Tom Schaafsma's Journal
Monday Morning, Day 10
Written Oct 22, 2012 7:49pmSo far a calm day. We met with Dad's ICU team for perhaps the last time this morning. They told him as they departed his room "Come back again sometime to visit, but not to stay. We would like to see you walking around in the cafeteria." Dad was gracious and thanked them all for their care and expertise. The plan for today is to transfer Dad back down to actue care where he will be more involved with rehab to work on his strength and endurance. He continues to be eager to get home but overall is humbled with his progress and is appreciative of the support and quality care he has been getting. His medical team will make a few adjustments to his medications but all in all he has been stable and free of any major complications. He still requires supplemental oxygen with activity, but we should see that improve as he moves around more and as his body continues to purge the excess fluids that are still lingering from the initial injuries. He had his first cribbage game today with me (Leanne) and stated "today is about playing, not winning." We decided that will be our motto for the week. Thank you again for all your prayers, we are truly a blessed family, overwhelmed with gratitude and love. We will write again after we have moved camp to a new site on the acute care floor.With gracious hearts, Kids and Jacque
Sunday Night: Day 9
Written Oct 22, 2012 5:15am
Annie, Ryan, Kelin, and I are watching the local soccer team (the Sounders) from our "penthouse" window on floor 9. If we had a telescope we could actually see some of the plays. We are waiting now for the changing of the guard of nurses to transition to the next 12 hours, weary and ready for rest. Tom has been sleeping much of the day, due to the meds that he's on now, which makes us want to nap too. Today they took out the epidural as planned and also performed the procedure to remove 1 1/2 liters of fluid from around his lungs. This should help him feel much more comfortable. Tomorrow Tom will likely be moved back down to the acute care floor and begin rehab. The therapists will have their work cut out for them though, as Tom is rather eager to walk right out of here and head home. We share his eagerness and look forward to walking out of here with him, we hope very soon. As we hear the Sounders setting off fireworks for each goal they score, we look forward to soon lighting some celebratory fireworks of our own. Blessings to each of you and thank you for the continued prayers and encouragements.
Sunday morning day 9
Written Oct 21, 2012 6:05pmAfter a good nights rest for all of us, we are ready to meet this new day. Tom was eating breakfast by himself when we arrived and is in good spirits this morning. It's amazing to watch the tenacity and gratitude with which Tom greets each day. The plan for today is to remove the epidural in his back. They will also do a ultrasound guided procedure to remove fluid from around his lungs this am. This will help with breathing and decrease oxygen needs. Pain and respiratory management is the name of the game right now but tomorrow we will begin again with the Rehab service, OT and PT, etc. moving forward in baby steps with the goal of returning home. For now Tom remains in ICU, but will move to an acute care floor soon, despite the fact the ICU teams are falling in love with him! (and we with them)
In Reflection news we have learned the identity of the "angel in the woods with the white t-shirt on." His name is Mike and we learned he lives on the property way behind us. He is the one we hear cutting down wood in the distance, who came close to where Tom and Ryan when he heard their chainsaws. He witnessed the whole thing happen. God is speaking to this man too, as He has a way of getting our attention. May we each become increasingly mindful of Him and also pray for Mike. Thanks to all of you. Later...