Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
The Dawg is okay driving. It's the walking that's a problem for him. I'm hoping we hear something soon from Drs. Handshoe and Bolster.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
We also ate hamburgers and hot dogs with Vic, Edie, Jeffrey, Laura and Courtney. Vic & Edie live on the same street and only a few doors away, but we still went in the car. Carroll watched part of the Braves game there and part back home. The end result certainly wasn't what he hoped for.
Vic grilled some delicious hamburgers and Laura made scrumptious cinnamon bread that was like cake.
Pam and John from England sent a message but left it on my blog instead of this one, so I'm re-posting it as a comment below.
Why did I use this picture of the upper part of his face? I don't know. Maybe just to show that he still wears a hat. It's best if I don't try to explain myself.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Well, he IS better, but he's also realizing that what felt like energy IN the hospital is not the same outside the hospital. He's still very weak, tires easily and is very short of breath. Just talking on the phone is a struggle.
He gets weaker just walking to the kitchen or lifting anything at all, which is why he needs to rest, relax and do nothing.
We went to the Waffle House today. Thank goodness, there was a parking spot right at the front door, but Carroll still got tired walking in.
He lost a lot of weight during his 9-day stay at Summerville Medical Center. Of course, a meal a day at the Waffle House like the one he had today will put the weight back on.
And, naturally, I'm not going to sit there and watch him eat without also eating, so I'll probably be gaining as well. It's the story of my life - at least for the last few years!
The Braves won last night, so that was a picker-upper for Carroll. It was a great game!!!
He misses all of the nice, attentive folks at the hospital, but there are two things he likes about being out: he can watch all of the Braves' games AND he doesn't have to wear that "dress" any more.
We have more pictures that were taken yesterday at the hospital. Most were taken while the wonderful folks were rolling him out of the room for tests or bringing him back in after those tests. The two chest x-rays were done in the room.
It's amazing how mobile such equipment is now. There is so much that can be done right in the room. Even the transesophageal echocardigram earlier this week was done in his room.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
But The Dawg can't really be upset when he's surrounded by such nice people.
Here's Latoria. She was laughing about something. You think it might have been his pulse rate??? Nah, I don't think so.
Ernie "Pete" Black came by to visit tonight. Carroll had calls from Elke, as well as from Pam in Charlotte and Billy in Brevard.
I think Hazel called again from Scotland. We've gotten loads of calls and e-mails asking about Carroll: Rosa and Don, Ed & Diana, Pat, John, (brother) Shawn, Mom and more. The days are beginning to run together, as are visits and e-mails.
Tonight, after it was pretty obvious the Braves weren't winning, we worked on today's crossword while eating Edie's boiled peanuts and half-way watching the game.
Although Carroll is eager to leave the hospital, I think he has enjoyed all of the attention he has been getting.
Here he is with Stephanie.
If you look closely in the above picture, you'll see a container of boiled peanuts next to The Dawg. His daughter-in-law, Edie, made them and brought them to him today. She also sent some on Sunday. Here's Edie:
Son, Vic, looks on as Stephanie checks Carroll, probably wiring him up to machine he took off when he got dressed.
Well, he's not going home today. More tests Friday morning; however, Dr. Handshoe has already said Carroll can go home Friday afternoon.
Here is Dr. Handshoe giving him the news:
Cancer has not been ruled out but Dr. Handshoe said the spot on the upper right lung didn't look like cancer, although, as he mentioned, cancer can look different some times. There's also a possibility of "bird fancier's lung disease." There are probably other possibilities as well. We should know more after tomorrow's tests are read, which probably won't be until Tuesday since Monday is a holiday.
Everybody at Summerville Medical Center has been wonderful, but The Dawg still wants to go home.
Here's another one of the nice people. She's Jenny, and she shares Carroll's last name. She's a Smith.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
These arrived today from Elke and Pete. Aren't they gorgeous?
These are the ones Starla and her daughter, Tora, brought by on Monday night. Beautiful yellow roses in this arrangement.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Team members look almost TOO happy to be starting this process, don't they?
Monday, May 18, 2009
Below are Lauren, Jennifer, Nancy and Kelly. Ella was back again today also.
The ultrasound transducer is positioned on an endoscope (a long, thin, flexible instrument about 1/2 inch in diameter). The endoscope is placed into your mouth and passed into your esophagus (the "food pipe" leading from your mouth into your stomach) to provide a close look at your heart's valves and chambers without interference from the ribs or lungs.
TEE is often combined with Doppler ultrasound and color Doppler to evaluate blood flow across the heart’s valves. TEE is often used when the results from standard echo studies were not sufficient or when your doctor wants a closer look at your heart.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
There was a rain delay. Actually, it was delayed so long that it was finally postponed! No Braves game today.
Most of Sunday, The Dawg was tired, sleepy and not feeling well, although he was breathing a bit better. By the evening, he had improved a little.
For a while his arm was hurting a lot where the IV entered his right arm. The nurse said he probably bent the tube a little and it was likely pressing against a vein or something. It hurt, but he also didn't want it taken out, having to reinsert it. Laura said she had to take it out. After it was done, Carroll was glad it had been done.
In this picture, he and Sonia are both smiling. I guess she hadn't stuck him with a needle or done anything to bother him at that point! The truth is that she never did anything to bother him. I'm not so sure how she got that big smile out of him, though.
Sandra is another of the Summerville Medical Center personnel taking care of him today. Like Sonia and all of the others, Sandra is very nice.
Here's Betty, so friendly and so polite -- and always smiling.
The Dawg had several visitors today. Before I got to the hospital, Edie, Jeffrey and Laura came to visit. Jeffrey and Laura are busy planning a wedding, but they were nice enough to take time to come by. Edie made some boiled peanuts for Carroll. He LOVES boiled peanuts!!
Sunday afternoon, "the twins" - Mary and Helen - came to visit. They are always lots of fun.
John and Deb came by for a while and brought a book for Carroll to read. Wasn't that nice? John is one of Carroll's best friends.
Another of Carroll's closest friends is Chuck. You should have seen the umbrella he was carrying! Carroll and I play a card game called "Fan Tan" with Chuck and his wife, their son and daughter-in-law. We also play Fan Tan with other folks from time to time, especially Mom.
Pastor Sue Briner from St. Luke's took time out of her very busy schedule to come by, chat and have a prayer with us. She's getting ready to go to a "Preaching Festival" in Atlanta for five days. She's looking forward to it, but it doesn't sound like much fun to me. However, Desmond Tutu is the opening speaker for the festival, so it must be a pretty big deal.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
The Dawg was still tired today, wheezing and short of breath, but he's certainly better than he was on Thursday.
Now, let's talk about the personnel at Summerville Medical Center. Have you ever seen people who seem so delighted to bring the needles to stick the patients?
Laura, Jenny, Lori, Bobbie and Pam certainly seem to enjoy their jobs! They've been wonderful!
In fact, I almost hate to leave at night. They seem to enjoy The Dawg too much!
Here, I think Bobbie is having the same problem with Carroll that Mindy had yesterday. He's not supposed to talk when he's taking the breathing treatment (i.e. "smoking the peace pipe.")