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    Lance reacted to Old for a status update, RE: Gertrude 8/9/18 It hs been a rough day. As many noted from my firs t post of the   
    RE: Gertrude 8/9/18
    It hs been a rough day. As many noted from my firs t post of the day, the operation was succesful, the Doctor spoke toLelie and I, and was very pleased with Gertie's resilence and even went so far as to say "If she maintains this rate of recouperating she might be released as early as tomorrow afternoon. We just need to get her from recovery and up the to ICU so you can visit her. Expect about  40 minutes before she is settled into ICU." 
    That is when I sent out the happy notices. 
    15 minutes later he returned to the lobby where we were and said "I am sorry, but your wife is showing symptoms that something is not right, she is loosing function of here right side.We are taking her back to the operating room. It looks like she has started bleeding just beyound the incision area.
    That is when I posted that things were not good.
    To add to the worry, they post on a monitor that shows where the surgery paitients are at any given time. It looks much like the monitors at airports that show arrivals and gate locations. We are sitting on the edge of our seats when Gertrude asigned number dissapears form the monitor.
    We waited an hour, her number stayed gone. Dave Benbrook had come up to lend moral support and he was in tears as the clocked ticked away. Leslie wasn't doing much better. I kept thinking that her last picture might be the one I poster with her great grand daughter. This does not look good. Leslie went over to surgery registation to find where her Mom was. The women at the desk said she went back into surgery so we gave her new number, it has been posted for an hour. "Thanks peoples for not telling us."
    Another thirty minutes went by before the surgeon came back "So sorry to put you through this, but Gertrude is doing fine and as soon as she is transferred to ICU, she can have visitors." (I think we heard this once before.)
    THE REST OF THE STORY
    The second operation was succesful. He decided to remove a little more of the crainium than he prefered, but felt the need to get all of the potential leakers cauterized' As of 6:30 t his eveningshe was wide awake, though drugged. All vitals in the green, taking liguids including chicken soup, which is the hospitals last ditch to cure anything. Both our sons came to see her, the DFd one we hadn't seen in five years.
    The three of us left Seattle for Leslies house at 7:00 PM. I had been up since 3:30 AM. We started for the hospital at 6:00 AM this morning, a very long day, but all's well that ends well.
    Again I thank all for their concern and prayers.
    YB 
    Jerry
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    Lance reacted to Old for a status update, Update on Gertrudes health. The neurosurgeon decided that Gertrude has had enough tim   
    Update on Gertrudes health. The neurosurgeon decided that Gertrude has had enough time to show improvement. Lacking any tangible improvement calls for surgery. To late in the day to schedule anything. We will be heading to Seattle's Swedish Medical Center to take advantage of their Bloodless Surgery paractice first thing tomorrow morning.
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    Lance reacted to Old for a status update, Update to "Gertrude is still..." Dear Friends, Thank you for you interest and support   
    Update to "Gertrude is still..."
    Dear Friends, Thank you for you interest and support.
    The last two days have been more than a little nerve racking. For those that didn’t see my prior description of what my we have been going through I am providing a brief summary: In early April Gertrude came down with the shingles. It ended up that most of the irritation was internal involving her left leg. It was a little difficult to get a diagnosis. She was sent to the neurology facility to investigate the extreme neuralgia pain that persisted when other symptoms had disappeared. While being examined the attending asked a Neurosurgeon to take a look at her. The Neurosurgeon was not concerned about Gertrude’s leg symptoms, but noticed her eyes weren’t tracking correctly. Had she banged her head lately? She had taken a tumble and banged her head on a doorjamb in April, but didn’t even get a headache from it.
    The Doctor scheduled a series of brain scans as well at MRI of the damaged leg. The brain scan revealed a subdural hematoma, likely caused by her fall. If it showed no increase in size surgery might be avoided, it still required monitoring on a two week basis. If it was shown to be increasing in size surgery would be indicated.
    Over six weeks of monitoring by brain scans it appeared to be stable, which was good news. The brain scans are done locally with a follow up appointment with the Neurosurgeon later in the week. The DRs appointment is a little difficult as she is located an hour and a half inland, and is almost always delayed by an hour or so.
    Back to last Monday, as usual we went to the local Newport hospital for the scan, easy peasy. We were leaving and almost to the parking lot when the technician came running after us and said the radiologist wanted to talk to us ASAP. The radiologist was very concerned and showed us the latest scan. The hematoma had increased by a third in size and fresh bleeding was clearly visible. We told her that we had an appointment with the Neurosurgeon scheduled for Wednesday. The radiologist said she would give the Neurology a heads-up phone call. Before we got home, about 20 minutes, there was a phone call from Neurology saying Gertrude’s appointment was now bumped up by 24 hours to Tuesday.
    We let the family know that the bleed had restarted. I called Swedish Hospital Bloodless Surgery in Seattle (Blood Management is the official program name) Seattle to see if they could fit Gertrude’s potential surgery into this week if needed. I was informed it would not be a problem. Note: there are two closer hospitals that use bloodless procedures, OHU and Legacy both in Portland, but Gertrude had volunteered for many years with the program at Swedish, plus all our adult children live in the Seattle area.
