Wednesday, June 3, 2009

home sweet home

After only 33 hours at the new Intermountain Medical Center in Murray Marie and I retuned home to Springville Tuesday afternnon. Jamie Lundberg (thanks Jamie!) came over Sunday night so that she could get Joel up and off to BYU soccer camp by 7:30 (Will went with Joel to watch--thanks to neighbor Catrina Jensen for doing that). Sarah then spent the morning at the Bowers family. Grandma and grandpa Tueller came that afternoon and stayed with the kids until we returned on Tuesday. Marie and I drove up for our 5:30 appointment. As dad mentioned I was very touched by Dr. Bishoff's prayer prior to surgery. On Sunday Evening my two counsellors came over to give me a blessing. That along with being on the top of mom's prayer list (sorry Bob--I hope you get a job soon) and having the collective prayers of the Emmett and Tueller families and the 18th ward seemed to do the job. I had considered staying a second night but then when Marie talked to her mom and we found out that Will had a tempertaure and was not doing very well we decided to come home. It was a good decision. Will needed his mom and I slept much better in my own bed than with having talkative nurses come in to my hospital room every two hours during the night. I am typing this standing up because I'm not to sit upright in chairs for any length of time and because I am suppose to stand and walk a lot to avoid blood clots. I will have the cathater in for two weeks and so will not be driving or doing much until then. I am pretty sore across the stomach where the five small incisions were made, but other than that I am on the mend and doing well.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Update on Chad's Surgery

Chad with measles in 1963
Norda and I just got back from visiting Chad and Marie in the Intermountain Medical Center in SLC. He was alert and in good spirits but was also having some pain from the prostate surgery. He had an endoscopic robotic removal of his prostate (which uses small instruments inserted through the abdominal wall to accomplish the surgery rather than having to make an incision through the abdominal wall to get to the prostate) and according to the surgeon, who has done 3000 operations like this, everything went well. His assumption is that, because the nerves separated so well from the prostate, that the tumor hadn't spread but the final report from the pathologist won't be availabe for 2 or 3 more days. The surgeon asked Chad and Marie if it would be OK if he said a prayer before they left the room for surgery - very touching and, apparently, effective! Chad will most likely spend 2 or 3 nights in the hospital before he is released but, so far, everything looks good. If anything changes, we will put an update on the blog. Sorry, but no pictures are available yet so I have added something from the past just for fun.