Ins and Outs, Up and Downs

Farmer Nyel – A Few Summers Ago

I was deep asleep in a real bed at the Providence Guest Inn last night when my cell phone rang.  1:26 the readout said.  The doctor on duty said she thought I should know that Nyel was experiencing some serious, unexplained bleeding…

Fifteen minutes and I was in his room.  They (four of them)were re-wrapping the “wound-site” (read: where his surgery had taken place a week ago), the bleeding had stopped, his vital signs looked good, they were working on pain control, and they were continuing to evaluate.  Nyel said I’d missed the “big show” — said there were a great many people in his room for a while.  He, of course, asked the doctor not to call me.  I’m so grateful she did (and, Nyel said with a big smile, “So am I.”)

Basking Nyel — A Summer or So Ago

“They just gave you a unit of blood earlier today,” I reminded him.  “Guess I didn’t really want it,” was his response.  The tension in the room dissipated somewhat…

Nyel slept for an hour or two.  So did I.  The cardio-mem technician came and got a reading on his heart pressures.  The ultrasound technician brought his portable machine and took a reading. Or a picture or whatever. As we speak ,the wound-specialist team is here looking and evaluating.  A surgeon (the one that did his first surgery in March) will come in when he can (between other surgeries) to weigh in.

For my part — lots of watching, listening, waiting.  Nyel is tired, dozes when he can, and is generally stoic, as always.  We both thank all of our “followers” for their interest and good thoughts and I, especially, apologize for not being in touch with each of you, individually.   Your concern and your messages have been a wonderful solace through all of this.

 

11 Responses to “Ins and Outs, Up and Downs”

  1. Bonnie Gilmore says:

    Oh, Sydney. You must both be beyond worn out. I think of you daily and send lots of healing hugs.

  2. Betty and Jan says:

    We are praying 2X a day for you both! Know you are hugged and loved from afar ????????????????????

  3. Ellen Gerstell says:

    I’m so sorry you both are going through this! So stressful. Warm healing thoughts your way.

  4. Nanci main says:

    I continue to send bushels of love to you both.

  5. Karen Snyder says:

    Sydney, I’ve been following your blog since Nyel ended up back in the hospital. You must be beyond exhausted, both mentally and physically. I just want you to know that Bob joins me in saying you are both in our thoughts and prayers. You are an excellent advocate and caregiver for Nyel, but take care of yourself, too.

  6. Claudette Maxim says:

    You have both been through so much. It even a light at the end of the tunnel. Hang in there Sydney as you have. I know you both love ?? each other so much. That will carry you through all this??

  7. Claudette Maxim says:

    You have both been through so much. It even a light at the end of the tunnel. Hang in there Sydney as you have. I know you both love ?? each other so much. That will carry you through all this??

  8. Rita Smith says:

    Thoughts and blessings are with both on this journey. You are both amazing people!

  9. Anne Kepner says:

    So sorry Sydney and Nyel. Thinking of you and wish we could help. Will be back in PDX tonight if there is anything.

  10. Sharon Downing says:

    Blessings to you both. Sharon and Wayne

  11. Fred H. Hill says:

    Will pray for you and your family

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