Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tim's On A Sleepover...

This morning Tim went in the hospital to have a feeding tube put in. It has come to the point that he cannot swallow without wincing in pain. When someone requests the feeding tube you know that it has gotten bad. We are in week four of radiation and it is getting bad.


Late this afternoon he began to be in tremendous pain from the surgery. Call in the heavy pain meds and he could finally rest, somewhat. It will probably be a long night for him.
I returned from the hospital at about 7:00 pm and at 9:00 pm I will go back up because at 10:00 they are going to do his first tube feeding and I feel that I need to be there to know how to do all of this. I don't know how aware he will be when the instruction is given because of the pain meds so I need to understand how all this works.
It will make you laugh to know that after coming out of surgery and waking up from the anesthesia he asked the nurse, "Did they put in an Oreo port?" The nurse was completely puzzled, and not knowing his humor, was sure she just didn't understand what he said! I assured he had indeed asked if they put in an Oreo port -- a place to put in Oreo cookies!!! :) I don't think they are used to groggy patients having such a wit about them!
It has been a long day and a hard day. It was hard to see him in such pain. I have never known him to experience as much pain as he did today. I so wish that this first time was also the last time to witness his pain. Somehow I don't think that will be the case.






And no, we didn't remove the phone, in case you were wondering.....

5 comments:

the Strong's said...

On Sunday when you all came to church I never would have guessed he was having such a hard time. I thought he looked good and spirits were good considereing all that Tim has been through. You all are in our prayers.

Natalie.Rob.Branson said...

I'm sorry today has been hard. Hard days are no fun. We know this probably won't be the last of them, so we'll keep you in our prayers. We love you and would do anything we can to help. Love you guys!

julianne said...

Heartbreaking! I admire you so - to have a bit of humor despite the dire situation. You two are an inspiration.

Patty said...

Loretta, I hope by now Tim is feeling better. I hope he will feel strengthened just to get some nutrition in his so that he can be strong to fight that dragon! Praying for you guys!

amaree said...

I understand what you must be going through. The docs recently found a tumor in my MIL's neck and radiated it, and she has been in a lot of pain eating as well. Wincing, crying, pausing between each bite. I'm sorry you have to go through that too. Hang in there!