Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Gone home...

Just thought I would let you all know that Mary's husband Larry passed away on Monday. He lived less than 2 hours after they removed the respirator. Along with the paralysis he had lost his eyesight.

Jess on the other hand seems to be doing better and better. Not that he doesn't have problems. He continues to get fluid in his stomach so moving him to South Davis is delayed again for at least another week.

I had a good visit with him today. When Doris told him that I had brought her to the hospital and was there he actually waved his arm to tell me to get over there. He took my hand and had a Hugh grin on his face. That meant a lot to me. Doris and I stood at his bed and visited about all kinds of things, he was listening to us and smiling here and there in our conversation. It will sure be nice when he is closer to home, and can get the tracheotomy out so he can talk. I asked him if he was just hanging around till spring so he doesn't have to do any shoveling, he just smiled and nodded his head.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Murray Family Medical Update

It has been quite a roller coaster ride we have been on the last 5 weeks. I can tell you what's going on today but it will probably change tomorrow.

Yesterday we went to see Jess, he is still at the U. Hospital. Twice they have set a date to move him to South Davis Hospital and both times they weren't able to because something comes up. He keeps getting fluid in him stomach, they drained 6 liters of fluid out of his stomach on Monday. They are hoping to move him this Tuesday but today there was more fluid again so we'll see. He has been in and out of ICU a couple of times. He is in intermediate care right now.
Yesterday when we got there we got a big smile from him and he would respond to our yes or no questions. He still can't walk because of the Tracheotomy. Then he tried to say something and we just couldn't read his lips. That seemed to discourage him and then he didn't respond any more. He didn't respond to Dan today when he was there. He seems to be hanging in there, so we hope for the best. He is still on breath assist but he is now mostly breathing on his own. I feel bad for how long he has been laying in a hospital bed, we were there yesterday when they rolled him over, it looked awful.

About 2 weeks after Jess went in the hospital Mary's husband Larry went in for bypass surgery. He was doing really well and then the day before he was to go home he had a massive stroke. They were pretty optimistic for a few days but it's not good. The stroke paralyzed his right side and both his feet and has now taken his eye sight. Probably tomorrow the family will have to make some tough decisions.

Also during this time Vicki's daughter broke her wrist, her son David suffered 3 bulging or herniated discs, and her husband has kidney stones. Also, I don't know if you know or remember that Vicki's husband is Kelly Christensen. His sister Cindy lives by us and is married to Steve Bednar and we just love them, I golf with Cindy. Her husband is also at the U.because of a staph infection that went to his heart. He had to have a valve replaced. Word is it went well and he is doing well and hopefully home in a few days.

Like I said anything could happen tomorrow...

P.S. I do know that there is a LARGE space between my last 2 posts, if anyone can tell me how to get rid of it I would love to know. I tried and tried but the more I tried the slower my computer got and I gave up.

We send you all our love!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Home from the Sand and Sun in Puerto Rico

If 80 degrees isn't perfect I don't know what is! It was so great to to spend a week where it was warm. Too bad they have to freeze you out in the hotel. I took a jacket every where we went, go outside, take it off, go inside put it on.
We got there Saturday night around 10 p.m. In the morning Coremark, the sponser of the trip, had a breakfast for us then we went to church at a small Spanish branch. Our group of 1o couples made up about 1/4of the congregation. It was fun, they were all so nice and most
sp0keke English. After that they had a tour of Old San Juan lined up for us. This is our group.

We had an overly zealous Tour guide that drove us nuts. He used to be a history teacher. We went to the Capital Building and inside I found this crazy politician.

While the tour guide, Paul, was going on a few of us wandered on our own.
Then we went to a fort, not just a fort, a Defencive Progressive Fort built in the 1500's. Don't call it a fort when Paul is in ear shot, he will remind you that it is a Progressive Defence Fort, and it's even better if you slam your hand down with each word.

Inside the fort


It was a pretty cool place to take pictures so I would wander until Paul would see me and he would try to reel me in again. These are a couple of my favorites.

The cruise ship is actually across the bay.

After the fort it was back on the bus to another part of town. When we got there Dan and I took off again(did you know that we were such rebels) and found a park with lots of families flying kites.

Monday we mostly stayed on the hotel beach and pool. Tuesday we rented a car with 3 couples and went to the rain forest. We walked up to a water fall, the brave ones went in.

When I look at this waterfall, I see a wedding dress.

The next day Dan got to golf so watched Twilight in the room.

Dan went on a snorkeling excursion while I went shopping with a friend.

We also went Kayaking at night, though a Mangrove forest to a Bio-Luminescent Bay. The micro_organisms in the water light up when the water is stirred up. It was pretty cool. We found out that we or mabey me can not Kayak very well. But we never fell out of the kayal like one couple did twice, the guide took the wife and put her in his Kayak and made the guy go it alone.

We had a great time but it's always nice to be home.