Monday, November 9, 2009

one way ticket out

Wendy is leaving the ICU! She is holding a "one way ticket" Marissa made for her, waiting to be transferred to the recovery floor.

I just received a phone call from her sharing the tremendous news! Her voice was shaky, yet it was very much Wendy. Sweet, gentle, and loving as ever as she shared her good news. She is being released from the ICU this afternoon and will be transferred to a recovery room on the sixth floor.

She shared that she'll have to write a book when she gets out of the hospital and title it, "My Life in the ICU". She said she didn't remember anything about the first week after surgery and it is probably a good thing. The second week she remembers bits and pieces and started to feel the pain. The third week she has experienced tremendous physical pain as she feels her incision sites, struggles with stomach issues, and itchiness, among the array of other pains. She is also experiencing tremendous emotional pain, being away from her sons, husband, family, and friends. She misses her life and home. She said she has made a mental commitment to get home as soon as possible.

She is anxious about the move out of the ICU. She is afraid of sharing a room with another patient. She is fearful that the nurses won't be able to get to her in time if she needs their help. She is worried the nurses won't hear her pushing a button for help. Please pray that Wendy feels at peace and the transition from the ICU to a recovery room goes smoothly. Pray the nurses she has on this new floor are just as amazing and attentive as the ICU nurses were. Pray Wendy heals with accelerated speed and that the next step in recovery is her going home. Pray she goes home soon!

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. Psalms 28:7


  1. YEAH!!!! Wendy that is the best one way ticket you can have friend! You are conquering those mountains each day. I am so proud of you. This is the next step and soon you will be in your parents house and GB will be your favorite nurse!!! Love you and I continue to pray for your continued strength and recovery. Love, Cari and Matt too...

  2. So glad to hear that you are moving out of the more step closer to going home. Keep fighting and I am praying for a wonderful, caring and nuturing team of caregivers waiting for you on the 6th floor.

  3. YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats your another step closer to being back at home with you boys, family, and friends that all love you dearly. And if you write a book, I'll be one of the first to read it! LOVE YA and miss you!!!!!
    Karen Huling

  4. I just got all "smiley" for you Wendy...a great the right direction!! Sending you a gentle hug!

  5. WooHoo!!! Rejoicing, rejoicing and doing a happy dance!! Lots of prayer being said on your behalf, Girlie!! Can't wait till you're home!

  6. Goooooooo Wendy! That's the best news I've heard today!

  7. This is so exciting, dear Wendy. I cannot believe everything you have gone through and what a trooper you are. But we do know those teachers are strong as strong can be....and put a mommy on top of that - watch out! My students had written you some get well letters, and I hope to send them to you when you're home. This is great news that you're on your way to the recovery unit. You certainly are amazing.

  8. So happy that you will have some new scenary! The girls and I talk about your progress every night and pray for you and the family! I am so very proud of you! Keep up the wonderful progress! Love you!!

  9. Tim riche wants to know if you have a golden ticket... if you do, dont waste it to moving out of ICU,,, move to a chocolate factory... We love you and pray for you always :) Christina says, "we love hearing your progress and getting updates.... we know God is in control"
    See you soon :)

  10. Go Wendy! Go Wendy! Love you! Praying for you! Can't wait until you are home...keep focused on getting healed, you are such a fighter.

    Hugs! MaryAnn