January 19th, 2006

sister sue

Sue's Surgery

It's almost noon and I'm still waiting to hear more on Sue's condition after surgery. (sigh)

We talked by phone early this morning and she was a bit out of it, but doing very well!

She told me she was up and walked last night and again early this morning. She also said she'd had good nurses so far -- including the night shift. (I'll never forget that awful, unkind nurse I had the first night after my surgery. I was in terrible pain and she wasn't sympathetic or helpful at all. If you hate what you're doing, why not go into a different line of work?)

Sue's morning nurse was named Marilyn. And her night nurse was Eileen. (Sue has a good friend by that name.) I think she saw those at good signs!

Anyway, she was supposed to be having a test where she drank some kind of dye and then they did something to see if there was any leaking going on. So she wasn't even being allowed to drink water, except for sucking those sponges on a stick that they dip in water for you.

I told her to call when she got back from her test and let me know how it was going, but no word yet... I want to phone, but I hate to bother her. (And she might be down getting the test right now.)

I wonder when her daughter Candy is going up there today?

Marilyn and I are planning to go the minute Marilyn gets off work...

sister marilyn

Update on Sue - Marilyn in the Newspaper - National Geographic Magazine

I just talked to Sue by phone and she sounded like she was doing really well. She has pain, of course, but thinks it's okay. (I'm glad to hear that! I had terrible pain in the middle of the night after my surgery. And Marilyn was in awful pain during the day after her surgery. But neither of us got our surgeries laparoscopically. I think it makes a big difference.)

She's now walked three times today. She was sitting up in a chair while we talked and someone changed her bed. She'd just had a shower, too! (I didn't have a shower for two days after my surgery.)

Sue said to say "thank you" when I told her some of my friends at LJ were keeping her in their prayers. (She doesn't really understand blogging, but seemed impressed by that gesture. Again, thanks from me, too!) I told her the next-door neighbors were also praying for her, and she said that was probably good, as they were the type to have a 'direct line' to God. (grin) (Edit: Both of them are on every church committee, drive the church bus, administer the church and do everything from working on the plumbing and painting the walls to singing in the church choir.)

So then I mentioned that Becky beckyo works for her church, and Sue laughed and said it sounded like she had a 'direct line' for sure! (smile)

So our neighbors are sending a plant up with Marilyn and me when we go up to visit her tonight. They don't want to visit her, because they feel she's already getting too many visitors. After hearing Sue's full list from yesterday just now, I concur! What were all those people thinking?

Daughter Candy and her friend Theresa took Sue there. Bob and Sue came all the way from The Dalles, even though Sue was slated for her own procedure today! Sue's friend Patsy and her daughter Stacey. Patsy is the friend who had breast cancer that Sue has done so much for. Add Sue's friend Linda and I think that's the full list. (At least her son Larry and his wife Tammy weren't there. I think they were going to get Nicole from school and keep her for Candy...)

Sue's spirits seem high, even though she was dying for a drink of water. (They still haven't done the test, so she'll need to wait on that.)

Marilyn was quoted on the front page of the metro section of the newspaper today. (About yesterday's press release that had radio and t.v. buzzing around the association.) I promised Sue I'd bring the article up to her so she could read it.

She was pleased to be 'in the know' when it was announced yesterday, as her friend Linda was pretty negative about the proposed change. (Tough, Linda. When you can pay the money for renting an expensive venue -- plus the additional staffing costs -- please be sure to ring me up!) Sue stuck up for the decision, but I doubt it made an impression. (Linda is pretty stubborn.)

I just spoke to Marilyn who had a long meeting today with the association's attorneys. She told me the meeting was 'interesting.' I look forward to hearing more about it later!

I finally ordered a subscription to National Geographic magazine for our friend and neighbor. His birthday is February 8, and we wanted to be sure the gift card would be here in time!

I love that magazine. I can recall times when we were kids that our parents took the magazine when they could barely afford to put food on the table. (Yes, there are things more important than food!)

I also remember that several of my LJ friends take the magazine, as well. I can't blame them! I have stacks of NGs around the house, because I read them over and over. I can't bear to part with them. Wonderful articles and photos!

Sue mentioned how much she liked the magazine. I wonder if we should break down and get her a subscription for her upcoming birthday? The gift card would probably never get here in time, but what the hell...

I'll need to phone Marilyn on that one! (I go to the dentist on Monday for the first appointment for that crown I need...)
sister sue

Sue and National Geographic Revisited

What spamming? You say I'm spamming? (smile) Sorry! (Honest!)

Marilyn and I decided if we skipped going out for Mexican food, we could afford to buy Sue that subscription to National Geographic for her birthday. (Yes, we've been going to go since my birthday, but we'll live!) So I've ordered it and the gift card should arrive in time. (Her bday is January 31.)

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I just tried to phone Sue again to see how the test went, and I must have reached one of her visitors! When I asked if I was speaking to Sue, the woman said, "No, this is Linda." I apologized for dialing the wrong number and called the hospital back, annoyed that they'd given me the wrong direct dialing number!

Turned out they hadn't! They repeated the number I'd just dialed. I tell them it didn't reach Sue. They then connect me with the Nurses' Station and they give me the same number. (I used to do phones for a living, so I rarely misdial when I'm looking right at the number -- and I knew I'd dialed correctly.) Anyway, the nurse forwards the call and I get Sue, who just returned from her test. (And guess who is in the room with her? Her friend Linda! Sue says she's sure Linda didn't pick up the phone, but I'm sure she did! That's just so like Linda...)

Anyway, the test news was good! No leaking at all.

Marilyn has a 5:00 meeting that will at least go until 6:00, so I wanted to tell Sue we wouldn't be up until later this evening. She'll need to come home to get me, so we should eat a bite before we head there...

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Well, better get it mailed off, hadn't I? (smile)

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