Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Kathy Update – 3

Kathy hasn’t needed any pain medicine since Sunday and continues to improve. However, the dreaded nose tube was not removed yesterday and continues to cause her discomfort. Also yesterday the arm that has had the IV needle in swelled up and squeezed the veins closed.  It took some time to find a viable vein in her other arm with much probing with a needle.

She continues to tire easily from walking or sitting too long.

The doctor hasn’t said when the nose tube will be removed or how much longer Kathy will be in the hospital. We do know that Kathy won’t be able to eat even soft foods for a day after the tube is removed. She hasn’t eaten or drank anything since Friday night!

Today I will be moving our 5th wheel to a full hookup RV Park in Blythe, California to be near the hospital. My GPS says that it is a 60 mile round trip from our encampment near Quartzsite, Arizona to the hospital and back.

I do want to publicly thank the Montana Owners group for their help and support during this difficult time here in the desert. Every one of them came forward offering to help in any way they could. I especially want to thank Carl and Susan Youngren for providing puppy sitting for Raider through all of this. You have no idea how much it helps to know that Raider is in good hands while we are 30 miles away. I also want to thank Susan for making sure I didn’t starve. J


  1. Will be keeping you both close to my heart...I know how hard it is to see your loved one in pain. Her strength will come back, it takes time. I remember my late husband's surgeon telling him it would be a year before he was close to feeling like he did prior to surgery/radiation. Mike laughed and figured on 6 months (other than the cancer he was healthy). Turned out, it was a year. The body takes all the time it needs... Hugs to you both!!

  2. Grant,
    Thank you for keeping us updated on Kathy's progress. I check your site first thing every morning.
    I'm so happy to hear YOU and Raider are being taken care of too.
    My best to you all,

  3. You're in my prayers.
    Hugs and take care,