I think I’m heading out of here tomorrow.  Things are moving really quickly.  They started pulling tubes this morning and now all I have left is my feeding tube and I’m leaving with that one.  I’m wearing regular pajamas (thanks Anne) and feeling pretty human this afternoon….minimal pain, able to get up and move without calling a nurse.   This is good, really good.

As for discharge tomorrow, I guess I’m ready.  Jerry and Sean need to be ready too.  There’s lots more than just “See you , have a good life.”  They’ll be filling the feeding tube with formula and meds and flushing it several times as day.  Sounds pretty overwhelming to me.  I guess we’ll just go with the flow and manage just fine.

What’s wonderful is that everything, absolutely everything has gone well…the surgery, the recuperation, the feeding tube….I am one very lucky woman.  Sean arrives soon….wonderful.  He can help Jerry deal with all this.  We’re in for such fun over the next couple of days (weeks?)




29 thoughts on “Tomorrow?

  1. Linda Underwood

    Another blog with great news. Keep sending good news-I love it! I think you aren’t giving yourself enough credit. You kept yourself active, in good shape and had a positive attitude. You yourself have done all the right things. Makes me think I better get back to the gym!!! LInda

  2. EGAD woman….they’re very bright, intelligent adults…they can handle a feeding tube!!!  And, if they can’t, they know who to call (that wouldn’t be me!).  CONGRATS….you’ll certainly feel more human once you get into your own (almost) bed!!!

    Jerri 521 Cedarwood Lane Venice, FL 34293 941-445-4118

    “People are like bicycles.  They can keep their balance only as long as they keep moving.”  Albert Einstein

  3. Wendies Email

    Wow! Carry on, girl!!

    Wendie Sent from my iPhone

  4. PS….it probably feels fast to you because you’re not up to your regular speedy self yet…they’ve probably been plotting to get you out of there for a long time!

    Jerri 521 Cedarwood Lane Venice, FL 34293 941-445-4118

    “People are like bicycles.  They can keep their balance only as long as they keep moving.”  Albert Einstein

  5. Excellent, excellent!!! What a wonderful team you have, Mary. Joyous news that you are so much better today and can plan to go home. Hooray for Einstein’s quote – you sure do know how to keep moving – – and keep your family helpers moving, too, it appears. 🙂 Love, Barb G.

  6. Just how many more times am I going to say AMAZING?! Many, many more times, I’m sure. This is thrilling, even though I’m sure it will be daunting too. Remember how it felt to come back here to Venice when ordinary life was suddenly overwhelming and exhausting. But remember how you dealt with that. With harps, naps, smoothies, friends, eventually yoga and beach; you’ve got all the tools – your spirit, your optimism, your family, your persistence, your love. And all of us who love you. Amazing, amazing. xoxo

  7. Wow….you’ve done all the right things.

    Keep up the good work !!!

  8. Indeed this is wonderful news. Should Jerry/Sean not feel comfortable I am sure visiting nurses can assist (they did for me until all tubes were out) and insurance covered.

    It will be great for you to get out and continue recovering in a home environment. Remember Anderson and their wonderful staff are but a phone call away and will be there for you if/when needed.

    SMILE. Life is good.

  9. Such wonderful news Mary! Relax, renew, those “guys” will know exactly what to do and do a great job, I just know. We continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers. God is good and you are amazing.

  10. Yeah, Mary. Thought about you a lot today.

  11. Great to hear what a difference a day can make. It sounds like that schedule you made is really working for you. You are a fortunate woman . Really?? on top of everything going well you get to leave with two handsome, attentive, loving male nurses!!! Awesome! I need to start visualizing more.
    Your friend, Mary

  12. FUN!!! Who comes from major surgery and expects the immediate next two weeks to be fun. Only Mary Ginley can speed through recovery and find humor and fun amidst trauma. You are an inspiration and example of hope for any who might face the battle you fought. And all of us who love you, maybe helped you remember to believe.

  13. Wow! That was fast! I just read you entry from yesterday, turned around and now you’re leaving! Congrats for having things go right but also for DOING things right! I wish you a speedy recovery,my friend.

  14. Keep up the positive thoughts, Mary. Just imagine yourself back on the beach – ah! much love, Sonia

  15. Barb Greenberg

    Mary, you continue to show us all how to handle adversity…stay strong …as the mother of a male nurse I know how super Jerry and Sean will perform their new medical skills! Blessings to you all.

  16. Alleluia!!! You are remarkable!
    Sending lots of hugs!

  17. Karen Rafferty

    Well this is one big WOW….just shows you what positive thoughts can do. Take care – I am sure your boys can do the job, but if not, call Visiting Nurses! Barb is right…they love to help! 😉

    Take care – you coming home at a good time! I know you’ll be great for the First Communion. 🙂

  18. Mary, you continue to amaze me! You are one tough cookie who can beat all odds. Thanks for shining your light! You’ve done the hard part. Keep going in forward motion.

  19. I just sent you an email thinking you would be in the hospital for a few more days! You improve by the minute- not even the day!!!! Tubes out, just the important one left for nourishment. Your wonderful men will take excellent care of you! Amazing you sending amazing news!!!!! Congrats to the TEAM!

  20. Deirdre Christman

    I’m speechless! (And that’s probably a first.) Thrilled that you’re doing so well – and selfishly thinking you’ll be home in plenty of time to have breakfast and movie dates, not to mention Dining for Women, before I leave for Connecticut. But don’t stop blogging.

  21. Laura O'Connor

    Yeah!!! You will be so much more comfortable at your home away from home!

  22. I’m delighted you’re doing so well. Don’t worry about the others! They will do just fine . Just be patient with yourself and enjoy your family!
    I’m so happy for you!

  23. What can I say? That is such wonderful news and Jerry and Sean will take excellent care of you. Just visualize all that healing taking place and go easy on yourself! Congrats!

  24. Yay – fewer tubes, more freedom! So glad you get to go “home”. Prepare to let everyone take care of you while you get stronger and stronger each day! Allow yourself to enjoy some won’t last 😉

  25. This is remarkable, Mary! I think it is very very good news that you’ve had a day without the assorted tubes and attachments, except for the one that will carry you through the healing, which of course will take time. But you have been given the time and the grace and the joy and the love and the faith and the community and the strength and life is good! Nevertheless, as a favorite author (Christian McEwen) says, you have “World Enough and Time.” Take your time. Remember that quote at teacher conferences, “Childhood should be a journey, not a race”? Well so should every stage, and yes, my friend, you have been on quite a journey. Thank you for taking us with you. Much love, Dorothy

  26. Wonderful news, Mary! Glad they are kicking you out. Having done this far too many times with my loved ones, it may feel overwhelming to your guys, knowing they have to care for you. But healing just takes rest, hugs, rest, laughs, rest, reading, rest, friends, rest, cards, rest and a little more rest.

  27. Just another challenge …going home. But a happy one. You r a fighter. Keep up the good work. This chapter of your book is almost over! Then time to celebrate! Can’t wait to hear you r back in FL.


  28. Gillis Louise

    Thank you for the good news!!

  29. Whoa, this is great news! Do you have food dreams?

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