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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The morning after

I think it's Wednesday. Am I right?
Well anyway, it's the morning after my brothers surgery.
It was a long surgery. We went into the hospital Tuesday morning at 9 to check him in. We were told it was a 4 hour surgery. After they prepped him for two hours and gave him a spinal epidural, we finally picked our butts up and started moving.
(I don't mean to make this sound like its all about me, but this is my version.
The girlfriend was able to make it from Spokane. But she has Cystic Fibrosis and she herself has health problems. )
So we found a restaurant with 500 feet to have lunch and wait.
Then we waited some more.
The Dr called us twice to say " about two hour hours, but it's all OK."
At some point I was too anxious and with some gentle prodding from Humble Quilts Lori, I got up and out and walked up to Nob Hill. Did you hear that? I said, Nob Hill. Does that mean I've arrived?

Anyhow, about 10:15 last night we finally got in to see my little brother.
Do you think his height had anything to do with the length of his surgery and or the length of his large and small intestines?
(Oh by the way, his surgery was a total colectomy. His disease is called F A P. look it up if you really want to know. )

He was really slow and a little drugged but the best part, he's alive. I say this with tears in my eyes because I'm so happy. He manned up and did this and I'm so proud of him for doing it!
He has a long road of recovery but he can do it!

So there's a brief update.
Time to get dressed and return to the hospital.
Oh and today, I will be meeting Humble Lori. How wonderful of her to come up here to meet me. But I may cry on her and blubber all through lunch because I'm a ball of emotions and they are all right at the surface. I feel like a tick ready to pop.

Take care ladies!

Oh, and here's a picture from the top of Nob Hill.


LynCC said...

Oh! I sure hope your brother has a smooth recovery. I'm sorry he had to go through that. Hang in there!

Anonymous said...

Hang in there Brandie. Take a deep breath and think positive thoughts. Thinking of you. Lizzie

Marsha said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers. Praying for a smooth recovery for your brother. :)

Heather said...

I have been thinking about you and your brother and am so happy you were able to update us. Sending love, hugs and prayers your way.

Createology said...

Thankfully the surgery is over and recovery can begin. I shall keep your brother and family in my prayers. I am sorry you have to experience this but thankfully you have friends to help you. Healing Hugs...

Esther said...

Thanks for the updates. I continue praying for both of you. I am glad you had a little bit of a diversion during your stay. Take a deep breath, keep calm and continue on.

Jean(ie) said...

Hugs, Brandie. I'm glad recovery is in progress. That's a serious surgery. My mom had that done when she had cancer. It takes some getting used to dealing with the ostomy stuff. But tons of folks live with it every day, and I'm hopeful you brother does with grace and dignity.

Hugs from 3 hours north, my dear! Big squishy hugs!

Kathy H said...

So glad to hear he is out of surgery. Hugs and prayers to him and your family.

Lori said...

I hope you are not too disappointed I'll be a day later!! I really don't need a bunch of snot on my shirt!! LOL I would have come today had you been leaving tomorrow, but I was so sore from PT I could hardly move. I'm looking forward to helping you with a little diversion tomorrow.
I'm glad your brother (and you!) made it through this harrowing surgery!

paulette said...

Here's to a very speedy recovery!! All the best and a big hug!

Stasa Lynn said...

Your brother is blessed to have such a wonderful sister!

Wendy said...

Praying for a quick recovery for your brother! So glad that he made it through the long surgery. He is blessed to have you!

Sharon said...

How did I get so behind with your blog? Goodness, I am sending big hugs to you for your brothers speedy recovery. Lori is fab, so great that she came over to Ptld to visit.

Sue-Anne said...

Hi Brandie, just been catching up with blog news, sorry to hear your brother has been unwell but pleased the surgery went ok. I'm thinking of you and hope life returns to some kind of normality for you all very soon xxx