Sunday, September 14, 2008

It's Me and I am home

Hello All,

I am comfortably sitting on my own couch and it feels great. The only thing I miss about the hospital is the bed. Really comfortable and easy to get in and out of. But I would trade it for what I am doing now. Sitting next to Teya while she is watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. I'm glad to be home and spending time with her. I really missed her and it lifts my spirits hearing her laugh. The nursing staff was great, but the one I have at home is much better. Unfortunately, my dad left first thing this morning, but my mom will be here all week and Todd will be working from home on some days. They were great while I was in the hospital and a blessing now that I am home. Even Teya has turned into quite a nurse. She helps me get up from the couch and goes on walks with me through the house.

Todd and my parents were a great visiting team. They was always someone with me and when they were there they didn't mind that I would drift off to sleep mid-sentence. I mean this literally. One second I would be talking and the next I couldn't keep my eyes open. I would then wake up about 30 minutes or so later and get back in the conversation. It was really funny, but awesome that they made me feel comfortable enough to do it. Since it is difficult to get good sleep at a hospital, it is good to get some shut eye when your body is telling you it needs it. They were my saving grace in ICU right after my surgery. After 2 1/2 hours of the most intense pain I have ever experienced, they were finally led to my room and within minutes took control to get me the pain meds I needed. I was in so much pain I couldn't speak, I could only sign to them. 10 fingers means extreme pain and I couldn't show them enough. The scale the hospital uses is 0 - 10. It was difficult not being able to speak as I was so angry that I was in so much pain for so long and that my family wasn't with me. I remember feeling relieved as soon as I heard my mom's voice. After that I was on my road to recovery.

Thanks to everyone for your well wishes. It is great to have your support. I have heard that some of you do not know how to leave a comment. If you would like to leave one, click on the word "comment" after a post. There will be a box in the upper right corner of the screen where you can write whatever you like. Then if you have a Google account you click that option, if not click Anyomous. You do not have to create an account to leave a comment. I'm not pressuring for comments; however, I hope this helps those that were sure how.

I'm now going to go read my baby girl a story and get her to bed.

Thanks!
Tina

12 comments:

Lucy Feuerstein said...

Hi Tina!

Just wanted to let you know we've been thinking about you and keeping your whole family in our prayers.

As if the physical stuff wasn't enough, time away from Teya must have been so difficult emotionally too...for both of you. I'm so glad you're back home and happy Teya's there to cheer you up and visa versa.

Thanks for sharing your story and keeping us updated on everything. I have to say it's so inspiring to hear your attitude in handling all of this.

Here's hoping each day going forward gets you feeling better and better.

Love,
Lucy and family

Jon Martin said...

Hey Tina! Glad to hear you are back home and doing better! Let us know if you need anything in the coming weeks. CB and I are ready to help you with anything you need!

Get well soon!

Jon

Amy said...

TINA!! I am so happy that you are home. My Mom is here with me (;long story) and she says shes love you and has been praying for your recovery every day! Let me know if you are up for visitors or if I can drop off some dinner for you all this week!

Love you!

Amy

Anonymous said...

Hey Tina,

Not sure you know who I am (the loud, tall one at volleyball)...but know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Glad to hear you are home and doing better.

Kimberly T.

Amanda Armbrust said...

Yeah Tina!! I just spent the last 20 minutes or so catching up on my daily dose of Tina (we were out of town) and I'm so glad to hear everything went well (except for the pain) and that you are home!! Thanks so much for keeping up your blog and letting us all know what's going on. Your courage and story is a daily inspiration.

Lots of love!!
Amanda and fam

Anonymous said...

Tina:
Glad to know you're home with your Mom, Todd and Teya! Home is the best place to rest and heal! Hang in there, we're thinking of you.
Love,
Suzanne, Dave,
Brendan & Erin

Anonymous said...

Tina,

We are so relieved and happy for you that you are finally back home. Let us know if there is anything that we can do for you.

Love,
The Suttons

Jeanne said...

Hi Tina -
So glad that you are home now and on the road to recovery! We hope all goes well and you gets lots of sleep -- we are constantly thinking of you all!
Jeannie & Scott Tucker

Dan Ballecer and Family said...

Tina:

You're really an inspiration. We're praying for you and we know you'll get better! Stay strong!

OceanDesert said...

GOOD to "hear" your voice!!! Being home will speed up your recovery for sure! We were also so blessed to have had everyone's help and know what a huge difference it makes, so please let us know if you need ANYTHING...hugs, Sara and Mike

Alicia said...

Hi Tina!!

Finally got to read the updates on you, but I have been staying in contact with Cory. He has been great in regards to keeping me posted! I am sooo glad to hear that you are home. It sounds like things get better and better as days go by, Wonderful!!

You are always in my thoughts and I would love to talk to you sometime when its convenient for you. No rush on that though just want you to know that you can call me anytime.

Love you Tina and keep getting better.

Ang said...

So to show my computer incompetence, I didn't realize there was a way to leave comments. Chris is probably embarassed by that! Sounds like you are getting stronger and stronger and well on your way to recovering. I'm sure it's nice to be in your own bed and not have a screaming neighbor too! Let us know if we can do anything to help out!