Sunday, April 25, 2010

Debbie Reporting

Just a quick update from Debbie.

After a very rough evening yesterday, I am happy to report that Becky is doing much better. For a while last night, I thought we may have to take her to the hospital because she got in a cycle of throwing up every time she took medications which made it hard to control the pain and the low-grade fever she had been running. Dehydration was a concern as well. But finally at about 9 or 10 last night, she was able to eat a little bit and the medications stayed down. She slept pretty much all night except for getting up once to do the meds.

Steve made up a handy dandy chart to help us keep track of the amounts and times of when stuff needs to be taken and that has been a huge help. I told him he should send a copy to the clinic where Becky was at and suggest they send it home with families. (and yes, I am bossy) :-)

Today, there has been no vomiting and she was able to sit up in a recliner for several hours and eat something. The fever seems to be gone and we believe she has turned a corner. God is faithful and Becky, Steve and Sarah continue to amaze us with their good attitude and sweetness of spirit in the midst of all the Yuckiness. And this kind of Yuckiness definitely requires a capital Y!

Your continued prayers and expressions of support are such a gift--thank you. Becky has been able to take few minutes here and there to read your messages and that is so therapeutic for her.

More later...






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Wanda said...

Just letting you know that you are being thought of today, and are in our daily prayers. God is good and I'm sure His goodness and grace will see you through this. As a breast cancer survivor myself, I wish you only the very best. God Bless you and your family.

Wanda

Trine said...

Becky, I hope you feel better soon. I am thinking of you, thinking of you all, I don't what else to say, but I am sending my love from Denmark.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear what a tough time you had last night. Know you continue to be in my constant thoughts and prayers. I am hoping you continue to improve by the minute.

Cindy from Sonoma

Kellie said...

Hang in there Becky! We are praying you through this! Feel better soon!

Gina said...

Becky hang in there...you have such an incredible family. I've never posted before (silent reader for years) but today I wanted you to know that not only are you in my prayers...I admire your strength, dignity and beauty throughout this entire ordeal.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about the rough night. God is faithful. Hang in there. It can only get better.
Still praying in Indiana!
Buff

Anonymous said...

Hello Becky!
Still thinking of you and hope that you continue to feel better and better!

Debbie Haskell
Sacramento

Anonymous said...

Becky, I'm so sorry this has been so hard. I will keep you in prayer. God bless you.

Redeemed1 said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the rough night. The whole family is in my prayers.

Lesley said...

OK. Seriously. Since when has a double mastectomy been considered day surgery????? It is just awful to be sent home so soon. Practically barbaric!

But I am so glad to hear that things are settling down and Becky can stay hydrated and get the necessary pain meds to get through this.

I hope tomorrow brings a better day :)

Tammy said...

Just sitting here thinking of you Becky! I know being wrapped in the love of all your "caretakers" is a blessing right now!

michele(nurse in ny) said...

I am sorry this has been so rough on you. I am praying you feel better & better each day

Marysienka said...

Becky, I'm sorry to hear you had a rough time yesterday. I hope today was better. At least we know you have good people to take care of you!


I agree with Lesley- where I live, a mastectomy (w/o immediate expanders) is a 2 day inpatient stay. Or at least until the drains are out.

Hang in there Becky! I'm still sending good vibes your way!

Sue G said...

I've had some similar responses to various pain meds. May I suggest that they either be changed to a different kind and/or anti-nausea meds be given prior to the pain meds?

I'm so glad to hear that Becky is now keeping food down and is able to sit up for a while. Moving and coughing (with a pillow over the surgical area) are good ways to prevent the lungs from retaining fluid. Just a thought.

Becky, I know you were recently asking a good way to lose weight. This isn't it. So keep eating, keep getting stronger, and come back to us. Debbie is a great communicator. But we will all breathe a sigh of relief when we hear from you.

Blessings.

Debbie Jean said...

Thinking of you, Becky and praying for your fast recovery. Feel better!! There are pain meds that make me sick also. Talk to the doc about a switch.
Thanks Debbie for the update!

God Bless~
Debbie Jean

Anonymous said...

thinking of you....


mrs pam

Kaye Joyce said...

Thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers. God is so good and faithful and I know He will not leave your side...EVER!!!
Love and blessings!

Anonymous said...

Becky, I have placed you on my church's prayer chain so that our faithful prayer warriors can lift you up. Mint Hill Baptist Church in NC is praying for you!

Michelle said...

You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers, Becky.

Thank you, Debbie, for the update -"turning the corner" is wonderful news! :)

Anonymous said...

I don't tolerate pain meds either, so you have my sympathy. Maybe they can call some anti-nausea meds in for you. Hopefully you can get off those nasty meds soon!
Sending more prayers. Jill-FL

Anonymous said...

Praying for you & your family....thanks for keeping everyone updated. God bless


Rae

Anonymous said...

I am glad today was a better day. You are so blessed to have your sister helpig you. May God continue to lift you up and know I am here for the entire journey. Hang in there and feel the prayers.
Hugs from Iowa,
Marjie

Sheri Hawley said...

We love you guys and are praying for the patient as well as the care-givers. Our church is praying too!

Anonymous said...

Sorry you are having a rough time....hope these days to come bring speedy healing and better feeling days!

Anonymous said...

((Always praying))

xo L in AK

DeLynn said...

Praying for you, Becky.

Dianna in Louisiana said...

Thanks for the update Debbie!

Gentle Hugs Becky...... you have been faithfully in my family's prayers. Glad to read that you were able to get over the hurdle and stay at home. May the Lord shower you with love, peace and joy in the midst of this "Yucky" time.

Anonymous said...

Thank you to Sarah and Debbie for letting us know how things are progressing. And to Becky -- what a gift to be able to read your words again. It is so good to know that you are surrounded by such grace. Many blessings to you and your family.

Cindy in Walla Walla

Anonymous said...

Becky, you continue to be in my prayers. Big (but gentle) hugs being sent to the Smith family...

SueEllen in Dallas

Leece said...

Lots of Prayers...I cannot believe that the most advanced country on earth sends mastectomy patients home from hospital this quickly - our average is 5 days and only when all nausea and pain control is under control. Lots more prayers!

Eva said...

Loving hugs and gentle healing energy as you move through this, one breath at a time...

Eva

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear of the rough evening you had, Becky. Continuing to lift you and the whole family up in prayer and thanking God for what a wonderful, supportive team you have with you!
~Joleen

MaryH said...

Oh, Becky, you poor thing. I thought of you so often over the weekend. I so hope you are feeling better this morning and that each hour and each day brings a little more comfort and a lot less discomfort. You are blessed to have all around you that are caring for you. What an amazing bunch you all are. Praying.

jmckemie said...

So sorry to hear about that rough patch but so glad to hear that you are doing better. Know that you are being thought of and prayed. May God continue to give you healing and peace.

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