Sunday, September 5, 2010

Moving Forward

Sorry, I've been bad, but let me give you an update.  Shanda is slowly getting better each day.  Since my last post, she was doing great and then unfortunately took a few steps backwards in her recovery.  It seemed to correlate with the waking up of her bowels, of course we want her bowels to wake up and start functioning, but with that came severe pain and bloody stools, sorry to be graphic.  I hesitate to mention that but it explains why she received four units of blood within the past few days.  They have had to increase her pain meds and epidural to combat the pain, which in turn made her very loopy and sleepy.  Today we learned she has a bladder infection.... so now add IV antibiotics to the regimen of medications, poor girl, she has been through a lot.  The good thing is that she has had a lot of rest and is having bowel movements.  We thought there would be a chance that she would be out of the hospital by now, but we are probably looking at another week.  We are very hopeful and are reminded daily that the results of the surgery were very positive and now she just has to heal and get better.  SHE WILL.

Shanda is awesome and I'm so proud of her.  She is going through the worst HELL, I can't imagine.
I love her so much.

21 comments:

katherinemary said...

Thank you so much for the updates. Your family is amazing and you all have incredible strength. What a bond you have. Shanda, we are praying for you and your family. Your story is incredible.
Kate

Kim and Thad said...

We are so proud of Shanda, too, and know that it takes a lot of courage, tenacity, and sheer will power to do what she is doing. Shanda remains in our thoughts and prayers daily and we continue to root for her to kick this cancer's butt! Go Shanda!

Charlene Hardy said...

Hi Shanda, Hillary contacted me to take your family's photos. I am so excited to meet your beautiful family in the upcoming month or two. I have read through your blog and am truly amazed and inspired by your strength and courage. You have been in my thoughts ever since I was contacted and I am looking forward to meeting you.
http://charlenehardyphotography.com

Gloria said...

I appreciate hearing how Shanda is doing. I tried to send a message on Sat. evening but this site wouldn't accept my password so I unfortunately lost it. Bottom line: My prayers continue to be with Shanda and your family!! I loved the great photos and am amazed at Shanda's optimism!!! She's definately made of pioneer grit!!!

Auna Leigh said...

thanks for the update Larry! so ggod to hear things are smooth moving! ;) Good luck and take care of yourself! Did you get to watch the BYU game?

PalsRWe said...

Stay Strong.... Bummer that you had a rough few days again... But in the end very thankful that things are moving along and you are progressing again. Thanks for always keeping us updated on your precious wife and family Larry.
Lots of prayers and Loves, Kiley & Family

PalsRWe said...

Stay Strong.... Bummer that you had a rough few days again... But in the end very thankful that things are moving along and you are progressing again. Thanks for always keeping us updated on your precious wife and family Larry.
Lots of prayers and Loves, Kiley & Family

rc said...

Your updates are so helpful for all of us cheering your family through this crisis. She has been heroic throughout all of this-what a role model for her girls. We keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers. Keep up the good fight.

Judaloo said...

Being away from a computer for 5 days has its disadvantages! Thanks for doing the updates, Larry! You are doing a great job!! Shanda, we are cheering fro you at the Leonard house!!

The Larsons said...

What a bummer... but definitely good to look at the positives. Thanks for the updates Larry! Shanda is lucky to have someone who loves and supports her the way you do. Shanda, you are amazing. Stay strong!

Lexie said...

My goodness, it's a good thing her spirit is so strong because her body just sounds worn out! I'm sorry about the steps backwards, but I am still so excited about the results of the surgery. You guys are in our prayers, we love you and hope that the healing quickens and you can be home soon!

Lexie said...

My goodness, it's a good thing her spirit is so strong because her body just sounds worn out! I'm sorry about the steps backwards, but I am still so excited about the results of the surgery. You guys are in our prayers, we love you and hope that the healing quickens and you can be home soon!

chesam said...

we will continue to keep her in our prayers. she is so strong and will pull through this. she has an amazing support team. thanks for the update! lots of love for your sweet family.

The Person Family said...

Thank you for updating us on how she's doing. I hope things only continue to get better and that she continues to heal and strengthen. Keeping all of you in our payers.

Tracey said...

I"ve been so worried since there wasn't a new update. I"m sorry to hear things have been so tough but love your perspective remembering the positive test results and that recovery is on it's way! It's going to be a long road but you're on your way! Keep it up!

Meg said...

Thanks for the update Larry! We can't wait for the day when you can look BACK on this craziness.

Aly G said...

Shanda you are such a strong girl! Holy cow you have been through it! I am so glad to hear that all is going to be okay and that you get to go home in a week! You are a trooper. You are in our thoughts and prayers always!! Larry thanks for the updates....keep them coming!:) We sure love you guys! Luvs!

rc said...

the "Stand up to Cancer" fundraiser is on tonight. Shanda you are truly the poster person for this program. YOUR courage and strength are what this is all about! Keep up the good fight-take care of yourself!
Randy is doing better now too.He is on a "break" from his chemo for a couple of more weeks.

Susi said...

You are bothe amazing! As is the rest of your families... We are grateful for her strength and both of your testimonies. Hang in there. We love, love, LOVE you!

Sydney said...

Our prayers are being sent your way. Hang in there!

Laurene said...

We hope and pray that improvements are experienced every day!