Saturday, January 06, 2007

Happy New Year! January 6, 2007

Happy New Year Everyone! We wish everyone a kinder, gentle 2007. We know several of you who read this blog who have also had your share of struggles and disappointments to deal with over the past two years. We wish you smooth sailing ahead in 2007.

Here is Richard with his favorite Christmas present from my aunt and cousins in Florida. His new biker puppy sings "Born to be Wild" and does a fantastic job getting us all laughing. Richard just loves it. We took it up to show Mack and he seemed to like it too.

One of Mack's doctors left a message for Richard last week that we couldn't give Mack anything else by mouth, not even water. We don't know why and Richard has tried to make an appointment to talk with this doctor in person to find out why. So far, we just got the phone message that we need to STOP doing it. All the nurses said was that it was doctor's orders that Mack is not get anything else by mouth. That was a huge disappointment. Mack has shown us no signs of any complications in swallowing the ice pops, water and ice cream we've been giving him since Thanksgiving. It's very frustrating not being able to talk with the doctor when you need to. It's like herding cats to catch up with him to have a discussion. He won't return Richard's phone calls and we can't get a definite time frame from the nurses for when he makes his rounds to catch him then. We're thinking of parking ourselves in Mack's room for the entire day to wait for him. We have to talk with him to find out exactly why the change was made. We ARE going to get to the bottom of this soon. I have a suspicion one of the nurses was the instigator of this whole thing last week - she challenged Richard about the ice pop he was feeding Mack and he told her that he had previously gotten the doctor's okay - and she said "we'll see about that". The next day we were told to stop doing it. We going to push to get another swallow study done on Mack. He was scheduled to have one the day he had his teeth pulled, so it was cancelled, but never rescheduled. I think that's the best route to go at this point. If Mack passes the swallow study, as I think he will, then there shouldn't be any more problems around that.

I know that I've been doing most of the "talking" on this blog so far; however, we welcome anyone else's comments and any pictures they might have of Mack (along with a brief caption). Just click on the comments button at the bottom of an entry and add whatever you'd like to add. I'm sure other folks would like to hear someone else's opinion besides mine. Remember too, that Mack will read them as well, whenever he's able to read again. He can see the pictures now, even though we don't think he can read yet.

Thank you Aunt Jacky for the family pictures you sent us. I'll scan them and try to post them soon so that others in the family can see them as well.

Please continue to keep Mack in your prayers as he still has a long road to recovery ahead. We also want to thank each of you for your love and support over the past few months. You will never know how much that means to us.

All our love,
Ruth & Richard


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