    There were phone calls and text messages flying back and forth all evening. We had a sleepless night hampered further by a medical emergency next door. Fire engines and emergency vehicles with their flashing lights and motors idling right beside our bedroom window. 3:30 AM was the end of sleep for the night.
    It was my idea to throw a minimum of overnight things into a bag just incase we had to drive to Seattle after our up-scheduled visit to the Neurosurgeon. The blood issue had not been discussed specifically with her. They do have our ‘Advanced Medical Directives’ on file, but my experience is doctors seldom look that deep into our files and have to be reminded for any procedure.
    After all the nerve racking, sleep defying previous 24 hours the doctor was a little ho-hum about the whole thing. “Yes, continued bleeding would require surgery, but lets continue monitoring.”  “Did you have a fall, or over exert yourself this last week?” Gertrude, “Yes I helped Jerry move a king size mattress Saturday.” Doctor: “That probably upped your blood pressure enough to restart the bleeding, I should have warned you not to do anything more strenuous than walking until this thing is cleared up.”  (Now she tells us!)
    We are now back to square 1-1/2. Monitoring is now every week and I still need help to unload the old mattresses.
    Thank you all for your concerns and prayers, who is to say that the prayers didn't work? Not me.
    (Sorry this was so long.)
    YB
    Jerry
     
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    Lance reacted to Miss Bea for a status update, I went to the cardiologist today. He’s had all the proper testing done. Today was dia   
    I went to the cardiologist today. He’s had all the proper testing done. Today was diagnosis time. Found a small hole in my heart, plus a murmur. However...for my age he gave me a clean bill of health, heart wise! He was impressed with my taking serrapeptase, (thank you, Vernalee!) Plus, he wants me to start taking flaxseed oil! It was a load being removed from me. And, I’m thankful to Jehovah!
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    Lance got a reaction from Brenda for a status update, Be cautious about expectations... They can easily become premeditated resentment ....   
    Be cautious about expectations... They can easily become premeditated resentment ....
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    Lance got a reaction from Brenda for a status update, Be cautious about expectations... They can easily become premeditated resentment ....   
    Be cautious about expectations... They can easily become premeditated resentment ....
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    Lance got a reaction from Brenda for a status update, Be cautious about expectations... They can easily become premeditated resentment ....   
    Be cautious about expectations... They can easily become premeditated resentment ....
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    Lance reacted to kejedo for a status update, My oldest son just called me. He DID attend the Memorial in Maine (where I used to li   
    My oldest son just called me. He DID attend the Memorial in Maine (where I used to live). The Memorial speaker was someone I used to pioneer with (along with his wife).  I am so glad that one of my children actually attended. We had a long talk about the Memorial partakers. My heart is so happy it is making my eyes leak.
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    Lance got a reaction from bagwell1987 for a status update, You may have heard people say something like: “Well, I can’t fall apart right now; I   
    You may have heard people say something like: “Well, I can’t fall apart right now; I have kids to take care of.” That may be true, but what makes us think that giving ourselves the time and space to experience a loss will cause us to “fall apart”? In truth, you are more likely to “fall apart” when you try to stuff your natural emotions into a closet. You are also much more likely to reach for your addictive behavior to try to keep that closet door shut.
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    Lance got a reaction from bagwell1987 for a status update, You may have heard people say something like: “Well, I can’t fall apart right now; I   
    You may have heard people say something like: “Well, I can’t fall apart right now; I have kids to take care of.” That may be true, but what makes us think that giving ourselves the time and space to experience a loss will cause us to “fall apart”? In truth, you are more likely to “fall apart” when you try to stuff your natural emotions into a closet. You are also much more likely to reach for your addictive behavior to try to keep that closet door shut.
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    Lance got a reaction from bagwell1987 for a status update, You may have heard people say something like: “Well, I can’t fall apart right now; I   
    You may have heard people say something like: “Well, I can’t fall apart right now; I have kids to take care of.” That may be true, but what makes us think that giving ourselves the time and space to experience a loss will cause us to “fall apart”? In truth, you are more likely to “fall apart” when you try to stuff your natural emotions into a closet. You are also much more likely to reach for your addictive behavior to try to keep that closet door shut.
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    Lance got a reaction from bagwell1987 for a status update, You may have heard people say something like: “Well, I can’t fall apart right now; I   
    You may have heard people say something like: “Well, I can’t fall apart right now; I have kids to take care of.” That may be true, but what makes us think that giving ourselves the time and space to experience a loss will cause us to “fall apart”? In truth, you are more likely to “fall apart” when you try to stuff your natural emotions into a closet. You are also much more likely to reach for your addictive behavior to try to keep that closet door shut.
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    Lance got a reaction from Adelin for a status update, Interesting quote. He was still too young to know that the heart’s memory eliminates   
    Interesting quote.
    He was still too young to know that the heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past.
    —Gabriel García Márquez
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    Lance got a reaction from rlyem for a status update, It is never too late to be who you might have been...   
    It is never too late to be who you might have been...
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    Lance reacted to nanceebgd46 for a status update, When I try to LIKE a post, I get a error message that says..."You are not allowed to   
    When I try to LIKE a post, I get a error
    message that says..."You are not allowed to  give reputation to this
    user."
     
    Please advise?
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