Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Miracle amongst the Muck!

Devree has had a bad evening, night and morning. She started out with a bad fall last night. The nurse and the assistant nurse tried to help her on the comode and she fell between the bed and the comode and she scraped her nose and hurt her lip and jammed her thumb so that she will loose the nail. The doctor had to check her all out and she was in a lot of pain. When she cried, she actually had about 4 tears from her right eye. It had created a couple tears throughout the day and I was amazed. But when she really had a cry it did make a few tears! She was in a lot of pain with her thumb and face and I asked her if we could say another prayer for her and she said yes. I said a prayer and she was able to rest and even endure the next part of the night that was probably worse.

Around 1am they decided she wasn't urinating enough and she had to get a catheter. The nurse tried 2 times and was unsuccessful. Then they called in the big gun nurses and after another hard 1/2 hour they finally got the catheter in. So Devree was in enough pain and asked why they didn't put her under for that procedure. I think she would have liked to be saved the embarrassment. Then at 7 am she got herself on the comode and she urinated. I told the nurse and the assistant nurse to be really careful because of her falling last night and not more than a few minutes and Devree falls again and scrapes up her right side because the assistant nurse had gotten her up to weigh her! Now they took out the catheter because she is urinating with it in and you are not supposed to be able to do that! Now the nurse from B clinic that doesn't ever know how to say Devree's name, (we call her tatoo wrist) asked me if I think Devree is getting worse at being able to stand and walk. I told her "Absolutely". She asked if I thought it was the chemo and I said "Yes". I just want this course to be done and not have these harsh chemicals in Devree anymore. Last night I wished again that I could be Devree and give her a reprieve from all of this for a little while. Tomorrow cannot come soon enough. Tomorrow is the day of rest, which means "No Mo CHEMO!". She will get her stem cells on Thursday and get to go back to the Target House.

Our prayers are working inspite of all of the horrible side affects. Having her eye making tears is wonderful to behold. I will be happy for that.


Barry and Jeanni said...

After reading this post I am sure their are many of us who would like to endure the pain for Devree! What a special spirit she has!!! I read the following quote yesterday and thought of you!

"Mortality is a period of testing, a time to prove ourselves worthy to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. In order to be tested, we must sometimes face challenges and difficulties. At times there appears to be no light at the tunnel's end—no dawn to break the night's darkness. We feel surrounded by the pain of broken hearts, the disappointment of shattered dreams, and the despair of vanished hopes. We join in uttering the biblical plea 'Is there no balm in Gilead?' (Jeremiah 8:22). We are inclined to view our own personal misfortunes through the distorted prism of pessimism. We feel abandoned, heartbroken, alone. If you find yourself in such a situation, I plead with you to turn to our Heavenly Father in faith. He will lift you and guide you. He will not always take your afflictions from you, but He will comfort and lead you with love through whatever storm you face."
Thomas S. Monson, "Looking Back and Moving Forward," Ensign, May 2008, 90

Devree- you have definitly proven yourself and are a great example to those of us who are lucky to know you! Know that your Heavenly Father will carry you through this storm.

walkinourshoes said...

Dear Aunt Shana and Devree,

We are so sorry that you fell and got hurt. And, we are sad that you had to have a dramatic, and tramatic, night. We are happy about your eye, though. We love you so much.

love, Aunt Danawn, Uncle Monte, Craig, Koe, and Kylee

lusum54 said...

How helpless you must feel. Catheters are no picnic even under totally better circumstaces. When I went in for my scheduled C-section for Tripp I was labouring pretty heavy and had to get a catheter as part of my surgery prep. Well, HOLY CRAP! I know that I have had many in the past but I must have already had my epidural before they tried because I WOULD have remembered that! OUCH!!!! I sorry that you had to endure yet another trial Devree. I't almost over though. Hang in there. We are all sending our LOVE.
Summer and Boys

Johnson Family said...

Just when you think you are as humbled as you can be...the Lord stretches you and you are getting stronger and stronger!

Well, our prayers and faith will get stronger and stronger and you are going to make it through this last part!

Hang in there Devree, you're almost done. Then everyday will be an improvement in health and strength and you will know your fight has been worth it.

You rock.

Lisa Wilcox said...

Devree, I am so sorry that you are going through this. My heart aches for you and I plead with Heavenly Father every day to relieve your pain and make you whole again. I am so glad that this is it for the chemo. I hope you get to go back home really soon. Shana I also pray for you every day as well. You must be so emotionally drained by now. I wish there was something more that we could do, but I hope knowing that you are always in our thoughts and prayers will help just a small bit.
All my love