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Posted 2016-03-23T00:38:28Z

Good News!

Well, Ben and I came home from the hospital on Friday evening. We've been taking it easy for the last couple of days. It's taken a little while for my pain to be managed with an effective plan of oral meds. I have been sleeping much better here-- not through the night, but much better than when I was in the hospital.

The doctor reminded us that it's important to stay active so Ben and I have been planning at least one outing a day. Yesterday we went to see the Rothko Chapel here in Houston and then to the grocery store (very exciting huh?).

Today we had our first post operative appointment in the clinic with Dr. Sugarbaker. In addition to tweaking some of my meds to help with pain management and talking about my labs, Dr. Sugarbaker dropped this news: (are you ready for this?) he wants to see us in the clinic again this Friday and then we are free to go back to California!!! Just to make sure we were hearing correctly, we asked if that meant we should buy tickets now and he said "yes, go ahead and buy tickets." Woo Hoo!

We will celebrate Easter here in Houston and then we are headed to California on Monday! I'll come back to TX in a month or so for my next follow up.

My road to recovery is not near its end, but being in our own home will add a sense of normalcy and routine to this whole process.

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Comments (34)

  • Deb Buller
    Deb Buller

    JFD, This is such great news. Continuing the healing prayers and energy coming your way! Smiling!!!😃😃👍👍🙏🏼🙏🏼❤️❤️

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Harold and Ellen Kameya
    Harold and Ellen Kameya

    Thank you for the great news!!!

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Vicki Young
    Vicki Young

    Great news! Have a wonderful Easter and a safe journey home

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Cynthia Holt
    Cynthia Holt

    I am gobsmacked!! I admit I "Googled" Dr. Sugarbaker and he truly does live up to his reputation. I am so happy you will both be home soon. Love and prayers - you'll have to wait on the hugs 'til I can collect real ones

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Cathy Chambers
    Cathy Chambers

    YAY! That news will make for a much happier Easter.

    7 years ago · Reply
  • sarah post calhoun
    sarah post calhoun

    jfd, so delighted to hear that you'll be heading home soon! sending lots of love, good thoughts, and hugs to you, my friend.

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Julie A. Arms Meeks
    Julie A. Arms Meeks

    Congratulations!! This is excellent news. So glad you can celebrate Easter and then return home. Praying for continued great news as you recover fully.

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Steve Schatz
    Steve Schatz

    I smile to that :-) !! Can't wait to see you back!!

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Melody OKeefe
    Melody OKeefe

    That is wonderful news!!! So glad to hear it :)

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Rev. Linda Silas
    Rev. Linda Silas

    Yea!!! Great news and I am certain your doggies tail is wagging fiercely. Xo Linda

    7 years ago · Reply
  • G. Wayne West
    G. Wayne West

    That is wonderful! We are so happy to hear you are headed home. Normalcy is a good thing.

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Joey Hassell
    Joey Hassell

    This is great news! I know that you will be glad to be home. Thinking about you daily.

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Gail Schwandner
    Gail Schwandner

    Fantastic! Great news. Even with the best doctors there are always "surprises."

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Marion L Nguli
    Marion L Nguli

    Terrific! Such wonderful news to be headed home so soon! Take care.

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Judy Reeves
    Judy Reeves

    Congratulations, John Forrest! So happy for you and Ben. We'll welcome you with open arms. Judy Reeves

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Marjorie K. McMillin
    Marjorie K. McMillin

    Wonderful news! You both are surrounded with good wishes and prayers! I am so happy for you! Can't wait to see you. Marjie McMillin

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Karen L Miller
    Karen L Miller

    Just got home from Council meeting. You were in our thoughts and prayers. Please concentrate on healing and health, things are under control here... Love to both, Karen Miller.

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Cynthia Snell
    Cynthia Snell

    WOW! Great News. So happy for you. Safe travels and I look forward to seeing you back in CA.

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Sue Schoenherr
    Sue Schoenherr

    Wow! Wonderful news for you and Ben. Home will be such a comfort. Continuing prayers and warm thoughts coming your way. Have a special Easter Day.

    7 years ago · Reply
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  • Bill Armstrong
    Bill Armstrong

    Sounds wonderful😉😄

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Billie Sutter
    Billie Sutter

    What a wonderful Easter present! God is with you - glad Ben is too!!!

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Jeehye Kim
    Jeehye Kim

    Such great news!!! <3

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Mary Kraus
    Mary Kraus

    That is the best "Good News" that anyone could wish for. I celebrate with you. You can't hide "resurrection" - it comes in many ways and this is one of them. Love to you both and enjoy the grocery store shopping - one of my favorite things. Mary

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Yvonne SaMarion
    Yvonne SaMarion

    Can only say... Thank you God!

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Donald Shenk
    Donald Shenk

    FANTASTIC and blessed news, John Forrest! I know you can't wait to get back home and we can't wait to have you back. Blessings on your continued healing. Quite the Lenten journey you took this year! Wow. Much love to you both. - Donald

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Christopher Durocher
    Christopher Durocher

    That's not good news... that's great news! So glad you get to go back to the comfort of your home, friends and community to continue to recuperate and recover.

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Virginia Arroyo
    Virginia Arroyo

    Yay....this is great!!!

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Rita Barnes
    Rita Barnes

    Wonderful news! Will Keep the prayers going up!

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Michelle Brazier
    Michelle Brazier

    Great news!! You are a trooper!! God bless you and Ben!

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Brad C.
    Brad C.

    :-) I hope y'all have a nice church in which to celebrate Easter! And the Rothko Chapel, awesome. That seems like the perfect place to visit on Holy Week. I would love to be in a Good Friday service there....

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Pamela Chapin
    Pamela Chapin

    Wow!! That is great news.

    7 years ago · Reply
  • David Hosey
    David Hosey

    Wonderful news!

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Karen L Miller
    Karen L Miller

    Happy Easter! Hope you get a good night's rest, for the trip home tomorrow... XOX, Karen Miller

    7 years ago · Reply