If there’s something sweet about 16 and if home is a sweet home, then we nailed today! On Adam’s Sweet 16th day in the hospital, he was discharged to our home sweet Casa Buzard.
Feel free to insert squeals of joy, praise hands emojis, happy dances, or high fives. He did it, y’all!
Full disclosure: We’re still in shock as we sit in our cozy home that has been rather empty and neglected for the last few weeks. Just yesterday the doctors mused that Adam would be ready for discharge early next week, but today’s rounds contained a different order.
Over the last few days, Adam has continued to make, as one of his sassy and honest doctors puts it “glacial progress.” He’s had some setbacks and some small wins.
Here’s some of the highlight reel:
· Adam has been able to take a few bites of food here and there and his body isn’t rejecting it. That’s a win! He graduated to “any food that sounds good” which so far has consisted of fruit, pasta, sour patch kids, and jamba juice (one of these things is not like the other). Anything is better than ice chips.
· Adam has been moving around better and has graduated from a walker to a cane. He can even walk short distances sans cane. Amazing progress from where he was 16 days ago!
· The swelling in Adam’s legs and abdomen is going down ever so slowly. Adam had to have another draining procedure on Tuesday. They drained another 5.5 liters off of his abdomen. The grand total of drainage over the last week equals 24LBS. I can hardly wrap my head around that. They’ve prescribed full leg compression socks for Adam indefinitely. Water-retention and swelling are a side effect of lymph node removal. We are hoping and praying that this is a short-term side effect. Compression socks are hot and uncomfortable. (Like spanx all day every day – woof).
· Adam got his staples removed yesterday. I undersold the number of staples they put in his incision. The nurse counted as she removed them and the grand total was 50. Adam didn’t love the removal process but he’s glad to have them out!
Please keep praying for us! Adam still has a LOT of healing to do, but we’re so glad he gets to do it at our house. If you’re a specific list pray-er, below are some things we’d love prayer for - But please, by all means, improvise, pray big, fun, outside of the list prayers, too.
· For sleep: With no nurses to wake Adam up for vitals and shift change, we have high hopes for home being a sleepier place than the hospital.
· For strength: Adam has a lot of nutrition to make up for, and a lot of strength to gain physically. And perhaps even more, he has a long journey ahead and needs emotional strength. Pain, terminal diagnosis, near-death surgeries, and (short-term) loss of ability are incredibly hard things to process. Please keep praying for Adam’s spirits (and for my strength and spirits, too if you think of it).
· For peace and wisdom: Adam got amazing care in the hospital – ridiculously amazing, competent, compassionate care. I have compassion, but no medical training. I’m not a nurse, I don’t know how to spot a blood clot or an edema or an infection or… There’s some anxiety with the unknown. Please pray for peace for both of us and wisdom to know what is and isn’t normal.
Thank you friends for your love, care, prayers, and excitement over PROGRESS and HEALING. Now if you’ll excuse us, we have a living room to lounge in and March Madness to binge on.
Go Big Blue!