Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Friday, June 5, 2009

Return to Houston

9:00 AM Packed up and left for Houston. It was Eric's one-month follow-up visit day.

9:15 Stopped at Dino’s Donuts. No trip west on I-10 is complete without donuts from Dino’s for the road.

12:00 PM Arrived at Texas Children’s Clinical Care Center. Went straight to Pulmonary Medicine.

12:05 Sent to radiology for a chest X-ray.

12:10 Sent back to pulmonology without x-ray. No order was written yet.

12:15 Back in pulmonary, but the doctor won’t be there till 1:00. So we went to the food court for lunch.

1:00 Back in pulmonology.

1:30 A nurse came in and typed info into computer.

1:45 Finally saw Dr. Sockrider.

2:00 Went to ENT (ear, nose, throat).

2:30 Saw a resident, who changed Eric’s trach to a size smaller uncuffed tube with a “button.” Which means the trach will be plugged during the day and he’ll breath normally through his mouth or nose, to see how he tolerates normal breathing, and we’ll unplug it at night. This is the first step in getting his trach out altogether. So the plan is to do this for a week, and if he tolerates it, we’ll go see Dr. Thompson here in Lake Charles and he’ll take the trach out in his office. One more week.

3:10 Off to x-ray waiting room again.

3:20 Got x-ray taken.

3:35 Returned to pulmonology to await x-ray report.

4:10 Dr. Sockrider came in and looked at the x-ray with us. It’s better in many ways. Somewhat clearer, less consolidation, better aeration, and the blebs (large air pockets) appear to be significantly smaller in only one month. All good news.

4:45 Left pulmonology and went to physical rehabilitation to visit socially with Becky and Julie (Eric’s OT/PT gals) Julie was in Guatamala, but it was fun to see Becky and her sidekick OT-in-training Jessica.

6:00 Met my sister-in-law Cathy and brother-in-law Steve, and Lacy and Darlene Sellars for dinner. Eric chose to eat at Luby’s. He’d heard us talk about Luby’s when he was in the hospital, but had never eaten there himself and wanted to try it.

7:10 On the road home.

7 comments:

Aunt Lisa said...

Sounds like a very positive day. Excellent work for one month home Eric!! Love you!

Anonymous said...

God is good!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Praise God for good news. i know Eric has been working very hard to get better and God has been with him (and all of us) from the beginning. So praise to God and thanks to all the praying warriors.
... m

Mariah Reed said...

Angie:

Eric is really looking good! So glad to be able to check your blog and Eric's progress. Your entire family is an example of the power of our healing Lord.

Joanie Jordan
Prayer Chain Coordinator for Hiland

Anonymous said...

SO GLAD TO HEAR THE GOOD REPORTS AND HOW MUCH ERIC HAS IMPROVED. SO GLAD THAT WE HAVE HOUSTON SO NEAR BUT GOD IS EVEN NEARER.PRAISE HIM AND WE GIVE HIM THANKS.
JOAN

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news!! U all continue to be in my prayers.

Mindy Blanchard said...

Great news and sounds like a great day...but I'm wondering...did Eric like Lubys???