Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Update and Looking Ahead

For those who have been praying for Ruth, my "shoe fairy" - here are the last two days' updates from her husband:

The Dr. told us he figured that the surgery would take about 3 hrs. Ruth went in at 10am and she got back to recovery at 2:30, so she was in about 4 and one-half hrs. The doctor said the surgery went as well as he expected with no complications, for which we are very thankful. He was able to place the 2 leads on the nerves exactly where he wanted them. He said that there are two parts of the nerve. One controls motion and the other controls the feeling. In hooking up the stimulator and putting the power to the leads, he can get the motion going down the leg to the foot, but Ruth is not getting much of the tingling sensation on the feeling side. He said he was somewhat puzzled. He is going to check it all again tomorrow. He said that there might be some fluid build-up that needs to dissipate. The request for prayer would be that she can get that tingling feeling going in the nerve that will block the pain. Thanks for everyone’s prayers. We really appreciate them so much.

Ruth had a very good nights sleep last night. She has never been nauseated or had much pain from the surgery. She ate a good meal last night, this morning and a little lunch today. She has been able to control her surgical pain with a PCA pump. Her pain level has been a 1 or 2 on a scale of 10 since surgery. The spinal control stimulator (SCS) was turned on and programmed with 8 different programs this morning. She has been testing all 8 programs throughout the day to find the ones she likes and are effective. Although she is still is not feeling very much tingling, the doctor feels she is getting help, which could continue to get better in the next few days.

There is a slim possibility she could get out of the hospital this evening, but more likely tomorrow. We are both rejoicing and praising the Lord on how well she is doing. We feel that God is continuing to answer prayer. Thank you for your continued prayers.

Looking Ahead:

I just finished reading the book, Setting Boundaries With Your Adult Children, by Allison Bottke.

I wish I would have had this book when I was dealing with my prodigal. Allison has hit the nail on the head regarding what she calls the "national epidemic" of enabling our adult children.

I will be hosting one of several interviews with Allison right here on Friday. Please come back and see what she has to say about this very important topic and about her latest book.


Sue "Sioux" Seibert said...

Blessings on Ruth. Praise for that book. Absolutely this is an age of enabling adult children. We learned a long while ago, regarding money and adult children, that we helped with "goods and services" but never with cash that can go to cigarettes, etc. and to to actually help. We've taken care of the grandchildren, bought food, etc. but we don't ever hand out money. We are there when they need to talk, but we tell it like we see it and don't encourage them in pity parties! We endeavor to always, even..especially when they were young, but still to show a solid of support, but one where we agree with each other. Thanks for sharing the book with me.

Susie said...

What uplifting news on Ruth. My prayer is that she will continue to improve. I'll be interested to read your interview with Allison.

Barb said...

Great news about Ruth, Dawn. I'm glad she's doing so well. Surgery, of any kind, is so difficult.

And I'm looking forward tp the interview - this looks like a great book.

Needled Mom said...

My prayers continue for Ruth. I hope these issues will resolve shortly and she will remain comfortable.

I'm looking forward to reading about your interview.

Maine Mom said...

I'm glad the surgery went well for Ruth. I hope that the tingling improves and she recovers quickly.

I look forward to the interview on Friday!

Mike Golch said...

I'm glad the surgery went well,hers to a speedy recovery.

Linda said...

Praise and gratitude that the surgery went so well. Isn't it amazing what they can do? Wonderful.
I'll be praying that her recovery continues without complication Dawn and that she gets that tingling feeling.
Sounds like a really good book. I'll be interested to read the interview.
Have a good week Dawn.

Simply Heart And Home said...


I'm so glad that Ruth is doing better. Bless her heart. I pray she continues to heal and gain strength.

Nancy said...

My prayers for Ruth continue. Thanks for the update.

This sounds like a great book. I look forward to the interview and learning more.

Mary said...
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Mary said...


I will be praying for Ruth. I do hope she gets the tingling that is required.

Allison is a very talented lady. I will be checking back.

I hope all is well in your part of the world. How are the girlies?


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PEA said...

Such great news about Ruth's surgery having gone well...I do remember the post you had made about the shoes she gave you:-) My prayers are with her!! Sometimes it takes a few days after surgery to see if it was successful or not.

I'm so loving all your Spring flower pictures...I was shocked today when I noticed I had some blooming as well! Of course I took pictures of them as well! lol I've so been looking forward to Spring arriving over here:-) xox

Chris said...

Hope all is well for Ruth's recovery.
I am reading Allison's book now. It is an eye opener. I remember going trough the recovery program with my mom, and it was a real eye opener for me to realize how we enabled her behavior. I think I just looked at it a little differently with my child then with my parent. I feel caught in the middle sometimes. I look forward to Fridays interview.