Wow! She is doing great!

21 Jul

9:30 pm

Hi all,

Sorry I didn’t write so soon. It is hard as I do have to do a bit of care for Molly all day long. Today, Jaclyn, the P.A. (Physician’s assistant for Dr. Hey) came in to see how she was doing. She is really nice and pretty.


Molly and Jaclyn

She explained a lot about her surgery and we looked at her pictures and she told us what was going on in them.

Then Lisa, her physical therapist came in and she walked twice today. The 2nd time Molly walked down to the temporary Homeward bound gym. I say temporary because they are building a newer one. I forgot to take photos of Molly in there (I was videotaping instead). Molly learned how to go up and down stairs and how to get in and out of a car. They had a car set up there and she could practice that difficult entry and exit.

Today, Molly got her last iv port removed. She felt a lot better today and stayed awake most of the day!!! She has read a little of her Twilight Series book, Eclipse…and she watched the rest of The Pacifier from last night. We watched that last night as a family and she fell asleep so she wanted to see the ending.

Later in the day, there was some reason they needed to move all the people on the 3rd floor up to the 5th floor. So, now she is in a nice but smaller room up here.


Here is Molly and her dad in her new room.

Better view but at least we are all packed up for tomorrow because Molly gets discharged tomorrow!!! She is excited. We will go over to Dr. Hey’s office which is right here in the hospital to get measured officially and to get more xrays before we leave. Dr. Hey phoned us today to see how she was doing. He, ironically, had a sore back so he was laying low today.

Ron took the boys to another movie today. Lucky boys. They went to see Wall-E and loved it. All of them. I took the boys to Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D yesterday. We went to this nice area just a couple miles away called North Hills Shopping Center. It is wild and nice. It was bustling and like a mixture of Beverly Hills, a Walt Disney World Main Street feel, and a really nice mall but all outside. I can’t explain or give it justice but it was cool. And the movie was fun and we enjoyed it.

Molly actually requested to put on real clothes today, which is a challenge since she isn’t allowed to bend at all or twist in any fashion but I helped her and she is very comfy now. She is going to learn to take a shower tonight too.


Molly giving all her classmates at home a big thumbs up!


And here she is waving to all her family and friends!


And chatting on the phone with Sydney!

So, I can only say that our experience here at Duke Raleigh has been very top notch. The care and attention has been so special. One of Molly’s favorite nurses was Mary Ellen.


This is Molly and Mary Ellen, in the middle of the night, about 2 am last night!

She was Molly’s night nurse from 7pm to 7am for all of our nights here. And she is so funny and nice! She is originally from Michigan (30 years ago) but now has the bonafide Southern drawl. We stick out like a sore thumb here with our nasally Midwestern accents. We are going to miss Mary Ellen tonight as she is off now. Boo hoo.

We have had awesome care from Terry, Molly’s day nurse too!!! We will miss these fine ladies.

Tomorrow we plan on starting on our journey home and will let Molly dictate how far we go as far as her comfort level. We also have to stop every hour or so to let her walk and get out. She is not supposed to sit upright for more than an hour. She can be reclined though.

Now tomorrow we will put some graphic surgery photos from her surgery that Dr. Hey took for Molly. Look or don’t look…it’s up to you.

Bye for now!

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9 Responses to “Wow! She is doing great!”

  1. The Carusos July 21, 2008 at 2:28 am #

    Way to go Molly! You look great in the latest pictures!
    I can’t believe you’re being discharged tomorrow-what a healer!
    We can’t wait to see you and your family.
    love,
    the Carusos

  2. Uncle Dan and Aunt Amy July 21, 2008 at 2:39 am #

    Hi Molly!! We just got back home from our vacation today and we’re all caught up on your blog! Wow! What a brave young woman you are! We are glad that everything went well with the surgery. We’ve been getting updates from your dad and grandma everyday but we’re also glad to see on the blog that you are looking and sounding like you are feeling much better today.

    I know it’s been a tough journey but we’re really proud of how you are handling all of this. It will only get better from here.

    We’ll be thinking of you as you travel home tomorrow and continue your recovery. Soon, you’ll be in your own bed… home, sweet, home! Good luck on this last leg home. You’re in our thoughts!

    Love,
    Uncle Dan and Aunt Amy

  3. Mrs. Stone July 21, 2008 at 12:43 pm #

    Good Morning Molly! You might be on your way home already. That’s awesome! You have done a fantastic job of getting through this little speed bump in your life. (Actually, make that a big speed bump.)
    Thanks again for being such a great inspiration to me. I thought of you yesterday during my first triathlon and you helped me get through it!
    The kids and I are leaving to go up north today and we won’t be able to check on you again until we return on Friday, so I hope your journey home goes well and we’ll catch up with you when we get back. Stay safe!
    Love, Mrs. Stone and family

  4. Sabrina July 21, 2008 at 1:23 pm #

    Molly I am so glad you’re coming home. I can’t wait to see you!!!!! See you soon.
    Love,
    Sabrina

  5. Wren Marie July 21, 2008 at 1:45 pm #

    hey molly! it sounds like you are doing a lot better. I love the shirt you are wearing in those pictures! Have fun and see you soon!

    *****Wren-Marie*****

  6. Anne Wickham July 21, 2008 at 2:24 pm #

    Hi Molly,
    Wow you look great. How amazing that you are already heading home! The before and after pictures are just amazing. You obviously have a very strong will to have come this far this quickly! Take it slowly though on the way home!

    Love,
    Mrs. Wickham

  7. Julie Hepner July 21, 2008 at 4:24 pm #

    Congratulations, Molly! I can’t believe you’re heading home so soon (but I’m sure it seems like a very long time since you’ve been home in your own comfy bed, doesn’t it?) You look great in the photos…keep up the good work!

    Mrs. Hepner

  8. Debra Singer July 21, 2008 at 11:11 pm #

    Molly,
    I have been keeping up with your journey and I’m very proud of you! My daughter is at St. A’s. She had Mrs. Lamp this year, Brianna Singer. You may know her. I’ve had several surgeries myself, one ankle surgery that was like a train wreck and I just had a Rotator Cuff surgery, June 20th. The therapy can be pretty gruelling sometimes trying to get my shoulder moving again because they had to cut off part of my collar bone and bolt a tendant to another bone etc. It was frozen in one place for a year. When I have bad days I log onto your blog and you put a smile on my face and the next thing I know, my pain is gone. You are an inspiration to me and a whole lot of other people Molly
    Debra Singer!

  9. Sydney July 22, 2008 at 1:11 pm #

    Molly,
    I am so glad that you are coming home!! I miss you so much!! It will be great to have you guys back home!!
    Luv ya lots,
    ~Syd~

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