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Month: January 2019

Glorious Day!

Glorious Day!

The Night was good and Morning started off fine then a series of unexpected events happened (what’s new huh). Nate had a bloody nose just as he sat up to eat breakfast. It took a while but we got that stopped. Then during breakfast he said “I hate to say this but my left arm is swollen.” Sure enough🤪. That triggered a Doppler scan on the arm to look for more blood clots. The dr also ordered another CT scan…

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One More Day…

One More Day…

My thinking spot:). Nate will not be going home today. One more day to rest, take shower and drain. Tomorrow’s focus is home, family and getting immunotherapy appointment❗️❤️ My view… As each day goes by here in the hospital I think about the phrase “one more day.” In a talk given recently in April 2018 by Elder Taylor G. Godoy he said “I wonder what it would mean, what effect it would have in my life to know that I…

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Patience…

Patience…

Not much news on this end today. Nate resting and continues to drain. Since they started continual draining they have pulled 1700mls out of his right chest cavity and 2850mls out of his left side. Working on eating is another key to healing. Tonight chicken noodle soup hit the spot. Pain able to be managed. So rest, patience and perseverance is the key. “Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already…

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Stability and Hope

Stability and Hope

Well Nate’s goal of going home today will be pushed off a few more days as more TPA is needed and he works on regaining strength and his breathing less labored. Hard to see a goal pass by and yet so important to set them. Goals help focus, compel us forward. They give us a direction, purpose and hope. “When we have hope, we trust God’s promises. We have a quiet assurance that if we do “the works of righteousness,”…

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Carry On

Carry On

Nate’s day has been filled with continual draining and rest. Things look like they are headed in right direction. With all the draining they are going to give him 1 bag of fluids to help balance. For now we carry on. Holding on to the goal to get him home soon! Nate’s dose of joy today was his family came to visit tonight😊

New Day of UPS and DOWNS

New Day of UPS and DOWNS

Nates night went well. Night shift was his sister Nichole and I. He slept well, ate well and pain was managed well. Left lung cavity drained 300ml in a 24hr period of time. They bumped up his procedure on the right lung cavity to 10am then that got pushed back due to an emergency patient. They came and got us around 11:30 and he was wheeled back down to the 1st floor, 70’s music playing this time. I was able…

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A Daughter’s Thoughts

A Daughter’s Thoughts

Tonight Nate is doing good. Resting, pain seems under control, he comes too every once and awhile. Anna his oldest daughter came and stayed for a while with Dad. I asked her is there a quote or some saying that has helped you through this difficult time with your dad? Without hesitation she said I keep going back to the poem “Footprints in the Sand” by Mary Stevenson. One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the…

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Another Step

Another Step

Morning came early. Nate woke up at 4am. Coughing was the challenge which triggered nausea. Medicine and a distraction helped. As procedure time approaches Nates nerves surfaced. His cousin Zel brought a small project and it worked perfect on the large window blinds. Can you tell he is in good hands😊. They were trying to make Nate laugh. We got to walk him down to Interventional Radiology. He went in about 9am and was back in the room by 9:45!…

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Ever Changing…

Ever Changing…

Nates care is ever changing. We thought he was going home early afternoon. We had met with Family Dr and Pulmonary Dr and had a plan in place. The plan was to leave this hospital in hopes of getting appointment with a different dr in different hospital for second opinion, a Dr Reddy who works at U of U and Huntsman cancer. He has done extensive research in Nates lung situations and written papers that other Drs turn to. Around…

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Continual Education

Continual Education

It is 4:45am they just came in and did their usual morning blood draw Nate’s least favorite ritual and a rude awakening😩 The tech was good and got it on the first try with minimal pain. Due to the blood clot in right arm it is off limits right now so his left arm is taking the brunt. He has had blood drawn in the normal places but also in the wrist, hand, knuckle and one time the tech pricked…

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