Thursday, June 4, 2009

Thursday update

No real news to report (which is good news) about my mom, other than she is officially out of the ICU and in a regular room (it is still cardiac care, but no longer ICU). She only has one tube going into her remaining, the one going into her neck and that is it! She asked me to bring her a chocolate chip cookie to eat (so that is good that she actually wants to start eating a little bit). The girls and I left for the hospital around 2p.m. (we would have left right after lunch but Whitney let me know that she would NOT wait to have her bottle until we got down there, so I thought maybe I better feed my child first :) We visited with my mom and dad for a while and showed my mom the watercolor Anne made for her. After a while, Anne was starting to bounce off the walls and my mom was looking tired, so my dad and I took the girls to ride the "people mover" so that my mom could take a nap.

We went from Methodist to Riley Hospital for Children (where Whitney had her open-heart surgery) and at Riley we rode the elevators, looked at a train model, doll house, and Anne threw coins into the fountain. My Dad asked her if she would like to make a wish. She wished to put the penny into the fountain. She put the penny in the fountain and then asked if she could make another wish. This time my Dad asked her what her wish was and she said she wanted to throw the penny into the fountain. Wouldn't it be nice if she was always this easy to please :) We then rode back & Anne remembered when Whitney had been in the hospital that my Dad or Mike would take her to ride the people mover and Mike told her he saw the troll that lives under the bridge (from the Three Billy Goats Gruff book). Anne told us today that she saw the troll and he was eating chicken burritos. Funny :) We stayed until about 7p.m. then had dinner downtown and got home around 8:30 tonight. We will head back down tomorrow and hopefully my mom will be feeling even better!

I also read some of the comments from the blog to her, she enjoyed hearing the messages from everyone and laughed at some of them (particularly, the Tanqueray comment from Jenny Jones)

My Dad is doing great through all of this, I know it is VERY stressful for him, so if you think about it, could you say a prayer for him (and for my 91 year old grandmother, Kay - even if you are 91 and your baby is 59, it is still hard to know your baby is going through this!)


Anonymous said...

Love the pic of Mar and Jim on a ferry boat on Puget Sound. I recognize, wistfully, my old home (Seattle in the background)! One can not be too bad off when calling for a Chocolate Chip cookie...that would make me feel good too! Thanks Laura for your continued blogs...they are a lifeline!

aunt peg

Craig D. Byron said...

Through this whole process, in everything that you've written, the love and devotion your dad has for your mom came through. It reminded me of when my mom had a heart attack, and we thought we were going to lose her. Seeing my dad, having him tell me that my mom was the love of his life, is a memory seared into my memory.

I'm sure that your mom's recovery is buoyed by the love and support she has from her whole family. Medicine is doing it's job, but love is helping your mom's heart just as much.

Hope her recovery continues to go well.

Ellen said...

And for some reason, that posted under Craig's name, but it should be from me. Oops.

Rebecca said...

Anne's comment cracks me up so much!

I'm happy to hear that your mom is progressing nicely. All of you continue to be in our prayers daily.

Anonymous said...

From Dan and Lynne: We are very pleased to hear of Mary Alice's progress and continue to wish her well and a speedy recovery. We too send our love of which she has plenty.

Anonymous said...


Thanks so much for your dedication to the blog. We too appreciate the updates.

Your Mom's prognsis & surgery bring back memories of an emergency open heart/valve replacement scare a few years back our 40 yr old brother faced. We know how scary it's been for all of you. Mary Alice's quick and steady improvement shows you are all being shined on from above...and that chocolate chip cookie might be a good addition to your Mom's Rx! :)

It sounds like your little sweeties are doing well. Riley Hospital was a God-sent for our little grandson, so I know Whitney's in good hands.


Jeanie & Mike K.

Anonymous said...

Sound great so far. Let us know when she and Jim are
heading home. We can get some meals thrown together for them.

Cheryl & Jerry

Diane Denis said...

Hi Mary Alice & Jim,
Just want to let you know that I'm thinking about you. I've been following the blog daily - it's a great way to keep up with what's going on. I'm rooting for you all to be home soon!

Candy Reed said...

Hi Laura,
I am so glad your Mom is doing so great. We said lots of prayers for her and all of you. Your Mom and Dad are the sweetest people. Nick sends a hello to them also. He enjoyed their visit in Seattle. I can't wait for her to come home so I can visit and bring something good for everyone to enjoy.Give everyone a hug and tell them that we are still praying for them. I met your grandmother about two weeks ago and she is a lovely lady.
Your girls are adorable. Enjoy them because they grow up to fast.
Thank you so much for doing this so we can keep up with Mary Alice and her progress.
Thom and Candy Reed

Bob Naville said...

Hey Malice,Jim,family & friends, Con emailed the's great! You've brought the memories flooding back of my dbl valve replacement w infection! "Detubed?" soon discomfort will slowly fade & be replaced by the sensation of returning strength! It's a sweet feeling, enjoy it! Behave & get well!