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Wed Apr 16, 2014, 07:41 PM

****WCGreen Update --Wednesday April 16, 2014****

From his wife:

Chris is weaning more and more off the vent.

He passed the sip test, so he is on a clear diet, which includes some fruit juices and jello as well as broth and tea. He is still on tube feeding and tolerating it a lot better. They put the tube into his small intestine, bypassing his very sensitive stomach. He also has meds that help the food to move along.

He will probably be moving to a rehab place before the month is out. Hopefully, Grace Hospital, on Fairview Hospital's 6th floor of the old bldg. He was there the last time he was REALLY sick.
I was at the hospital when Physical Therapy was there to work with Chris. I found out that Chris is not very cooperative in PT. Poor baby is often very tired. Since I was there, I encouraged him, and he stood for the first time (with help).



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Reply ****WCGreen Update --Wednesday April 16, 2014**** (Original post)
CaliforniaPeggy Apr 2014 OP
Jackpine Radical Apr 2014 #1
CaliforniaPeggy Apr 2014 #4
The Magistrate Apr 2014 #2
CTyankee Apr 2014 #3
CaliforniaPeggy Apr 2014 #5
boston bean Apr 2014 #6
CaliforniaPeggy Apr 2014 #7
pinboy3niner Apr 2014 #12
boston bean Apr 2014 #13
pinboy3niner Apr 2014 #27
CaliforniaPeggy Apr 2014 #29
CaliforniaPeggy Apr 2014 #14
spanone Apr 2014 #8
Raine1967 Apr 2014 #9
CaliforniaPeggy Apr 2014 #10
Joe Shlabotnik Apr 2014 #11
NCarolinawoman Apr 2014 #15
CaliforniaPeggy Apr 2014 #18
malaise Apr 2014 #16
Auntie Bush Apr 2014 #17
Solly Mack Apr 2014 #19
lumberjack_jeff Apr 2014 #20
CaliforniaPeggy Apr 2014 #22
WillyT Apr 2014 #21
Ohio Joe Apr 2014 #23
CaliforniaPeggy Apr 2014 #25
Liberal_in_LA Apr 2014 #24
lostincalifornia Apr 2014 #26
riderinthestorm Apr 2014 #28
MrMickeysMom Apr 2014 #30
CherokeeDem Apr 2014 #31
niyad Apr 2014 #32
nadinbrzezinski Apr 2014 #33
Mojorabbit Apr 2014 #34
CaliforniaPeggy Apr 2014 #35
gademocrat7 Apr 2014 #36

Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 07:44 PM

1. Thanks, Peggy--

Not just for the update, but for the love and care you are providing for him. I like to think of you as the representative of all of us.

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 07:47 PM

4. Thank you, my dear Jackpine Radical...

He and I have been close friends for some years, and doing these postings is the least I can do for him.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 07:44 PM

2. Excellent, Ma'am!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 07:46 PM

3. what a bad time for him! I wish you and him so much luck!

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #3)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 07:52 PM

5. It has been a long haul, and tough on him...

He is, however, getting better! I am so happy to be able to bring you good news!

Thanks for your good wishes, my dear CTyankee...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 07:52 PM

6. Glad to hear this peggy.

I hope he begins to recover in leaps and bounds. Seems as though it's been a really tough hard slog.

The news you bring this evening is encouraging!

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Response to boston bean (Reply #6)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 07:56 PM

7. Eventually his recovery will speed up, though I don't know when.

He was so sick when he had the surgery, and that dragged him down from the start. That's how it is sometimes.

I am greatly encouraged tonight as well!

Thank you for your good thoughts, my dear boston bean...

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Response to boston bean (Reply #6)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 08:04 PM

12. A friend had a single lung transplant, and that was an ordeal

A double is far more of a challenge. Bottom line, though, it's keeping Chris alive--and that's what counts.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #12)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 08:06 PM

13. yesiree. I've never met or knew anyone who needed a transplant.

but reading Peggy's notes here about Chris, it certainly has been eye opening.

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Response to boston bean (Reply #13)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 09:01 PM

27. I've been reluctant to Post in Peggy's threads about Chris

Because in the end, my friend died and I didn't want to have to say that and be a downer.

But his transplant gave him 8 more years of life (which may have been a record then).

I drove from my home in VA to pick him up in MD and take him back to the hospital in VA for his appointments pre- and post-transplant, and I had an inkling of what a rigorous ordeal that was for him.

He didn't want me to see him going through his PT, so he'd send me down to the lobby and the gift shop--where I'd buy Junior Mints for a treat while I read my book.

