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Emergency Room

By Scot Pollok on

3:47PM Wednesday - Well, today is not what we planned. I will just put a brief update for now to get prayer. Liza needs it right now.  Most of the day yesterday Liza's headache and nausea got worse. Last night was very rough. This morning, she began to get chills off and on. We called Dr...

More of the Emergency Story

By Scot Pollok on

6:34PM Wednesday - I'll save the full story for later, but here's an update. After waiting for two hours or more in a wild, wild emergency room waiting area, they finally got Liza a bed.  The ER Doc came in rather quickly, as did Olga the nurse who set up Liza's vitals and then Diane, our...

The Full Story of Wednesday

By Scot Pollok on

7:11PM Wednesday - A proper recap.  Sometime after the two DSM tests on Wednesday and Thursday of last week, Liza began to feel a little different. Her headache got worse and she was a little weaker. We discussed it and considered it a result of two more lumbar punctures, even though they...

First Time Apart

By Scot Pollok on

11:03PM Wednesday - Liza is settled into a private room on the Neuro Floor four stories above the Emergency Department. She has a good, kind, attentive nurse - Abigail - looking after her. Gabriel was our transport up. Biblical names. Love it.  Getting her transferred from the transport ED...

Tuesday Recovery

By Scot Pollok on

2:07PM Tuesday - We went to sleep early last night and slept in today until late morning. Yesterday was a long day. Today is Liza's birthday and we've already got a hotel room full of flowers from friends. Cards and videos and well wishes and prayers have been plentiful, making an otherwise...

She's in Recovery

By Scot Pollok on

1:35PM Monday - I was just able to see Liza for a few minutes (a few minutes longer than I was technically allowed to visit) and she looks great. Here are the details she shared.  She went back about 10:45 or so and was on the table until almost 1:00. She said Dr. Louy was even nicer than...

Two More Hours or so

By Scot Pollok on

4:50PM Monday - I just "snuck" into the PACU with bakery treats for the nurses and to see my bribe. A full bag of cupcakes, brownies, blondies, lemon bars and cookies makes a wide floor of nurses (this time including at least two men) very happy - fuel for that late afternoon slump. One by one...

Flat for a Long Time

By Scot Pollok on

8:30PM Monday - Liza was set free right at 7PM. The kind man that pushed her wheelchair to the car chatted us up the whole way. He was lovely. We got to the car and waited at the two longest red lights in the history of traffic signals. Liza did say that she already feels better than the last...

Epidural Blood Patch #3 or #4

By Scot Pollok on

9:07AM Monday - Our new nurse friend Joi just came and called Liza back to the PACU (left side of the ward is prep, right side is post-op recovery). Today is Liza's third blood patch here at Cedars Sinai (but she also had one in Houston in February).  Liza's pain has been pretty intense...

Strolled Down the Hall

By Scot Pollok on

10:35AM Monday - Liza just rolled down the hallway on her fancy, powered gurney. I was able to come back to the left side of the PACU and sit with her for about 30 minutes. I was able to give two more of the little gifts away. Sam, the nurse caring for her in prep, was lovely and kind. She was a...

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