Sunday, July 30, 2006

Looking Better

Jack is looking much better today. He's still sleeping most of the time, but does open his eyes when someone walks in the room. He's also found his voice again and is humming songs for everyone who is messing with him. He wants us all to know that he knows what's going on, so we'd better be nice! He did have to get a unit of blood today because his hemoglobin was low. He's now got a little more color in those puffy cheeks of his. Still no smiles.

The orthopedic resident told me that we aren't going anywhere and that they have to go through her before he gets moved to the floor. She appears to be a force to be reckoned with -- and a good person to have on your side. There are a lot of empty PICU beds today, so there really is no need to rush us out. The PICU docs have not been adamant that Jack move to the floor, they just keep mentioning it. I'm sure from their perspective, they see getting out of the PICU as a good thing. Not too many people beg to stay in the PICU.

I was reading the latest edition of Reader's Digest this morning and read an article about ways to make your brain better, faster and smarter. Just a little bit of interesting trivia:

The bad news:

In no uncertain terms, traumatic stress is bad for your brain cells. The hippocampus, which is the primary locus of memory formation can be seriously debilitated by chronic stress.

The good news:

Humor stimulates the parts of our brain that use the "feel good" chemical messenger dopamine and may make us smarter.

So, here's a little humor that made me laugh (and maybe even a little bit smarter):

The following real student answers reveal why faculty members require long summer vacations:

Q: Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
A: At the bottom.

Q: In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, what warning was given to Caesar about March 15?
A: The toothslayer said, "Beware the March of Dimes".

Q: Who are the Aborigines?
A: They're the Native Americans of Australia.

Have a great rest of your Sunday and don't forget to laugh today! As soon as my little man flashes his smile, I'll be sure and share it with you. Thanks for checking in.


Anonymous said...

I'm glad you are getting to stay in the PACU. My experience is that no one shoves out kids as involved as Jack (and my son) unless beds are needed. I agree with the need to leave the building at times, so it is a good thing. Mostly, I'm glad to read that Jack is improving. I hope to see a photo of his smile soon.

- betty

sebby said...


now we know even more where Jack inherited his smile from...sending out jokes from the PICU, no less!!:):) (i miss the smileys!)

I'm glad he seems to be doing pretty well--and that you have that tiger resident on your side to keep him in the PICU---i'm pretty much 100% confident that you're holding your own as well!-as much as you love hospital life...

hang in there, ann, our thoughts and prayers remain with you and Jack.


Anonymous said...

you are amazing and so strong.

Janet Sartori said...

Ann & Jack,
I'm glad to hear you are still in PICU. Jack, you look like a little stay-puff marshmellow guy. I find you adorably irresistable no matter what you look like! Cute those puffy cheeks for me Ann. I'm proud of you Shirley McClane {sp?} episodes yet. Pull them out when you need them. I know you will cause you da mamma! I love ya sweetie. Thanks for posting a pic.

mom2twinsplus1 said...

You are so lucky to be staing in the PICU, Emma is always shuffled to the floor as soon as possible (they are always needing beds) here. I am glad he is doing better. Please send him love and I will continue to pray for him

Anonymous said...

This one's completely dumb but for some reason, it never fails to make me laugh...

SO this vampire bat comes back in the cave after a night out and he's got fresh blood on his mouth and all the other bats get really excited.

"Where'd you get it! Come on, show us, where'd you get it" they say.

The bloody bat hemms and hawws and waives them away but they're persistent, so finally he says, "Alright. You wanna know, follow me."

Over pastures and around bridges and through meadows they go until finally he says, "Okay. You see that tree over there?"

And his followers exclaim "Yes! Yes! There? What then?"

And the bloody bat says, "Good. 'Cause I didn't"...

I don't know about smarter, but I know I used laughter as my yardstick as to how close I was to the realm of the unwell; as long as I could still giggle over a vampire bat smacking his head on a tree, I knew I was still on the right side of "nuts"...

