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Posted 2017-12-07T14:23:18Z

Finally some progress!

Monday and Tuesday were pretty frustrating, feeling like nothing was changing, but then things started happening:

1. Erik’s nasogastric tube was removed yesterday afternoon, which has made him much more comfortable, as its presence was causing his most troubling pain. That leaves 6 tubes (3 incoming, 3 outgoing); 4 of which will come out before we get to go home.

2. At the same time, they started reducing the level of pain relief his epidural was providing. That means he’s feeling more discomfort in his torso than before, that the epidural was masking, but it’s a necessary step toward going home, so Erik’s coping.

3. They have started the tube feeding again yesterday, at a very low level so far. They’ll ramp up the feeds today if there’s no chyle this time.

4. They took out his (19) staples this morning--slightly painful, but not too bad.

5. Erik finally gets to start having sips of water at noon today!

Meanwhile, Erik’s trying to walk as much as possible, which is more now than before. Mostly we’ve been doing circuits of the area with the patients’ rooms, but when he’s feeling up to it, we stroll down the “mall” at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, which resembles the atrium of a lovely hotel or conference center. They’ve made a big effort to have really nice artwork all over the hospital--one passes murals of 19th century Vermont life en route to Erik’s daily 5am xray (yeah, that’s *a.m.*), and we were enjoying seeing these great photos of Salzburg (where Erik’s parents lived for 4 years), and Hallstadt (where he and I visited and went hiking in 1985, when we were in Germany for his brother’s wedding) when Erik walked the length of the mall yesterday, prior to the NG tube removal.

 

This afternoon, we're looking forward to another visit from Cameron and my parents, and hoping for more to report soon!

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Comments (11)

  • Julie Chauvin
    Julie Chauvin

    Wonderful to hear this superb report of progress and that you are enjoying the artwork on your strolls. Great job nurse Karen!

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Barbara Halada
    Barbara Halada

    All great news (except for the discomfort!). Hoping things improve rapidly and he (and you) will be back home soon. Barbara & Rich

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Amanda Legare
    Amanda Legare

    Wonderful news. We (the Cabot community) are thinking of Erik every day and Karen, he is so fortunate to have you there (and he sweetly knows it!) I had a nice chat with your Mom and was mesmerized by Erik's new keyboard(s). Thank you for writing these posts.

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Andrew Peterson
    Andrew Peterson

    Look at you, gettin' all up and about! Huzzah! “You're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So... get on your way!” - Dr. Seuss

    4 years ago · Reply
  • jessica Offir
    jessica Offir

    Looking good!!

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Sally Denmead
    Sally Denmead

    Let's ALL stand up for progress! Go get 'em Erik!

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Margaret Bary
    Margaret Bary

    Wonderful to hear of Erik's progress and that there are moments you can both enjoy the art on your strolls through the hospital. Sending love your way.

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Anita Cannell
    Anita Cannell

    Yeah Erik, great to see you vertical.. Tim Cannell

    4 years ago · Reply
  • barbara grandberg
    barbara grandberg

    yay for progress!!!!

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Chip Taylor
    Chip Taylor

    Great and encouraging news! When your ambulatory travels take you as far as the main entrance, take a look at the various plaques on the wall that identify donors to the hospital. Might take a bit of searching as there are quite a few, but hopefully you will find one stating, "Given in memory of Carolina de Clercq, a nurse in the Crimean War. That was the Mother of my Great Uncle John G. Louis Borgmeyer, MD who got his medical degree from Dartmouth. Naturally I'm quite fond of DHMC.

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Chloe Bird
    Chloe Bird

    Great to hear of the progress on multiple fronts. Onward ho!

    4 years ago · Reply