Neal Freeland

Engineering/marketing manager, family guy. My personal blog with a few work thoughts mixed in.

Progress report

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Amelia is doing well. We transferred yesterday from the intensive care unit to a step down area (an open cluster of 6 loud beds near the nurses’ station), and just moved tonight into a more private recovery room. Over the last two days the nurses have removed five intravenous lines, two external pacemaker wires, one big toe oxygen sensor, and the nasal oxygen supply tube. She is down to just her heart rate monitor wires, and has shifted from 12 medicines feed via infusion machines to just three taken orally. She has fought back strongly against a pretty virulent bacterial infection, mastered her recovery pain, cleared her gut (I changed 11 diapers today), and found a whole bunch of reasons to keep me up with her tonight (it’s almost midnight here even though the blog time stamp is 3 hours earlier). In other words, life is awesome!
It looks like we are going to be discharged Monday. We’ll need to stay in the area for a few days just make sure things are ok, but will hopefully (knock on wood) be home in Seattle by the end of October.

Written by nealfreeland

October 21, 2005 at 8:44 pm

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  1. This is incredible news! I am so excited to hear about the awesome progress she\’s making. Amelia is an inspiration to all of us!! Take care,Stef Schlecht


    October 21, 2005 at 9:06 pm

  2. We have been on pins and needles the whole time. Audrey, Robin and I were in Yosemite for a couple days with friends and the first thing we did when we got home and fired up the computer last night was to check the blog.We have, unfortunately, been hit by a veritable storm of bad news recently (we\’re fine, the bad news is external) so the continued reports of Amelia\’s successful progress have been a bright point to which we\’ve looked forward and every two-day gap in blog posts has given us a fright. We\’re so happy that things are progressing relatively well.We\’ve been sending positive thoughts and wish Amelia a speedy recovery and quick return home.-Steve & Robin


    October 23, 2005 at 11:35 am

  3. I am so thankful that you sent this update on your family. I went to your webspace…what a work of art! I am sitting here in our small base house in Japan, eyes full of tears, knowing that God has something wonderful in store for Amelia. I will be praying for you all! This has really touched my heart…Chris PS…your little boy is a perfect blend of you and your wife! So handsome and full of joy!!


    October 23, 2005 at 11:36 am

  4. CONGRATULATIONS on successful surgery!!! What wonderful news. She looks like she is ready to go home. I\’m sure it will be a relief for you like it was for us to be through the surgery and start getting on with watching her grow. Maisee was about 3 months also, and now at nearly 2 you can barely see the scar. (The main scar at least, those "purse string" stitches they used for the chest tubes are a little more puckered so more visible.) Believe me, getting to worrying that she won\’t mind the scar was a nice feeling, as it meant we would have Maisee around with us.Aaron (KA \’92)


    October 23, 2005 at 11:37 am

  5. I am very glad to hear that Amelia is doing well. She is adorable. I have two daughters of my own – there is nothing better than daughters. Here\’s to a speedy recovery,Mark (aka Tri-flow 1987)


    October 23, 2005 at 11:37 am

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