30/03/2014: Teddi's Recovery: Days 3 & 4

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Original Post: 30 March 2014

Teddi’s Recovery: Days 3 & 4

As I write this, Teddi is receiving her third infusion of chemo into her abdomen. She texted me earlier “Cold chemo 3 more to go..” – which is surprisingly grammatical given the narcotic load she is under.

Over the past two days we have had many encouraging things happen. Teddi has made it through 2 rounds of abdominal chemo, she has stood up several times, she has done some marching in place and spent many hours sitting upright. All very good signs. The doctors say that she is doing very well with respect to the procedure she underwent. So thumbs up there.

But we have also had some struggles. Teddi has not enjoyed being so drowsy and has had a hard time speaking. She was really apprehensive about doing the next three rounds of chemo, and has been feeling flushed and nauseated as a result of it. Her pain level is still fairly high and she is growing uncomfortable laying in bed. All of this exacerbated by being unable to explain herself fully.

Looking ahead – she is almost half done with the chemo and her bowels are beginning to make noises again (they shut down completely after the procedure). She is getting intravenous nutrition and all her levels are getting more favorable. We know she is headed in the right direction, but she is struggling to cope with all of this trauma – this whole experience is taking its toll on her emotionally. So prayer for her spirits would be appreciated at this time.

On a lighter note – Wyatt is currently with a wonderful woman named Natalie who is the sister of a friend of Teddi’s. She has heaps of childcare experience and volunteered to help us out with the little guy in the weekends while I care for Teddi during visiting hours. How awesome is that? And she is not even the only person to offer! I am continually amazed by all of you! As if that weren’t enough – I just received an entire freezer full of food from the Weston Creek Mother’s Group! I feel so loved

So, yes this is rough, but I know Teddi will be so happy to know how well you have all take care of us while she was incapacitated

More updates soon!