Post-transplant, he joked about his "moonface"--the puffing of his face caused by the steroid drugs he was on to prevent transplant rejection.

He really got a kick out of it when I sent him a birthday card I'd made--with a flattened Junior Mints box in it and some stupid words I wrote.

We stayed in touch after I moved to the West Coast, and the last phone call I got was about him planning to come out for a visit.

In the end, he died--as we all do. But for my friend that transplant was a lifesaver that gave him extra years that I will never regret.

R.I.P. Rod Kane, Vietnam veteran, Army combat medic, author, friend.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #27)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 09:06 PM

29. My dear pinboy3niner...

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #12)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 08:07 PM

14. He is doing really well, my dear pinboy...

I am very encouraged, on all fronts...

Thanks for coming by, sweetie...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 07:57 PM

8. thanks CaliforniaPeggy

k&r...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 07:57 PM

9. Ms. Peggy:

I have not responded in any of your updates until today.

I have always enjoyed WCGreen in the past and reading this update made me very very happy.

I am sending my and to you and WCGreen --- this is positive stuff

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Response to Raine1967 (Reply #9)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 08:02 PM

10. Well, it's about time you jumped in, my dear Raine1967!

I'm glad this update made you happy......it made me happy too!

It sure is a big positive step.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 08:03 PM

11. Thanks for the update

Good to hear that WCGreen is making strides.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 08:18 PM

15. I am so sorry he has to go through all of this.

WCGreen has always been one of my favorite posters here. Naturally, I never told him
this

It is hard to go through physical therapy when you don't have the energy. Hoping for a quick pick-up in the healing process.

Thank you so much for the update.

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Response to NCarolinawoman (Reply #15)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 08:28 PM

18. My dear NCarolinawoman...

Eventually, I think he will read all these updates, and then he will know how much you like him...

Not to worry...

I expect his healing to really pick up in the next month or two.

I'm so glad I can go back and forth between here and Facebook. It means a lot to me to be able to bring these updates to all of you...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 08:23 PM

16. Thanks for the update

please give Chris and his wife a group hug for me. Glad to hear he's recovering albeit slowly, but that was major surgery.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 08:26 PM

17. I don't know anybody that's had nearly as bad an experiene as poor WC

Keep up the good work WC. Yes, PT can be a real pain!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 08:41 PM

19. Thank you, Peggy!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 08:43 PM

20. Appreciate the updates, but I'm looking forward to hearing from him

 

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Response to lumberjack_jeff (Reply #20)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 08:49 PM

22. I hear ya, my dear lumberjack_jeff!

I am as well.

It's going to be a while, maybe months. His wife tells me that his fingers aren't very well coordinated these days...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 08:43 PM

21. Thanks Peg!!! - You're The Best !!!

 






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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 08:49 PM

23. Thanks for the updates Peg...

I hope you let him know we all miss him

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Response to Ohio Joe (Reply #23)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 08:52 PM

25. Ah, you're welcome, my dear Ohio Joe...

It's strange, but since he cannot talk with the trach, I am not sure just what he's aware of.

I have called and spoken to him a couple of times, but I don't really know (since he can't respond on the phone) just how much of what I say he understands.

Once he reads these posts, then he'll get it, if not before!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 08:50 PM

24. excellent

 

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 08:54 PM

26. It sound rough, but it also sounds like progress is being made. All the best to him

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 09:02 PM

28. Wow! Good news! He's crossed some major milestones with this update

 

Yay!! Happy dance!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 09:18 PM

30. Nice explanation, CP You know you gotta get that core strength!

Tough love and good breathing technique more than restorative care, it's true rehab.

WCG Your DU friends are rooting for you!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 09:20 PM

31. Sounding better all the time....

Good news indeed.

Thanks Peggy, for keeping us informed.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 09:26 PM

32. thank you for the update. was just thinking about his progress. please

let him know that good thoughts and healing vibes continue going his way. you are an absolute treasure.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 09:28 PM

33. Slow and steady

 

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Apr 16, 2014, 09:35 PM

34. Thank you for the update

I have been following his progress through your posts and am here rooting for him!

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Response to Mojorabbit (Reply #34)

Thu Apr 17, 2014, 12:27 AM

35. Thank you, my dear Mojorabbit!

I appreciate your good thoughts so much!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Thu Apr 17, 2014, 05:25 PM

36. Thank you, Peggy for the update.

Keep getting better and stronger, WCGreen.

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