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    I was doing some shopping this morning including getting some fruit to make Terry a fresh fruit salad, which made me late getting to the hospital. Next thing I get a call on my cellphone from a ward sister. "WTF! What's happened!?" I say. No nothing, your wife wants to know where you are, she wants to discuss Christmas.

    Well, its official, tomorrow is now Christmas 2006. No fancy foods and Champers, that will come later, just the whole family, summoned with all their gifts for one another, to have Christmas in Terry's ward.

    So, finally, merry Christmas everyone.
    Doug

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    Well then, Merry Christmas! Have a good one!
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    Merry X-Mas to all your family!
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    Merry Christmas Doug and Terry!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Best wishes from all of us.
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    Great news Doug,

    Have a great day and hope its one of your best Xmas' ever
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    Christmas today was kinda surreal but fun. Terry being the only patient in the ward (which was what probably sparked the idea), we shut the door and took over the place.

    Terry loved watching everyone opening the gifts she had so carefully chosen. A bright sunny day in her recent life of storms. Poor girl struggled to get the wrapping off her gifts, every one useless until she gets out of there, but wouldn't allow any help.

    During her fuzzy period of the past few weeks she expressed 2 fervent wishes, firstly to go home and secondly to see the sea again and walk once more on her most beloved beaches. Can't do much about the 1st, but I could happily inform her I've booked 2 weeks at her favourite seaside spot in March, giving her 7 weeks to become beachworthy again. She's filled with trepidation but is going to give it her best shot and her Physio promised to help.

    On the health front, nothing dramatic but she's a little more independant every day. The trachy-hole surgeon reckons she has to go back to theatre again this week, and maybe again after that until they get the bloody thing to heal. Damn anti-rejection drugs!!

    PS: Many thanks to those who are still lending support.
    Doug

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    It's really nice to know that you guys have celebrated christmas now. It's a strangely wonderful thing to hear, as I am sure that it is very benificial for her state of mind and yours and your family's, for that matter.

    I'm not the most eloquent person, so I can't really express how happy it makes to here that she is on the road to recovery, but I assure that you, Terry, and your family have my best wishes.

    I hope she can thoroughly enjoy those 2 weeks, it sounds as though you'll both benifit from a little r&r.
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    That sounds great, Can't wait to hear the beach holiday report
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    That beach holiday idea is Gold!!!

    We'll keep on praying over here for a speedy recovery, good health and a great beach vacation.
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    Bad day today.

    First thing in the morning, the throat surgeon tells Terry she has to go back to theatre today for the 4th time.

    1 to put in the trachy
    2 to take out the trachy and close the hole
    3 to have another go at closing the hole
    4, today, see 3.

    Then he leaves her all day to stew over it and they only collects a terrified her at 17h00. I get word she's going back to ICU, so I pack all her stuff from the ward and unpack it in her assigned ICU cabinet. Then I wait to meet her as she exits the theatre area and they tell me the doc says she's ok, she can go back to the ward. So we are parted, her to the ward and me to ICU. Hmph!

    4 operations on the same spot in less than a month! Believe me, that makes for some seriously raw meat and Terry is in PAIN.

    The days saving grace was I had to listen to her tell me proudly several times how should stood alone today, while the Physio and assisting nurses clapped and cheered.
    Doug

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    Hey Doug, my thoughts are with you and your wife.

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    Terry is recovering ok from her latest throat op and is able to eat and swallow again now.

    Strange coincidence: Just before she fell ill, she received a 'missed call' from an old work colleague from where she used to work several years ago, before her health packed up. She mentioned it over the weekend, so I checked her phone and called the number. Turns out someone was just messing with the phone and dialled her number by mistake. Nevertheless the colleague was shocked to hear about Terry's misfortune and has spread the word. Over the last few days, she's had a steady stream of old workmates visit (pre-warned by the colleague not to show their shock at her condition), which has lifted her spirits big time. Can't remember when last I've seen such joyful smiles from her, I had to look away and pretend to be finding something very interesting outside the window, until I could swallow the lump.

    When she went into hospital, she was fine on the outside and wrecked on the inside. This has now been reversed. The engine is ticking over ok, but the bodywork is a train smash. Only her face is unmarked and that's only because the marks from the plasters holding the respirator tube in her mouth have faded. Some of the wounds where her skin has ruptured are serious, so I had a word with the hospital matron, who has taken personal charge of Terry's nursing and has brought in a 'wound specialist' to treat her.

    The holiday is still on so far, but a bikini just isn't going to happen.
    Doug

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    Hi Doug, it looks like the road to full recovery, albeit a slow one. Keep up the morale and all the best to you and Terry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug_Dread
    Over the last few days, she's had a steady stream of old workmates visit (pre-warned by the colleague not to show their shock at her condition), which has lifted her spirits big time. Can't remember when last I've seen such joyful smiles from her, I had to look away and pretend to be finding something very interesting outside the window, until I could swallow the lump.
    Frienship is gold on this occasions.
    I hope her wounds can go away fast with the specialist intervention.
    Once again I's amazed with how well you can take care of your wife. She's very lucky.
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