Friday, November 13, 2009

corners being turned

Wendy's bowels woke up around midnight which made for a long night with little sleep. Pray her gastrointestinal system is healing and will work well from here on out.

Today was a better day than yesterday. She only vomited once and luckily her pills didn't come back up. Her nurse commented that her ability to keep the pills down was quite a talent. Wendy told her it wasn't talent, but prayer. She prays before the pills are delivered, as she swallows them down, and while she waits for her stomach to settle once they are down.

She started on yet another new pain medication today, Norco. This specific narcotic pain reliever is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Norco and 600mg of Motrin will be given to Wendy every four hours. She gets very uncomfortable before the four hour interval is up so she is still able to access pain medication from the PCA Infusion Pump.

Wendy went on three walks today. She also met with both her OT and PT. Her OT is teaching her how to move, bend, and complete every day activities independently. Because of her large incision site she is unable to bend her torso. She was taught how to use a grabber tool to pull up socks, clothes, and reach for items instead of bending over.

If Wendy gets good sleep tonight and has a productive morning she will get to go outside for the first time in 27 days! A nurse suggested Wendy and her dad walk over and grab a warm beverage from Starbucks. Her nurses are hoping the trip outside will inspire her to get out of the hospital even more quickly.

Wendy had her Wound V.A.C. changed today. The incision site continues to heal and get smaller. The nurse said that they will start changing it every three days. She won't have to have it changed again until Monday. Wendy is thankful for the extra day because the removal and re-installation process is very painful. Wendy will most likely go home with the Wound V.A.C.

Wendy's roommate went home today. Her nurse is going to try and prevent a new roommate from moving in in the next 24 hours and limit as many interruptions as possible so she can get some rest tonight.

An extra special thank you to Nurse Scarlett for taking such good care of Wendy today. She was like a little mother hen to Wendy, extremely attentive of her needs and protective over her opportunities to sleep.

CB and GB really feel like Wendy turned a corner today. They are seeing slight improvements. They all continue to do the best they can and are thankful for their family and friends' heart felt prayers and selfless gestures.

  • Wendy's gastrointestinal system continues to work and is healthy.
  • She gets more sleep tonight.
  • No more nausea.
  • Wound V.A.C. being changed every three days.
  • Occupational and physical therapists that encourage and teach independence.
  • No roommate and a quieter room tonight.
Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Proverbs 30:5


  1. Wendy,
    I know that you are well on your way to a full recovery! Keep your eyes on the prize- and I am certain that you will be with those precious boys of yours SOON! The Lord is your answer and he knows how faithful you have been! You and your family have been placed at UC Davis to share your faith with so many, what a gift you have all provided.
    you are loved, and prayed for so much!
    ♥ Katrina ( and the Rojas Family)

    “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

  2. Thank you for keeping us updated on progress.

  3. So good to hear of progress being made! I sure hope you get to go to Starbuck's today. I pray the beautiful autumn colors and crisp cool weather will be a wonderful blessing to you! I'm so proud of your fighting spirit, Wen!! Keep up the good work and know you are loved and missed by many!! Can't wait to have you home!!
    Love ya~

  4. Thinking of you Wendy and your wonderful family. I know you can hardly wait to get out of that hospital. Hopefully soon dear heart. Just take care and we are praying for you Wendy. We think of you every day and pray for you. I just ask the Lord to send such peace and love to you and complete healing in Jesus name. Also, that CB and GB will continue to find strength for each day. They love you so very much Wendy. Have a restful, peace filled rest tonight.

  5. mrs.manzo I pray for you and your family every day .keep fighting you are a strong woman,the harder you fight,the sooner you will be back home!!!!