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smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Wed, 15th Jul '09 6:46 PM

AIN'T NO SUNSHINE

Sunny wants everyone to know she's missing her Sploofus friends. She's been struggling for some weeks with a tide of family troubles that are keeping her running between hospitals and home. Her 86-year-old mom had a urinary tract infection she ignored long enough to land her in the hospital on a wide-spectrum antibiotic drip, touch and go for a while, but she's out of the hospital now and improving.

However, just as they were making arrangements for her mother's care, her brother was in an accident that shattered his leg, and he is likely to lose his foot. His status is day-to-day, and surgery was postponed today because he has no infection and no new necrosis, so there is hope. He's her closest brother and she's at the hospital as much as she can manage, while also caring for her mom and dad.

She's grateful for the messages asking where she's been, and she'll answer them all when she next gets some time for herself.

lucimoore
Lucimoore  (Level: 183.6 - Posts: 1684)
Wed, 15th Jul '09 6:56 PM

I miss her happy self and hope she's back really soon.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Wed, 15th Jul '09 7:28 PM

Come back soon, Sunny. We're thinking of you!!

mitchy
Mitchy  (Level: 130.7 - Posts: 964)
Wed, 15th Jul '09 7:45 PM

Keep your head up and hang on hon, Great things are soon to come ..........I'm praying for ya !
Hugs and more hugs....
Mitchy

swiper
Swiper  (Level: 146.5 - Posts: 874)
Wed, 15th Jul '09 8:01 PM

I'm sorry to hear you and your mom and brother are going thru this. Many prayers your way and hugs! K

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.8 - Posts: 6058)
Wed, 15th Jul '09 8:44 PM

I'm sorry, Sun, to hear about your brother's accident and mother's sickness. I'm sending prayers your way for you and them and hope everything is better soon.

Marilyn...

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 205.1 - Posts: 4199)
Wed, 15th Jul '09 9:12 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Sunny! I hope your brother won't lose his foot, but whatever happens, I wish him a speedy recovery. Take care of yourself, too!

-- Geri

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Wed, 15th Jul '09 9:37 PM

Please pass along my hopes that she returns soon, and well wishes for her brother. Very glad to hear her mother is on the mend.

leaston
Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 839)
Wed, 15th Jul '09 9:52 PM

Hurry back Sun...my prayers are with you,your mother and brother.

ladyvol
Ladyvol  (Level: 205.4 - Posts: 5492)
Wed, 15th Jul '09 9:53 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you Sunny...if there is anything else I can do don't hesitate to give me a holler ok?
Vickie

cjar855
Cjar855  (Level: 133.4 - Posts: 838)
Wed, 15th Jul '09 11:07 PM

So sorry to hear of this. She is a bright ray of sunshine ,with her smile. Hope all will be looking better soon for her..

monkeynips13
Monkeynips13  (Level: 21.5 - Posts: 647)
Wed, 15th Jul '09 11:25 PM

So sorry to hear about this unfortunate turn of events, Sunshine. You, your mother and brother are in my thoughts and prayers.

mitchy
Mitchy  (Level: 130.7 - Posts: 964)
Wed, 15th Jul '09 11:43 PM

Thank you Smoke for starting this post. It's beautiful people like you that keep me going when my world is upside down!
I have nuthin but luv 4 ya!
Michelle aka Mitchy

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Wed, 15th Jul '09 11:44 PM

Same here, cupcake.

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 4:04 AM

Thinking of you and your family, Sun, and wishing you all the best. I'm glad to hear your mum's on the mend and hope your brother is soon!

jeannette
Jeannette  (Level: 111.1 - Posts: 1736)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 12:51 PM

thinking of your mother and brother sun big hugs you are all in my prayers you are such a big ray of sunshine on here take care x

joanneeberlin
Joanneeberlin  (Level: 184.5 - Posts: 686)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 12:55 PM

Thank you Donna for letting us know - we all miss her dearly and hopefully will be back soon. My prayers go out to her family and for her as well.

Hope to see you here soon Sun. The island isn't the same without you!

