Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2007 8:01 PM
Subject: News about Jerrod
Jerrod had a CT scan this morning and Dr. Catterini just came in
this evening. Everything looked good so he removed the Ventricular
Catheter. We asked if he still feels we won't need the permanent
shunt and he said "so far so good." After removing the catheter he
stapled the incision. I'm not telling you that to make you cringe,
but when he shot the first staple in he asked Jerrod if he was okay.
He gave a thumbs up and said with a grin "that feels great." Dr.
Catterini said, "and you're a good liar."
He said Dr. Morgan would be here tomorrow and would most likely move
him out of CCU onto a regular floor. From that point it just depends
upon his progress. He said once he can eat and walk he can leave the
hospital. Eating is not a problem. Let me give you the menu he
ordered tonight. He is eating now.
Cream of Potato Soup
Home Style Mashed Potatoes
Black Beans and Rice
2 White Rolls
Pork Chop with Tarragon Sauce
Fettuccini with pesto sauce and baby shrimp
Fresh Fruit Plate
New York Style Cheese Cake
Vanilla Milk Shake
2 percent Milk
You think I'm kidding don't you? I'm serious. It required 3 trays to
bring it all. (I don't think he can eat it all but he likes to eat a
little of all of it.)
So... I believe walking is our only challenge to work on.
Dr. Catterini said that the nurses will transport him to the neuro
floor and Mayflower Movers will need to be called to move the rest.
That's about the truth. After living in the CCU for two weeks we
have kind of set up housekeeping here.
Physical Therapy worked with Jerrod again this morning and got him
up and had him march in place and walk to his chair. He was a little
stronger today. It will be easier for him to work on walking as we
continue to remove tubes and wires.
We still do not know about the tumor, we hope to have the results by
Friday. That is our estimated date of dismissal from the hospital.
We will be staying in the Womble's apartment for two weeks which we
appreciate more than we could ever express in words. Dr. Catterini
does not want us more than a few minutes away from the hospital for
two weeks after we leave.
Russ is also going to post a photo of Carla, Jerrod and Daddy on the
website that we took as we celebrated the removal of the catheter.
Prayers just continue to be answered don't they? Jerrod still has a
very loud grinding noise in his ears and I believe that is what is
effecting his speech. His speech was a little bit clearer today and
he thinks the grinding may be a tiny bit better today. His eye sight
is getting a little better when he looks straight, but his
peripheral vision is still blurry and dark.
But considering what he has been through, we feel more than blessed.
We will continue to keep you updated, thank you all and we love each
of you dearly,
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