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Old 02-05-2012, 06:53 PM   #1721
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GDIL is awake, they told her about the baby and were ready for her response. She said she knew it, somehow. Most likely heard it while she was "under" and it soaked in a little. She will be in the hospital a bit longer for surgery to pin her pelvis. Thanks, everyone for your well wishes for us.
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Old 02-05-2012, 07:03 PM   #1722
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GDIL is awake, they told her about the baby and were ready for her response. She said she knew it, somehow. Most likely heard it while she was "under" and it soaked in a little. She will be in the hospital a bit longer for surgery to pin her pelvis. Thanks, everyone for your well wishes for us.
So, so sad. Hoping for a speedy recovery, PF.
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Old 02-05-2012, 10:40 PM   #1723
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We just got sad news. Our granddaughter-in-law was in a car accident and lost the baby. She is still in the hospital with internal bleeding. If I disappear, I'm off to Colorado.
So sorry to hear this. My sympathies to all.
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Old 02-05-2012, 10:44 PM   #1724
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So sorry to hear this. My sympathies to all.
Welcome home, Andy and Thank you!

Waiting for one more phone call tonight with update.
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Old 02-05-2012, 11:01 PM   #1725
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GDIL is awake, they told her about the baby and were ready for her response. She said she knew it, somehow. Most likely heard it while she was "under" and it soaked in a little. She will be in the hospital a bit longer for surgery to pin her pelvis. Thanks, everyone for your well wishes for us.
Oh my, I hope her recovery is swift and she has lots of support from those around her. I'm so sorry to hear about that.
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Old 02-05-2012, 11:29 PM   #1726
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i'm terribly sorry, fee. i hope your gdil is ok and gets better soon, physically and spiritually.
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Old 02-06-2012, 12:01 AM   #1727
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Thanks Bucky.
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Old 02-06-2012, 11:18 AM   #1728
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Fiona, thanks for the update. She has been on my mind and in my prayers a lot. Have you decided whether you are going yet?
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Old 02-06-2012, 11:26 AM   #1729
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Fiona, thanks for the update. She has been on my mind and in my prayers a lot. Have you decided whether you are going yet?
Thanks, Laurie!

Her surgery is tomorrow. Spoke with Stepson, he says we are certainly welcome, but right now they are fairly overrun with relatives. He suggests coming down when she is out of the hospital to provide help. They won't be doing anything about a memorial until she is up and around on her own. There are several nurses on her side of the family. Shrek says we will go down for the memorial.
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Old 02-06-2012, 12:00 PM   #1730
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My heart go out to anyone who is facing a family medical difficulty.

Having said that I would like to add a few notes for those on the sidelines and who mean well.

Do try to plan you visits to the hospital through the immediate family. To do otherwise, creates problems not only for the patient but also the staff. When the room gets too full of visitors, most often you will be asked to leave. And it is exhausting for the patient. I know, I have been there more often than I care to remember. All I wanted to do was sleep. Not entertain visitors.

If you do choose to visit, then please remember your friend/relative will probably have a roommate. Be considerate of that roommate and their company.

Please do not sit on the bed. It can be very jarring for the patient. Specially if they have sutures.

Save your visits for after the patient is home. Your help will be more appreciated.

Clear with the family if the patient is allergic to flowers. Humorous cards are more appreciated and can go home and kept with the patient. After all, humor is the best medicine. If you insist on a present, send a nice robe or nightgown to be worn home. Check with the family for size. One time while in I was in rehab, I mentioned that I would love to be able to wear my own nightgown. But I didn't have any with me. I must have received at least ten in the mail from friends. How quickly the word spread. I still have some of them today and still wear them. They mean the world to me.

Have some meals cooked for when the patient returns home. Include the spouse in the amount. After hospital food, a home cooked meal will be greatly appreciated and devoured. If you do visit the hospital, check with family as to what foods the patient wants or can safely eat. Fried foods are not a good idea for a gall bladder patient. But a big cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee can make their day. Decaf coffee will never cut it for me.

Lastly, that big elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about? Unless the patient brings it up, then don't you be the one. Leave the family argument at home.

If anyone has any other gems to add, please do so.
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