My parents, in-laws and other family members have been calling and visiting regularly.
I've also had a great outpouring of support and help from the ward and stake. The High-Priests group leader asked some other quorum members to look after my home teaching families until I can get out again. The Bishopric has visited me a couple of times. I have a great home teacher. The Relief society has been a great help too.
A member of the stake high council is going to cover my speaking assignments in April. A member of the stake presidency is filling in for me in some of my other assignments.
I've also received many well-wishes and thoughts from my blogging friends as well.
I'm so grateful for all the thoughts and prayers that have been directed my way. It can be overwhelming, if you thing about it -- but on the other hand, its what I need at this time.
Here is an example of what my daily routine is these days:
7:00 am - Start first IV (takes two hours to infuse).
7:00 am - Take oral antibiotic
9:00 am - Start second IV (one hour)
10:00 am - disconnect from IV
10:00 am - Flush and Drain the drain tubes. Measure and log the net output from each drain.
10:15 am - Wound Care. Clean and dress wounds surrounding where the tubes make their entrance.
12:00 - Take Oral Antibiotic
Some free time in the afternoon, time to take a shower (a complicated process). And maybe take a nap.
5:00 - Take Oral Antibiotic
7:00 pm - Start IV (two hour version)
9:00 pm - Disconnect IV
9:00 pm - Flush and drain Tubes.
9:15 pm - Wound care.
10:00 pm - Take Oral antibiotic.
The pain has gone down substantially. I still get a little achy from time to time, but usually Tylenol will take care of it. I've tried to use the Lortab sparingly.
We had a follow-up CT scan last Monday. The abscesses have still not completely closed off. When they injected dye into the abscesses, they found traces of the dye going into the liver, and into the colon. Ideally, we want the abscesses to completely seal off - that way they won't be spreading infection.
We have another follow-up CT scan set for this coming Monday.
Should the abscesses NOT seal off, then I am looking at the possibility of needing surgery remove the abscesses, and seal up the organs. A portion of the colon could also be removed.
For now though, I'm hoping and praying the drains do their jobs.