|Rambling bits and pieces of information.
- On Thursday and Friday of this week, Jim had drains put into his chest from the sides. These are to drain fluid from his lungs, and could be on for a few more days. They also cause him some pain, so we would appreciate prayers for them to work and for his pain. He is also on antibiotics again, but no fever.
- Last night Jim was moved to the Cardiac Care Unit (near the emergency) and is in a room by himself. This is a good thing. Their are 3 patients to 1 nurse (see he is getting better!). There were no beds on the Cardiac Ward upstairs, so he will stay here for a few days until his chest clears up some.
- I spoke with Dr. Cook, the surgeon who did Jim's surgeries, about the "cow" valves. His explanation - they take the lining of a cows heart and fabricate valves from it. Interesting. Not the actual cow valves.
- Today Jim told be that last night, Friday night, was the first time that he actually felt that he was going to live. Your prayers are amazing! He had a better nights sleep, not so much noise and lights, and not so much activity around him.
- Last night our son Trevlyn took me to see the 3D movie "Hugo." We really enjoyed it, and it was 2 hours of "escape" for me.
- Today the physio got Jim to sit in a chair beside the bed for a half-hour! He is really excited to be doing more physio, but a half-hour tires him out. He tries hard to do the exercises they tell him to do, but doesn't have much stamina. Please pray for his strength and endurance to increase.
-While Jim does all that sleeping I sit beside him, hold his hand and read. I have told him that it is a good thing that I come from a "Martens family" (my father's side of the family is know to not be very talkative). I told him that he wouldn't believe how "wordy" I have become on this blog, when he is the "writer" for us.
-Tomorrow Jim is getting dialysis again. Sometimes he is tired from that as well. His kidneys are slowly beginning to increase his urine flow, but he still has quite a ways to go. We continue to appreciate prayers for that to kick in as well.
Bye for now. Joan