Jo

suzannec
Suzannec  (Level: 247.4 - Posts: 616)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 1:06 PM

Thanks Donna for letting us know what is happening with Sun. I sure hope everyone in her family gets better soon.

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 6:03 PM

Much love and prayers for our Sunny One's folks.

May God watch over you all with gentle care.

~Bev



oogie54
Oogie54  (Level: 201.7 - Posts: 1120)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 8:52 PM

Sun would like to thank everyone very much for their concern and well-wishes. Today was a day of good news for her brother Paul, the surgery to place a pin in his leg was successful,chances of recovering use of the limb are very good. Next up will be the arduous and lengthy skin grafts, but physicians are optimistic about his coming through this intact.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 9:02 PM

Great news, Oogs, thanks!

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 9:08 PM

Thanks for that good report!

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.8 - Posts: 6058)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 9:25 PM

Thanks, Oogie, for letting us know about Sun's brother. That is great news!

Marilyn...

luvnmexsun
Luvnmexsun  (Level: 147.4 - Posts: 711)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 1:49 PM

Thank you dear friends. Your concern and support has been a tremendous help and source of comfort.

When my brother went into surgery yesterday we did not know if his foot would be amputated or not. He kept positive and continuously thankful he was alive at all (we all are). He has only asked for prayers and I had told him that my Sploofus friends from all over the world were praying for him. He asked that I thank you all.

After 6 hours of surgery we were there as he came to. He asked: "Do I still have a foot?" When his wife told him, yes, tears rolled down his face. Tears flowed in the entire room. He said, "It's a miracle."

It is. The doctors agree. I have seen pictures of his leg...you can't even tell it's a leg, as it was nearly severed and a good three inches of missing bones that were shattered. He now has a rod pinned in place below the knee to his heel and the beginning of "internal" reconstruction which will be followed by "external" reconstruction of tissue and skin. Doctors can do amazing things, but the miracle was his lack of infection and dead tissue in his foot due to lack of blood supply.

Paul said his miracle was due to everyone's prayers: "even people that don't know me all over the world were praying for me, that had to make an impression". He's a joker, my brother. Thanks to all of you again.

Sploofusers are wonderful people.
Sun

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 2:41 PM

Yayyy for the good news!!!!

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 4:45 PM

That's so wonderful. >sniff<



gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.8 - Posts: 6058)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 4:48 PM

That's great news Sun! I'm proud everything went so well for your brother and thanks for letting us know.

Marilyn...

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Wed, 22nd Jul '09 1:37 PM

Just talked to Consuelo, on her way out the door to go to the hospital. The news is not good and she's not in a good place about it, so she wanted me to let everyone know she's sorry but she's not up to posting yet until things are more settled.

Her brother's condition has deteriorated and there has been more dead tissue and two more surgeries to remove it, and he is going in again today; the doctors won't actually advise him what to do, but they're pressing him to sign the permission for the amputation before he goes under again. He's torn and still wants to fight to keep his foot but the family is not all in agreement so it's very difficult for everyone emotionally.

She sounds drained on the phone, exhausted from hours in the car and at the hospital (60 miles away) every day, plus her mother's ongoing medical problems are demanding on her time and strength as well.

She sends heartfelt thanks to everyone for all the kind thoughts and prayers, she deeply appreciates the support and we'll hear from her soon.



tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.2 - Posts: 3779)
Wed, 22nd Jul '09 2:13 PM

Hopefully this will not be viewed out of place, or inappropriate, but I know a guy who lost a his foot in an industrial accident. It was a fairly clean detachment that offered a fair choice of reattachment. The orthopedist wanted to leave it detached. The plastic surgeon wanted to try to reattach it. He opted for reattachment. The next couple years were a nightmare for him, and his family. There was a lot of pain and pills. There was progress, regression, complications, the works. He was nearly incapacitated from the pills, could not really use the foot for anything viable. After two years of hell and a lot of soul searching, he went back to the orthopedist and arranged to have it removed. In an appropriate time after the detachment he was fitted with a prosthetic. Within months he was comfortable with it, off almost all of the meds and most importantly, a dad and husband, again. I am not advocating this option....just putting it out there in the realm of thought. I also know a person who lost both feet as a small child about 30 years ago in a farm accident. In that case they were successfully reattached and he has been fine ever since.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Wed, 22nd Jul '09 2:19 PM

