Mar 29, 2012 - 11:46 pm
Don's swallow test was just fine and we came home this afternoon! Home Sweet Home!!! But wouldn't you know - had him in a wheelchair and all of his things in another wheelchair - had to wait at the hospital pharmacy for 45 minutes for prescriptions - but they had some musicians performing in the lobby area which was very enjoyable. I took the wheelchair load of belongings to the car, came back and got him and the scripts - it was quite chilly especially in the parking ramp. Got all settled in the car and it wouldn't start - dead battery - Geez oh Pete! Went back into hospital - got the security people to come jump the battery and they sent a rookie who had apparently never used jumper cables - we thought for a few minutes that Don was gonna have to get out of the car and show the dude how to hook em up. Finally - got that resolved and we were on our way home! It's always something isn't it?
We do not have the pathology report - I'm almost thinking about waiting to see if they call here - no news is good news right? A couple of days of some good home healing would be fine with me. We were so happy to hear that Bill and Freida will be going home too - how exciting!
There were four people on the floor with Don who had the same surgery - isn't that something? Everyone of them has basically the same experiences as all of the rest of us - never heard of esophageal cancer and then BAM -
Don coughs a lot and of course it hurts - but he is tolerating his soft food diet quite well so far. Hoping there will be minimal dumping - he hasn't had that yet or the vomiting. We have not needed to use the tube yet - just flush it twice a day. His pain level is also very good - doesn't need too much pain med so he's healing fast and for that I truly thank God and all of you who have prayed for Don.
CaptDave gave us a link to purchase a wedge for the bed and I ordered that just as soon as we got home. He is going to sleep in his recliner until that arrives. He could probably pile up pillows - but I think he's happy to be in comfy chair.
If anyone has any recipes to share for the soft food diet - I sure would appreciate those too - variety is so important and I am the least creative food person ever. I don't really cook (sure wish we lived closer to Loretta!) - I love doritos and coke - and that isn't on the list of ok foods for Don LOL.
I'm sure as we enter this new phase of the journey - we'll need your help and you know me - I'll be sure to ask - thank you all so much. We also appreciate unsolicited advice - so if you think of anything - please feel free to pass that along also.
Love and hugs to all of you and I will try to respond to the private messages (pm) within the next couple of days.
Again, thank you all!