Monday, December 11, 2006

"The Race is On!"

Dad reports that today was a good day for Mom. The doctors have done CT scans of her lungs to make sure that there are no blood clots there, and the scans came back looking good. They also say that the clot in her leg is dissolving, and the physical therapists should be able to resume their work in moving Mom around a lot by tomorrow. This morning they put a cap over the trach tube, so all day Mom has been breathing regular air completely on her own! She's been doing very well with that.

Dad took an audio recording of a Jeeves and Wooster book to the hospital with him today, and he and Mom listened to it. Mom seemed to really enjoy listening to it, and she laughed at all the funny parts. Dad talked to Mom about some of his goals and timeframes for things at work. He related those timeframes to his hopes for Mom's timely recovery process, and Mom replied, "The race is on!"


At 10:24 PM, Anonymous John said...

Actually, I told Sandy that she and I would be working on her recovery, and we would let everybody at Autometrix try to ship a finished model G (our next model,with scanner) before she walked through the door. Sandy immediately replied "The race is on"!

At 12:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking forward to seeing you again soon my dear friend!

:) Heather

At 8:56 AM, Anonymous The Echols said...

Hi John, Sandy, Emily, Sarah, Johnathan and Christopher. This is the Echols. We want you to know that we are praying for Sandy and all of you everyday. Our great God can do all things! Praise Him for Sandy's recent improvements.
In Him,
The Echols
Mark, Rita and Katie

At 10:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much Sarah for keeping us all up to date on what is happening.It helps to know what we can be praying for and we are so encouraged and thankful for each positive report. John, our thoughts are with you as you daily walk through this valley together with Sandy and we are continually lifting you all up in prayer.Even miles away tucked into Sandys' room you are BOTH such an example of love, hope and determination, not that I would have expected anything less from you guys. It's wonderful how the Sandy we all know and love is shining forth even in the midst of all the other stuff. YOU GO GIRL!! The audio book was a great idea! Let us know of specific books you would both enjoy and we would love to contribute to the cause and send some up. We all send our love and will continue to pray deligently for a full recovery. Hugs to Sandy Nanci Spurgin

At 11:52 AM, Anonymous Kim said...

Wow! The progress you are making is phenomenal, Sandy! I give thanks to the Lord, and I'm cheering for the pride you can take in the hardest work you've probably ever done.

Once again, God's hand has protected you in this blood clot episode. He is WITH you, Sandy, and how fitting that this Christmas season is about celebrating "Immanuel!"


Kim Thompson

At 2:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

tuesday, dec. 12 8-9:40ish... a.m. at roseville sutter medical center

dear john, emily & gabe, sarah, jonathan and christopher,

spent almost 1.5 hours with your mom this morning and she looks beautiful. her color was good, she talked much and it was really good to just sit and share mom stuff. you know the nitty gritty stuff that mom's of four between 16-26 share together!!! it was refreshing, fun and delightful for both of us. she smiled, nodded, spoke and her eyes sparkled. with wedding... with baby on way... with 2 year old... with homeschooling.... christopher.... jonathan....
emily.... jonathan.... john.... sarah...... john, good thing it was not on the road because the traffic would have been backed up for way too long!!!!

she squeezed my hand and was coughing much at first because the respratory therapist was concluding when i came in. we encouraged the cough, smiled and laughed much. she shared lots of great crazy memories including the baseball game that christopher wanted to be the ball! (just kidding) but that was a nasty head split as your mom recalled...

she very lovingly said that if it was not for all of you and her faith with all the prayers she would not be here. she said that the care here is incrediable and everyone is very wonderful.

laura and lorelly came in also for the last 20 minutes and your mom smiled and enjoyed them with some conversation and hand squeezes.

she loved her lollypop water sticks and the nurse brought her in a nice supply!
i asked her if i was wearing her out and she said no, please stay. when we left
she was smiling and had answered earlier if she would like us to visit more said yes, please.

iris the physical therapist that your mom said was new for her was darling and
really seemed to engage your mom the few moments she was in talking to her
prior to her 1:30ish session today.

take care my dear neighbors,
know we are here with thoughts, prayers, meditations and willingness to help whereever we can.


At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was lying awake last night wondering whether you(Sandy) might like some audio books or whether you might like to listen to something on Librivox or Project Gutenberg. If the hospital has DSL one would only need a laptop...also, library fines don't apply in this type of situation.
I've been listening to The Light Princess by George McDonald on Librivox - (free) & a pleasure.
your friend,

At 7:40 PM, Anonymous Vicki Snyder said...

So many times during the day we think of you. Everyday you are in our prayers ... for Sandy's recovery and the continued strength of John and their family.
Pete & Vicki Snyder
Ruth Fletcher

At 8:41 PM, Anonymous Ross & Maiya said...

Thank you, Palmer Family, for keeping all your friends and neighbors informed of Sandy's progress.
We check the blog daily, as you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Love, Ross and Maiya Gralia

At 9:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Palmer Family,

So happy to hear of your progress, Sandy. I can tell you that we in Grass Valley are praying, and also Heather in Chicago, Il, and Valerie and her husband, Andrew, in Arlington, TX. I know their respective churches are also praying.
Sarah, congrats on your wedding. When is the date? Please know that the choir of Calvary Bible Church and others here are keeping you in prayer.

Alan, Carrie, Matthew, Rachael, Anthony, and Melanie Cummins

At 11:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Palmer Family-
As you know Sandy is such a blessing to so many. She is an example of a Godly woman.Even while recovering in a hospital, she is touching so many lives. My family and friends(from the Bay Area) are all praying for her and will call regularly and ask how she is doing.It is so good to read the updates on Sandy. Thank you for keeping us informed. We love and miss Sandy and will continue to pray for her and all of you.

At 5:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wanted to share my "lollipop" story.

Incidentally, lollipops are sticks, similar to a coffee stirrer, with a 1/2 to 3/4 inch green sponge on the end of the stick. We dip them into ice water, squeeze out the excess moisture, and then run them inside Sandra's mouth -- over her teeth and gums, to refresh her mouth.

When I was up there last weekend, I ran the lollipop inside her mouth; she grabbed on to it with her teeth and sucked for all she was worth -- she's really looking forward to the day when she can have a glass of water!

Anyway, once I got it out of her mouth, she looked at me and said she'd like the next one dipped into iced coffee, please. I looked at her and said that the hospital might frown on that. She grinned back at me and said her husband would do it for her -- that John would do anything for her! I looked across the room at John, told him what Sandra had said, and he threw back his head and laughed!

Once Sandra's trach was capped on Monday, she and I had some long conversations and I wanted to share with you one thing she said. We were talking about all her friends, their comments on the blog, cards that had been sent, and she said, "I have some FABULOUS friends!" After having met many of you, she is so right!

I look forward to returning on Friday to spend the next month with Sandra and John, helping with weddings, physical therapy, whatever I can do!

I love you Sandra! See you Friday!

(Sandra's oldest sister)

PS -- in case you are wondering about my calling her Sandra, our parents never shortened our names -- so to us, she is Sandra.


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