Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
He has to keep those incisions open to the air for complete healing -- so get used to seeing him like this!!
For all you 'analyticals' --- these are 2 of the 5 (!!) screws Ken had inserted in his skull prior to the CT Scan for GPS coordinates (and the headwrap) ..... yikes!!
The **3 Musketeers** -- SAMUEL (son-in-law/O.R. grip/medical afficionado) ANDREW(friend/business associate/videographer) and KENNYWAYNE (patient) -- tippin' the *Bux
Who's that handsome DOCTOR???!!!! that's our son-in-law, Sam --- but that's the wrong daughter on his arm!!! We were so glad Sam had the opportunity to be in the O.R. --- he was jazzed!!! And the most fun thing was everybody mistook him for one of the docs!!!! at 6'6"... he can be pretty impressive!
We are so thankful for the amazing way that God has carried us thru this time of surgeries --- it is directly due to the prayers of many on our behalf.
Now for several weeks of healing & letting Ken's brain settle back down.... next week a post-op appt @ Stanford --- the day before Thanksgiving.... we DO have much to be thankful for don't we?? Sometime mid-December he'll head back down to Stanford to his first 'turn-on' of the neuro-stimulator and programming will begin...... exciting times.
Thanks for stayin' on the journey with us --- when you check back in, you might even get to see snippets of video from the O.R ......
I PROMISE --nothing too gross!!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
He's doing great from Friday's surgery --- but I do have to say that anticipating ANOTHER surgery in this short period of time is a little daunting.... we are in great hands @ Stanford and in God's hands .....
I had hoped to post some pics from the big event --- but that will have to wait till this weekend.
Life is good. Ken hasn't gone back on his full regimen of Parkinsons meds -- hasn't really needed them..... yay!!!
Hey ... did I mention we were able to videotape the DBS surgery!!!!!! Our friend (and videographer) Andrew, and our son-in-law, Sam, were in the OR taping the whole time!!! We're taking orders for copies!!! (just kidding)
Monday, November 16, 2009
Ken's been awake & doin' computer 'stuff' for the last 2 hours.... amazing, since he's barely been awake longer than 15-20 minutes at a time since surgery on Friday.
He looks GREAT !!
I was thinking this morning how thankful I am that our 'quiet' life lends itself to providing opportunity to recuperate in the ways that have been important for us, these last couple days.
Hard to believe that tomorrow we head back to Stanford for round #2!!
Ken was READY to go home --- there's no place like home, right? Saying good-bye to our kids & grandson was, of course, bitter-sweet -- but Leo gave grampa some gum & a kiss, and we were on our way. So thankful they were able to be with us -- good for them - good for us...there's no way we'd be able to really recount all that happened those several days.
Ken slept all the way home -- it was a beautiful, crisp fall day. I was able to enjoy being a passenger and not have to 'battle' any traffic. I had been vasillating (feeling 'guilty') about asking to have someone drive ALL THE WAY to Stanford and then turn right around and drive back home. Realized on that return trip, how thankful I was that I went with my gut feeling and kept our plans in place ... it gave me quiet time and an opportunity to pull my head together before we got home.... not to mention, that Rich & Tara unloaded the WHOLE car and brought everything inside for us .... not a small task!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Ken & I were blessed to have our daughters, one of our sons-in-law, our grandson, and Ken's sister, Robin, join us for the last couple days here... It was so good for us to be together as a family during this intense time. (son-in-law #2 and the rest of our famliy were with us in spirit --- boy, were the text messages flying!!) They all travel home tomorrow, after Ken is released to go home -- probably around noon.
Thank you all for your well-wishes and especially your prayers on our behalf.... we know that's what makes the difference in our ability to handle, with grace, each situation that came our way these 4 days @ Stanford.
We are so VERY thankful for you and your on-going love & concern for us.
May you have a Wonderful, Blessed week-end....
Next Wednesday --- Ken has his Internal Pulse Generator implanted!
Keep us in your prayers --- these next two weeks will be a time of healing.
We'll keep you posted!
Ken & Beckie