|Carla works on her computer while enjoying some warm Phoenix sun!|
2 days later we took Annie to another hospital (John C. Lincoln for those of you who are familiar with Phoenix). She came through the surgery with flying colors and had no complications. She was lucky enough to get a room on the 3rd floor which had recently been renovated and was quite wonderful with all the high tech equipment and big screen TV! 4 days later she was released and the long recuperation began. We had quite a big schedule, as she had to be on the CPM machine 2 hours three times a day with 1/2 hour icing after each session! We had to get started at 6 AM to get everything worked in! She also had about 30 minutes of exercises she had to do, along with some walking. A physical therapist also came in 3 days a week for 2 weeks. Annie had to use the machine for three weeks and I had to be there to put it in and out of the bed and to be with her when she walked and exercised for safety's sake. I also had to do all the cooking and cleaning during that time so I was pretty busy. But I did get some reading in and we watched several movies, too. Annie, who is a big sports fan, also got to watch a lot of baseball while using the CPM machine.
|Annie's porch is lighted with "red hot chili peppers." Carla had to replace the bunch and this is how they turned out.|
On Wednesday morning the stomach pains returned with a vengeance. We were still on the 6 hour CPM schedule with all the exercising, so by afternoon when the pills seemed to be doing no good, Carla took Bob to the emergency room at Mayo Clinic which is about a 10 minute drive from Annie's house. They immediately took x-rays and after seeing them, pumped his stomach and put him in their hospital for an unspecified amount of time until the whole situation could be resolved. He was assigned a team of Drs. which included surgeons to decide how to proceed.
Thursday night about midnight, Paul and Ash arrived from California. On Friday Bob had lots of visitors but still nothing could be decided until they did some more x-rays on his stomach. That evening JJ and Ozzie arrived on motorcycles heading back to Nevada from San Antonio where they had spent Spring Break with Micah's family. They continued their trip the next day after being assured that Bob was doing much better. On Easter Sunday Bob was released from the hospital without surgery but armed with a low fiber diet (just the opposite of what the other hospital had suggested) which we hope will help the situation.
|Another shot of the pepper bunch for Carla to see since she went home before dark that day.|
|I'm getting excited to see my "cabin" after being gone since the New Year!|