We're pullin' for you both!


Melisande said...

You still have a sense of humor! This is good! I know I would not be as able to be humerous! I'm sure Jack's smile will be back soon too! Thanks for keeping us all posted!

Anonymous said...

Hi sweetie-
Glad to hear that the PICU docs are in no rush to move Jack. Whew!! Thinking of you 24/7 and wish I could be there with you.


Anonymous said...

Glad to see that you still have your sense of humour Ann. You are the best and so is jack. I hope that tomorrow you get your smile.


Lora G. said...

I am glad your little man is feeling better today. Thank goodness for the PICU resident - she sounds like a good person to have around. I read that article in Readers' Digest myself, I had a good laugh. You guys are constantly in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you can get some rest!
Lots of Love,

Anonymous said...

I'm glad Jack is improving with every day. Bad news about the stress, but excellent news about the humor! Humor is my best friend these days! I look forward to a picture of Jack and his beautiful smile soon! Take care of yourself and know that there are many prayers coming your way!
Grace and Peace,
Kristy and Nathan

TwinToTwin said...

*Marriage is love. Love is blind. Therefore, marriage is an institution for the blind.

*Marriage is not a word. It is a sentence--a life sentence.

*An old man goes to the doctor for his yearly physical, his wife tagging along. When the doctor enters the examination room, he tells the old man, "I need a urine sample, a stool sample and a sperm sample."
The old man, being hard of hearing, looks at his wife and yells: "WHAT?"
"What did he say? What's he want?"
His wife yells back, "He needs your underwear."

* A man goes to the doctor and complains that his wife can't hear him. "How bad is it?" the doctor asks. "I have no idea," the husband says. "Well, please test her. Stand 20 feet away from her and say something. If she doesn't hear you, get closer and say the same thing. Keep moving closer and closer and repeating the comment until she does hear you. That way we'll have an idea of her range of hearing loss." So the man goes home and sees his wife in the kitchen chopping up vegetables for dinner. From 20 feet away: "What are we having for dinner?" No answer. From 10 feet: Same thing. From 5 feet: Same thing. Finally, he's standing right behind her: "What's for dinner?" She turns around, looks at him and says:"For the FOURTH time, BEEF STEW!"

TwinToTwin said...

Looking for more pics of Jack (and of you!) Good to hear Jack's doing well.

* Two little kids lined up for surgery are lying in stretchers outside the operating room.

The first kid leans over and asks, "What are you in here for?"
The second kid says, "I'm in here to get my tonsils out and I'm a little nervous."

The first kid tries to reassure the other and says, "Oh! don't worry. It's very simple. I had that done when I was four. They put you to sleep, and when you wake up they give you lots of Jell-O and ice cream."

The second kid, feeling a little better, then asks, "What are you here for?"
The first kid says, "A circumcision."

The second kid says, "Whoa! I had that done when I was born. I couldn't walk for a year!"

TwinToTwin said...

A distraught man ran into the doctor's office.
"Doc!" The man screamed, "I've lost my memory!"
"When did this happen?" asked the doctor.
The man looked at him and said, "When did what happen?"

Ok, no more jokes. ...for today. :-)

I love you guys!! Kisses to Jack.

Anonymous said...

Glad all is going well, if humor is the measuring stick for anything.then Jack will be at the head of the class, because if he has anyhthing, it is a good sense of humor and a great smile. Get

home soon, Love,Grandma

Julie Worthington said...

Glad to hear Jack is feeling a little better, hope he continues to improve. Sounds like you have a great dr on your side. Good to see that you are maintaining a sense of humour Ann, I'm not sure I could.

Love Julie

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know I read through your blogs and I'm glad Jack is doing better. Jack, you, and the family are in our prayers.


erica said...

Yeaaaaa Jack! If you're humming already the big grins can't be too far behind. Keep up the good work! Ann, hope you are holding up and getting some rest every now and then. Sending lots of good thoughts your way!