Friday, March 5, 2010

The Next Leg In The Journey

No more antibiotics! After six tedious weeks of IV infusions, the pick line has been removed.

Below is Cindy doing her last infusion just before Mark, her nurse, came to remove the pick line for what we hope will be the very last time ever!

Mark arrived soon after this picture was taken and freed Cindy from her plastic tubing-like prison cell.

He is a truly great guy. Yes, Mark is a nurse, but he is studying to be a chef in his spare time, which is why he came to the house in a chef's coat (see below). Last night he baked some incredible bread that he brought for us all to try (Cindy, my parents and me). The good news is that he no longer has to come to the house to assist Cindy with infusions and to draw blood. The bad news is he will no longer be dropping by to care for Cindy. We hope he will transition from nurse to friend and visit often along with his wife (not just because he is a great cook!).

Look again at the picture above. It's easy to forget by her smiling face that Cindy is only standing on one leg, isnt it! Sometimes I forget as well. Life is as normal as it can be...just with a modification or two.

Things are improving every day. Since the infection is gone, her energy level is returning...and she is doing more things without feeling exhausted.

Last night, Cindy returned to cooking. She made one of the most amazing briskets that any of us have ever had. It was incredible!

On Monday, Cindy returns to the Prosthetics and Orthotics Center to see what progress she is making with her liner and some of the pain she is experiencing while wearing it. We are hoping she is another week closer to being fitted for her "starter" prosthesis. One she learns to drive it, she will graduate to the Porsche version of an artificial leg. Hopefully it will brake better than a Toyota (bad joke).

Have a good weekend!


  1. The Mitzel'sMarch 5, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    I just can't get over how great Cindy looks! Such great news! Cooking now?! I will be expecting a visit soon, now that she is driving and cooking, so that she can cook for all of us up here!!! Brisket sure sounds good! LOL!...I know not for awhile, but sure would be great to see you guys!!!

    Love and hugs!!!!

  2. Congrats, Cindy Lou! So glad to see that the antibiotic infusions are over and done with. You look awesome.

    Hope your appt. on Monday w/ the prosthetics center goes well! We love ya!

  3. Okay Cindy, what are you knitting in the picture??? Call when you can.


  4. Looking great, Cindy. Good luck tomorrow (Monday) at the Prosthetics and Orthotics Center. We'll be sending you wonderfully positive vibes!

    As always, Rob, thanks for the great updates...So appreciated!