Small Steps Forward


Day 2 – this is the one which has a reputation for being the worst: the really heavy-duty drugs from the surgery and immediate post-operative period are starting to wear off, and the physiotherapists are keen to see good progress in the sitting, standing and walking departments; the patient is encouraged to drink and gradually build up to eating soft foods, and the patient’s insides do not wish to cooperate 🙂

Ruth has been aware of this for months, having done lots of very thorough research.  She is now in a position to report that the rumours are true, but that in her case, she has not found them to be quite as bad as she expected.

Ruth trying very hard to achieve her goal of sitting in a chair for 30 minutes

Today she has sat out of bed twice and walked around the bed once.  When she stands up, she seems very straight and tall.  She says she feels as if her back is heavy and off-balance, but in reality her posture is perfect; it will no doubt take some time to adjust to the new situation 🙂

The upside of having lots of blood tests Dorothy the Dinosaur and Wiggles bandaids.-

The decision was made today to give Ruth a blood transfusion, which is still in progress.  She is already looking much better and feeling much less tired and nauseated.

Gradually various tubes and pieces of equipment are being removed, which is making it easier for Ruth to move around in bed.

Her surgeon has just been in to visit and is very pleased with her progress.  He has told Ruth that it was a difficult curve to correct, but he is glad he was able to do it without the anterior release he was originally planning.  So are we; seeing the huge effects the surgery has had on her whole body, we are thankful that she hasn’t had to also contend with chest and lung issues.

Today was a real family day here:  Ruth’s sister Sarah and her husband and two children came up for the day from Hamilton, and her sister Elisabeth and her husband visited, too.  The two brothers-in-law took themselves into the city to the movies, the sisters all spent time together, and the little ones enjoyed the atmosphere at the hospital.  Starship is a great place for children – playgrounds, toys, lots to look at and things to do.  Perhaps the most exciting thing for the 3-year-old was a trip to the Auckland Zoo with Grandpa and Aunty Becky.  Ronald McDonald House organises a free weekly bus trip to the Zoo for families.  Despite the fact that it was raining, they all had a great time.

It’s a pity they weren’t here yesterday when Ruth had a visit from the Clown Doctors, who managed to make us laugh in spite of ourselves.

The Clown Doctors visiting Ruth

Thanks again for all your messages.  I have been reading them out to Ruth, as she hasn’t been able to focus well on reading anything, but she is hoping to be able to get back onto the laptop tomorrow, so the next post will probably be one from the girl herself.


13 responses »

  1. Good news. well done Ruth. You are being so brave. Lovely to see pics of you – even though it’s hard to realize just what you are going through is so extreme. Yes, I’m sure it’s strange seeing the world from a ‘straight’ angle! I’m sure you’ve grown a couple of inches?! (Sorry, I mean about 6cm!!) Still in my thoughts and prayers. Take it easy – though it sounds like your well in line to be home for Christmas. Keep your eyes and heart on the Lord, from where your help comes from.
    With love, Sheena and family.

  2. Ruth you are doing so well it must feel very strange and feel so different walking now. It is amazing to see how many tubes you have there beside your bed. We are glad to hear that they have been coming off fairly quickly for you. Keep looking up to the Lord for your Strength, pray you will be given more and more each day. Lots of Love. the Chapmans.

  3. I’m impressed Ruth – you’ve done heaps for your second day! Really glad to read you’re gradually improving, and that things aren’t as bad as you expected 🙂

  4. It’s great to hear that Ruth is doing so well. I haven’t had a chance to leave the church key but will get to it. We’ve had a bit of car trouble so transportation is a challenge at the moment. Love, Laurie

  5. Hi Ruth I am so glad you are doing so well. I’m happy your sister’s could vistied you.
    I am thinking and praying for you.
    I hope you will get better soon.
    I can’t wait untill we see each other again.
    Don’t worry be happy, God is looking after you.
    From your friend Jess.

  6. Well done, Ruth.
    We are friends of your mum and dad from when they first moved to New Zealand. Our greetings to them
    We were just alerted about your condition today and are thankful to God that He has indeed upheld you and your family. Great is our God and greatly to be praised.
    Our family will pray pray for you as you recuperate.

  7. im pleased things are going so well i was going though the bible and i thought this verse relates whats happening right now .

    1 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.

    Romans 5:1-5 (R. S. V.)

  8. Thank you so much for taking the time to write the blog and to update it. My daughter has a thoracolumbar curve of 45 degrees and is having surgery in 4 weeks time. The amazing results you have achieved and your detailed account of the recovery have given her confidence to face what lies ahead. Thank you ! Jo

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