Thursday, July 23, 2009
Shout Out to My Sister...
I just wanted to give you all a quick update on my sister, and let you know that my niece has set up a website in which you can pop over and send her a message. (Click here.)
Teri has good days and bad. She's barfing up her guts one day, then feeling great and high-spirited the next. Eating is difficult for her, and she's in a Catch-22 situation in which she only feels good if she doesn't eat. Some solution, huh? She finally gets so hungry she can't stand it, eats some dinner, then vomits all day the next day.
She has a tube coming out of her stomach to try to avert the constant vomiting, but it doesn't work as well as you'd think....it's a little difficult to put barfing on hold while you get that thing set up. She hates it.
I phoned her last night at 6:30, to discover I'd just woke her up from the night before. Docs had given her a sleeping pill that they said would give her a good nights' sleep, but leave her coherent and functional the next day. Apparently not so, she slept almost 24 hours, asking me, when I called, "what time is it?" Gah! Perhaps the pill mixed with morphine had a knock-out effect on her. Hope she's at least rested today, as a result...and not exhausted because she couldn't sleep after so much sleep.
So, there are rough days. But she calls me also, and tells me to be sure and get butterfly bushes when we start setting up the country garden, because it draws the hummingbirds I am hoping for.
We talk about cooking and solutions on how to fix some of the foods she misses in a manner that will be digestible for her. She's craving sushi...but can't digest nori. We can skip the nori, and form sticky rice into a cup, can't we? And add crab and avocado? Sort of a sushi tart? We're going to try it!
I sent her periodic photos of bizarre findings while cleaning out Mom's house. "Check this out; a jar of hair from Duchess (Mom's former poodle)." She TXT'd me back "you can have that." We are amicable: we agreed to put it in the safe deposit box, and let our kids split it someday down the road.
Anyway, Click here to go to her Caring Bridge Website. www.caringbridge.com/visit/teripittman
Go on over and tell her hi; a girl gets bored at home all day long, and she'd love to hear from you.
You don't have to KNOW her to send her a smile, just g'head and do it, kay? You can tell her I sent you.