Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Good morning,

Sunday was a long day. Sitting at the hospital waiting to get released seemed to take forever. So when we finally got out of the hospital around 2:30 it was so nice to get back home.

Amy loves having a bed downstairs so she does not "have" to go up the steps if she does not want to. The nurses, supervisors and even the delivery guys from Duke Hospice have all been extremely nice and caring. Amy is now hooked to a small pump (it is in a "fanny pack ") that delivers a constant dose of pain medication to her every hour, plus she can push a button and it delivers a "extra" dose if needed. This is really helping and she can give herself more if she is getting ready to eat, which helps with the mouth/throat pain.

Yesterday we were lazy. We watched TV and played games on the computer. We have become hooked on a website called Sporcle - it has hundreds of trivia quizzes in categories from literature, TV, movies, sports, etc... be warned if you try it, it can be addicting :) We had a good day and Amy is feeling pretty good. We have been going back and watching some of Amy's favorite movies as a child... "Return to Oz" (with a talking chicken, flying moose couch, some guy with a pumpkin head..I find rather disturbing :), Babes in Toyland, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, ... and Christmas movies are on the agenda. I told Amy I might go buy canvases and we might even try our hand at painting (Michael is opting out of this one ).

We cannot say it enough..thank you. We are still amazed at the care, love and support being shown to Amy. It means more than we can express in words.
love to all


  1. Continued prayers and love for you all.
    God Bless,
    Kristen & Matt Garten

  2. It's so good to read this encouraging blog. I am always amazed at the good spirits you all stay in, shows that God is working in you. Just enjoy "sporcle", I would not even attempt it. Enjoy this beautiful weather, even if it is out of the windows. Love you all so much..Grandma

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Tiffany & Mike Sanders

  4. Oh I know about Sporcle.... That is Josh's favorite and yes it is addicting LOL I can only help on rare occasions :)

    Enjoy those movies! We love you and send LOVE, HUGS, and PRAYERS... always!
    Love you!


  6. Sounds like you guys are just "hanging-out?" No one deserves it more than Amy! Enjoy every minute of it, and keep feeling good!
    Our love and prayers,
    David & Candy

  7. Hi folks-

    So glad hospice folks are good and it sounds like you all are relaxing and that you are comfortable Amy-I was so happy to hear you were eating some pieces of meat!!

    I would love to see any paintings-Kathy will paint a clown I think- We will have to take a look at Sporcle when we have some down time-you guys sure find some neat stuff

    Love to all!


  8. i agree with mary beth, kathy should paint a clown, while getting a pedicure!! Her two favorite things. hope today is a good one, enjoy some of your favorite movies. hope you were able toget more banana popsicles. maybe you can paint a wahoo victory, that would be so
    nice. we love you, genie and eddie

  9. Kathy, Amy, & Michael,
    I hope that, now, you all can just enjoy your time together -- and have fun!

    Much love,

  10. John and Tiffany ReynoldsOctober 21, 2010 at 9:39 PM

    Just wanted you all to know that we are praying for you and your family :)
    John and Tiffany Reynolds
    Payton, Rylee, and Richard Reynolds :) :) :)

  11. Hi Amy - Your mom just emailed me and clued me in to your blog. (I'm always the last to know...) I wish I'd been following it more regularly but I know that least I'll be able to keep up with how you're doing now that you've left the clinic.

    You've touched many lives, and your impact will last. We miss you already!

    All the best from the staff at Duke...

  12. Enjoy those old movies! I think they are better than most of what is produced today anyway. Know that we love you all and pray for you daily. Sending "virtual" hugs. :)

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