Friday, February 25, 2005


As you will see in the following photos, man oh man is Mom a ROK STAR. Being Mom, she decided to opt out of the adjustment phase and go directly to the kicking butt phase. Not that this is something that can continue indefinitely. Spikes and plateaus frame the landscape but having such a spike now should dramatically improve her quality of life in the meantime.

Yesterday when I got in, the first thing I noticed was that Mom's trach was capped off. Yes, I mean capped off. She decided to skip the Passy-Muir and go directly to no help breathing. She did well with that all day-no fatigue, no difficulty breathing, able to continue to cough stuff up. If she can maintain this, it is likely that the trach will be pulled soon. A huge improvement in her comfort level as you can imagine.

Mom did an excellent job feeding herself and ate over half her food at each meal. Again, a big deal. We had discussed beforehand the importance of this to get the nasogastric tube out. Goal-oriented person that she is, Mom took right to the task and really impressed her nurses. Should this persist, it is likely the feeding tube will be out soon.

Regarding physical mobility, Mom was able to stand for about 12 minutes yesterday in her first therapy session. Five minutes the first time and seven the second. She wanted to stop at five the second time but hung in an additional two minutes after I explained why it was important. And, in contrast to the previous day, Mom did a great job with standing up straight-boobs out, yoga tall, pilates core activated. Boo yah. Go Mom! She is also doing a heck of a lot better with transfers from the chair to the bed and vice versa and with dressing herself.

Such a superstar!



Blogger Dave & Nancy Estes Park said...

Hi Jacqui,
Wow you guys are incredible! Know we can't get too excited, but we are.
Knowing that she ate at least 1/2 of each meal is a real feat, remembering all the hospital food Dave and I never ate, not exactly haute cuisine. But Pam, keep at it, and get that NG tube out - know how uncomfortable those are. Jacqui, glad you had time for a massage, need to do that more. Sorry about your headaches, Dave and I were wondering how you were holding up. Miss you. Hope all continues to progress well. Our thoughts are with you all.
Hugs to everybody,
Dave and Nancy

8:12 AM  
Blogger Carissa said...

It does my heart good to be able to see our "Pam" in all of those pictures. Especially when she is perusing the meal menu. I have seen that "contemplating" look many, many times!!

Please know that I think and pray for all of you everyday. This is truly a miracle in progress!!

Much love to all


9:04 AM  
Blogger Mike Rick said...

Wow, it is great to see Pam improving. The photos are so encouraging. Thank you so much for all you updates.
Michael Rickelton

1:29 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

I gotta the ROKSTAR listening to music when she's not getting poked and prodded by the staff at Stallworth? If so, what is coming out of the speakers these days?

What great news today! It looks like Pam has her eyes on the prize....

3:23 PM  
Blogger charlotte said...

it is so wonderful to see mrs. schneller up and about!!! tonight is "carmina"!!! we'll be thinking of her!!

3:44 PM  
Blogger Kel said...

Dear Jacqui...

For your courage to deal with all the unknowns, your devotion to your Mum during the stages of her recovery and for the promises you have made and consistently kept, we are in awe... and we love you.


4:41 PM  
Blogger Lanena Moore said...

Way to go Pam! I know you can do it. Thank you Jacqui for keeping us up on Pam's improvements. I don't know how you do it all. I miss you at VCC, Pam. Tom, Wes, and I pray for you everyday.
Much love to you,

10:09 PM  

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