Sunday, November 15, 2015

Gone home!

Mom was discharged this afternoon. She now home resting. That was surprisingly quick! She said she feels good.

We (Ron and Loretta) had to leave to go back to San Diego. Janice is with mom until Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Heart Valve Replacement Surgery - Friday evening

Another excellent day.

They moved mom out of ICU to what appears to be a normal hospital room. They have removed all of the tubes. Now the only wires are monitors.

Loretta and I arrived today. I just spend a couple of hours with her. She looked great. Sharp as ever. She had some dinner. She isn't very hungry, which makes sense.

I think she may be discharged within days.

More tomorrow!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thursday Update

Another good day. Small progress. Mom had some of the tubes removed. Still a few left to unplug.

Janice reports that she looks a lot better today. But she is very sleepy and keeps falling asleep.

Ron will be there Friday afternoon.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Heart Valve Replace Surgery - Wednesday evening

Today was a good day, considering what she went through yesterday.

Toni got up and walked two times today. This is difficult because she has so many cords attached to her. So where she goes, all her equipment is close by.

She called me late this afternoon. She sounded good. She said that she isn't in pain.

So far.. so good. Keep your fingers crossed.

Heart Valve Replace Surgery - Wednesday morning

Toni seems to be doing pretty well. Janice reports that she looks great. Toni had a small breakfast, then got out of her bed. I think she tried her first walk. Not sure how far she got. She was able to get to a special chair so that the cardio recovery staff can work with her.

Janice left to run some errands and get herself some breakfast. So that's a good sign.

I will post another update tonight.

St. John VI--Last days

Two weeks in St. John is not enough.  Some day perhaps I will be able to stay long enough to be a 'regular'.

But for now it is enough to be known as "Tom's Mom".

Michael and Marianne

Ryan, Kim and Kate



The Island has been suffering a long-term drought and this photo shows the devastation to the trees.

A day trip to St. Thomas.  That is a Disneyland cruise ship.  I cannot help but think what a different experience those passengers have from mine.

Joe and his green chips

Kim and Tom shopping on St. Thomas.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Heart Valve Replacement Status - Tuesday Night

Mom woke up late this afternoon. So they took her off the respirator and she is breathing on her own now. She called Janice and spoke briefly on the phone.

Janice reports that Mom sounded very coherent. He voice was very scratchy, probably from the respirator tube that was in her throat all day. Mom told her that the staff at the hospital are amazing.

She is very tired and will rest. Janice will go over there first thing Wednesday morning. I'll post an update Wednesday.

Thank you all for the nice comments. I will read them to her later this week when I get over to Tucson.