Saturday, August 8, 2009

Good Progress

After shopping for school clothes and getting Tonto's group ready to head back to SD, I spent the afternoon at the hospital. Clark is doing so well. The pressure in his brain is coming down. They aren't using as many blood products as expected. He is not as swollen as we anticipated either. In fact, his neck was very swelled yesterday and noticeably reduced already today. He does still have swelling in his hands and feet but again, this is to be expected. They talked about bringing Clark awake today but decided to wait until possibly Monday. With all the tubes etc, it is better that he rest peacefully so not to disturb the wires etc he harbors everywhere. Several family members visited Clark today and we all agreed that his color is even better. They did insert a feeding tube thru Clark’s nose and into his stomach so he can start getting nutrition today.

I still have not had a chance to talk with Cate about the actual surgery because she ended up going into emergency surgery yesterday, then we were gone by time she was done. All reports coming from the staff in Surgical ICU are very positive. I was told by the nurse that Clark has the largest incision he has ever seen. This was due to the difficulty they encountered in getting the last vessel attached that we waited so long for on Wednesday night. So far this unique attachment is doing well.

Poke-a-hontas and his group went to Clark’s apartment to tidy it up and get any dirty laundry for Kristin and me to wash. He won’t be going home to his place because he will need constant care for awhile. He will be living at Kristin’s.

Huxley jumped in with Tonto to get home and ready for school. That leaves me alone for the trip back to South Dakota but I just might like that “alone” time. Looks like it will be several days before I can plan to go back home. I won’t leave until Clark is out of the hospital. Team Poke-a-hontas will leave for SD some time tomorrow. My sister Loy drove my car to Utah for me so I’d have my own transportation. Her son Blake got a load of freight to haul to Utah, so Loy and her daughter Mindee hopped in the semi and also headed home to SD this afternoon.

Kristin and I will be sooo excited for the progress reports we will soon begin to send. I can’t wait to see those brown eyes open and for him to begin talking. We will be reporting soon.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update, Clark, you are doing great! Keep it up. Soon it will be your wake up time.

Still praying for Clark, and family and thankful for blessings thus far.

Marilyn said...

The good news keeps coming! Clark you are amazing! Just rest and keep working on that healing.
Rhonda and Kristin - thank you for letting us be a part of this journey with your updates - they mean so much to us and I have been following it every chance I get. I just wish I could do more to help and more than anything wish I could give you all hugs - but we are wrapping you in our arms every day, all day long in prayer, know that we are with you in spirit!
Love Jim and Marilyn Fronk

kelli said...

Thinking and praying for Clark and all of you everyday, several times a day!!! Also fasting, just not several times a day! So happy to hear of his progress.

Sending our love and support across the miles :)

JoLynne said...

We are so glad to hear the good news! We will keep praying that it continues. We did a Happy Liver Dance last night at the Diamond Rio concert for Clark! We are anxious to hear of his waking up.

Many more blessings to you Clark, Rhonda and family!

JoLynne Mack & family, Dick & Lois

Susi said...

Thanks so much for the continued updates. I know that everyone enjoys reading them as much as we do. The Lord is, truly, hearing and answering all of our fervent prayers for this entire family that we hold so dear.

A quick word of caution for that drive home, Rhonda. I'll bet that I had made that trip to Tulsa and back at least 100 times. On my drive home following Adriann's hospitalization, I missed a turn and had driven over 100 miles out of my way before I even realized it. I had no idea how exhausted I was! So, rest up beforehand and watch those signs, my friend!!! We don't need to go rescue you from the Canadian Mounties...but we will if you need us to! lol

KSGirl said...

It's so awesome to hear that Clark continues to do so well! I continue to keep you in my prayers and pray for safe travel for all of the family out on the roads.

Super Clark keep up the good work!


solumca said...

I am so thankful that the transplant is over and now he just has to work on the recovery. Hes a strong guy and I cant wait to talk to him again! Thank you for doing such a wonderful job keeping us all updated, if there is anything we can do.. even from far away.. let us know! God bless all of you!

Ginny said...

So glad to hear the great news! We continue to pray for you and have kept track of your miraculous story. Our best wishes for a fast recovery to you! Please let us know if we can do anything for you when you return Rhonda.

The neighbors down the street,
Greg and Ginny Klein

Anonymous said...

I love you clark.