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Rattle As She Walks

By Scot Pollok on

Sweet Miss Liz, our nurse from yesterday, is back again. She just delivered quite a few medications (pain meds, zinc, B6, stool softeners, anti-clotting meds, anti-nausea and Tylenol). Liza took so many, she said, "I'm going to rattle when I walk." Liz thought that was funny. She is trying to...

Another Night

By Scot Pollok on

Last night was significantly better. Liza still had trouble with pain (she's getting back up to a 5 or 6 at worst) but most of that seems to be associated with the surgery and surgery site. Many nurses and a few doctors have admitted that Arnold-Chiari surgical patients experience great pain...

Down for the Night

By Scot Pollok on

The last 20 hours or so have been a mixed bag. Great moments of humor, conversation and bravery, rough moments of intense pain and discouragement. But overall, the good weighs much more than the bad. Liza is grateful and enduring.  Today she walked around the ward several times. She ate...

God's Word

By Scot Pollok on

This was very meaningful to Liza, her mum and me. Sonja, Liza's mum, read it in her daily devotional yesterday during surgery and shared it with us today. It's an amalgamation of diverse and direct quotations from the book of Ruth, Isaiah, the Psalms, the Gospel of John and Luke. I'll...

Pain and a Long Walk

By Scot Pollok on

A few hours ago, Liza awoke from a nap in significant pain. Since about midnight last night, pain management has been more tricky, with several long spouts of good pain. Since the surgical anesthesia has now finally worn off, today has been the most painful. In this particular instance...

New Room

By Scot Pollok on

We are in a new room, different ward. The weird thing is, it is about twenty three feet away from our old room, down four rooms. Different nurse, different expectations, bigger room and better furnishings. All good things.  Liza has been up out of bed five different times, the last of...

First Walk and More Rounds

By Scot Pollok on

Liza took her first walk to the bathroom, about ten or twelve small steps. She is very strong, but it was not easy. There are some immediate dividends paid out to a foray like that so soon after a major surgery. She felt nauseous for the first time after getting back to the bed, and the neck...

Last Night

By Scot Pollok on

Rounds are happening now and the ICU nurses are changing shifts. Carolina was our nurse throughout yesterday evening and the wee hours of the morning. She was thoughtful and attentive.  Last night was rough. Liza's pain got pretty bad at a few points, as the surgical anesthesia continued...

Still at a Two

By Scot Pollok on

That one to ten pain scale is a bit tricky. You know the one: “Can you rate your pain on a scale of one to ten, ten being the worst?” On the one hand you can’t say ten. That would be presumptuous for most, let’s be honest. Unless you're in labor pains, broke your femur or...

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