Saturday, April 9, 2005

Baltimore

Evening everyone.  Finally I get around to writing an entry.  I was tired after the trip with Valerie to Johns Hopkins Hospital, and then after that making wedding plans. 

First let me say that Valerie is alright.  The hospital stay was somewhat of an ordeal (as all hospital stays are!) but the procedure of actually putting the needle into her head, she said, was not painful at all.  Unfortunately the needle slipped out during the first night and she had to stay a whole nother night and day for them to get a proper reading.  They had to insert a longer needle the second time.  So there were two procedures.  Both of them were done in her room.  They let me stay for them.  I had to wear a nose/mouth mask and cover my head.  I was glad i was there for Val and I squeezed her leg so she could have something to push against when they inserted.  But she said it was just fine.  She is such a trooper and is my hero!

I guess the worse part of the stay there for both of us was our comfort levels, lol.  Val was flat on her back and couldn't move!  Once they put the needle in and taped her up she could not move up or day or any which way actually.  If she needed to use the restroom the nurses would have to unhook her and recalibrate the machine.  She was truly nailed to that bed.

My problem was I never got the cot they promised me when they said I could sleep in the room with her.  There just wasn't enough room to put it in the room with all the machines they needed.  So during my stay in Baltimore I slept in four different chairs, two times in different lobbies!

I don't mind though, I was glad to be there for Val.

So what did the results of her needle monitoring mean?  I will have to tell you that in a later journal entry, John just came over with Chinese food!

Love always, Krissy

12 comments:

  1. It's wonderful to have you back Krissy. You are a very special sister to Val and I'm sure she knows it. Take care my friend. Lots of hugs.
    Sylvia x

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  2. please pass on love and huggles to Val for me...she's my hero too!!  

    I bet she's so glad you stayed with her....you're such a fab sister!

    Best wishes and love, Amy x

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  3. Enjoy your chinese, and the wedding planning.  I truly miss hearing what is going on with you in your entries!!!
    Thanks for providing some info on VAL.....not sure if she is able to journal yet, but please tell her that Sonya is praying for her and thinking of her.  I hate you had to sleep in chairs.  This is so hard to do!!!
    Sonya

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  4. Glad you are back, safe and sound. Bet it feels great to be home, and sleeping in your own bed. Happy to hear the Valerie is doing okay. Hope you enjoy your Chinese food, and your evening with John.   ~Deborah

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  5. You are a good sister. :-)

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  6. jules196420014/10/2005 12:28 AM

    I think it is wonderful how close you and Val are, your brilliant sisters supporting each other like you do........Jules xxxxxxx
    http://journals.aol.co.uk/jules19642001/Itsmylife/

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  7. photographybymon4/10/2005 4:27 AM

    ((((((Krissy)))))  You are such a wonderful sister and I'm sure Val truly appreciates all your support. I'm keeping you both in my continued prayers.

    Monica
    http://journals.aol.com/photographybymon/Mamarazzi/
    http://journals.aol.com/sonensmilinmon/SmilinMonsAdventures/

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  8. dbaumgartner4/10/2005 7:25 AM

    Val is so lucky to have you and I am so glad you were able to be there with her.  Thank goodness everyone is doing OK.  

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  9. Hey honey bunny, you posted before I did.  I have just been so exhausted.  It is Sunday morning.  I think I must make a post this morning.  So, you have been my HERO!! Really, love, but you know that!!  It was great seeing you and John yesterday!  I love you!!!  xox

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  10. Val came thru it fine and she knows how lucky she is to have a sister like YOU.

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  11. firestormkids044/10/2005 10:04 PM

    So glad the two of you are home safely!  We've had you in our prayers.  You're a wonderful sister, Krissy.  Thank you for all you do.  Penny

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  12. quartrlyfecrysis4/11/2005 8:31 AM

    Very glad that the two of you had a safe trip and the procedure went well!  Those chairs can be horrible on the back and neck...you 2 are both quite the troopers :)
    Glad you're back!
    xoxo~Bernadette

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