blood patch was different because of her stay in the...

Friday Blood Patch

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3:31PM Friday - Texas Time: 1:31PM Friday - California Time: Liza is headed into the left side of the PACU (I presume) yet again for what is officially, blood patch number five - the fourth at Cedars Sinai with Dr. Louy.  I am at home with the kids, arriving just after midnight last night...

The Thursday Flurry

By Scot Pollok on

5:35PM Thursday - When I awoke this morning after a very rough night of semi-sleep, I opened the window to an ominous light-sienna haze. The "bobcat" wildfire about 30 miles away doubled in size overnight, and that's just one of the many in California, Oregon and other areas. It's been overcast...

More Fiddling on Wednesday

By Scot Pollok on

2:58PM Wednesday - I just snuck in from a quick lunch and was able to get back into the room without waking Liza. She didn't sleep hardly at all last night so warned me that today would include a lot of naps.  Liza and I continue to discuss our options and decisions regarding all things...

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