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The Sunday Special

By Scot Pollok on

12:40PM Sunday - In the few hours I've been here this morning, many things have happened. Sunday is supposed to be slow - even Nurse Angelica, who is back with us today, said so. But today hasn't been slow.  First, I woke up and packed up a list of things to bring from the hotel, including...

The Sunday Special Update

By Scot Pollok on

1:31PM Sunday - Dr. Ali just called the room phone and checked in with Liza. I handed the phone to her and they talked together. The back of her head still feels much better which means that pain is nerve related. This is the "diagnostic" part I suppose. The continuing pain at the crown of her...

Fresh Sheets and Towels

By Scot Pollok on

8:15PM Sunday - For Liza, there has been a price to pay for almost any upright movement - for six months. Since the February CT myelogram that caused the original "leak" and spinal headache, most simple things are quite difficult. Tonight, knowing the price, Liza wanted to take a shower, having...

Saturday Updates and Questions

By Scot Pollok on

10:50AM Saturday - I arrived this morning to a teary-eyed Liza. While her night wasn't as bad as the hellish first night here, she did have a rough one. "It's just my head" she said, as she holds her forehead and her eyes filled with tears.  The new nurses made up for their less personable...

Saturday Shift Change

By Scot Pollok on

7:41PM Saturday - The nursing staff is beginning to shift over. Maria, our nurse for the day has been replaced with Sonny, a new male nurse we just met. Cinque (Cheeky is how she pronounces it) is also back as our clinical partner.  It's been a day of minute progression in my opinion. But...

Some Friday Improvement

By Scot Pollok on

9:51AM Friday - Liza had a significantly better night than the last one - which was a nightmare in many ways. The ketamine drip and new med-matrix has helped. Her pain still shoots up dramatically whenever she sits up or moves around, but this is a form of improvement. I just helped her up to...

My Gift Giver

By Scot Pollok on

12:10PM Friday - Liza's a bit worse at the moment from movement. She just got some meds as well - on a specific schedule - which hopefully will allow her to sleep. The afternoon - at least it was yesterday - is prime time for sleep.  Yet even from bed, with barely open eyes, Liza gave me...

Friday Night in Beverly Hills

By Scot Pollok on

9:59PM Friday - I would very much like to be at a quiet, fancy, candlelit table for two with my bride. But instead we had a short cuddle in a hospital bed and a very sweet prayer time before I left. It was tremendously special. I prayed for a while and then my best friend prayed for me - and all...

Thursday on Neuro Floor

By Scot Pollok on

12:25PM Thursday - I arrived here a little after 8:00. I hit the snooze button a couple of times and the visitor check-in process was long. When I walked in the room, Liza looked upset, unrested and in pain. She said the night was very rough - that's my translation of what she said. Her pain was...

A Possible Explanation

By Scot Pollok on

6:37PM Thursday - Well, a lot has happened today. Liza has more pain management options now but they are still building in her system. Dr. Louy, who has been here twice today, ordered a continuous low dose Ketamine drip, which was finally installed in a new IV on Liza's right arm, around 1PM or...

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