Entirely appropriate, I should think. You've pretty much laid out the two extremes. Sunny feels he would be better off to have the amputation. Even if the foot could be saved, several inches of bone and tissue were pulverized, and the leg would be quite a bit shorter than the other. Hard to know what it would feel like when it's your foot, though.

naomi4195
Naomi4195  (Level: 51.7 - Posts: 184)
Wed, 22nd Jul '09 2:56 PM

Know that you are in my prayers, Sun, and your family as well. I miss you much here on the site and can't wait for your return. I will be praying for your brother as he goes through this rough time along with his family. If there is anything at all I can do, don't hesitate to call me. Thanks to Smoke and Oogie for keeping us all informed. God bless all of you.

jeannette
Jeannette  (Level: 111.1 - Posts: 1736)
Wed, 22nd Jul '09 3:06 PM

Consuelo my prayers and love to you your brother and all of your family .only he can decide what to do, all you can do is support him keep strong love . x

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.8 - Posts: 6058)
Wed, 22nd Jul '09 3:14 PM

I'm really sorry to hear that, Donna! I am still praying for the best possible outcome for Consuelo's brother, for her and her family.

Marilyn...

naomi4195
Naomi4195  (Level: 51.7 - Posts: 184)
Wed, 29th Jul '09 10:40 AM

Does anyone have any more recent news on Sun and her family? I have been away for a couple of days, and would like an update if possible.

luvnmexsun
Luvnmexsun  (Level: 147.4 - Posts: 711)
Wed, 29th Jul '09 12:36 PM

Hello friends, I am finally home for a day and so thankful. Your words and messages of thoughtful kindness and support has meant so much to me. You have given me much comfort.

Update: Paul has had several more surgeries. He still has his foot. I hope this does not turn into the scenario that Steve shared in his post, because it may. But for now, it is what Paul wanted to happen. The docs are now saying his chances of keeping it are 80%...a big improvement. He has more surgeries and hospital time to face, we are taking it one day at a time.

He has been outfitted with a Wound VAC, something they developed for soldiers in Iraq (severed and damaged legs being very common there). If you are interested, it is easily google-able and there is even a UTube video of one being changed, if you are not squeamish.

My mother is now fully recovered from her crisis as well.

No words can adequately convey my gratitude for your caring, but I thank you again.

Sun/Consuelo

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 29th Jul '09 12:56 PM

Glad that your mom is okay!

bigmama60
Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6648)
Wed, 29th Jul '09 1:22 PM

Sandy, you must be complimented as a real trouper Hurry up back; I miss your comments
Beverly

swiper
Swiper  (Level: 146.5 - Posts: 874)
Wed, 29th Jul '09 5:18 PM

Thanks for the update Sun One day at a time for your brother and today the news is GOOD!!! Just embrace that for all it's worth. Happy your Mom is fully recovered, more great news, Thanks for sharing with us. You're in my thoughts and prayers. Kelley

mplaw51
Mplaw51  (Level: 179.8 - Posts: 1582)
Wed, 29th Jul '09 8:07 PM

Thanks Consuleo and Donna for this ongoing update. Your family has been on my mind and in my prayers, Sun. Happy to hear that your mom has gotten better as well. God bless.

bigmama60
Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6648)
Wed, 29th Jul '09 8:37 PM

Sandy, you must be complimented as a real trouper Hurry up back; I miss your comments
Beverly

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I meant sunny my bad typing is responsible.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 2:32 AM

I watched a couple of the Wound VAC recordings. That's amazing! I'll keep praying, too! With medical advances like that and God's healing touch, I hope your family finds encouragement and hope. And try to take care of you, too. I know you're a strong woman, but even you need a break to refresh that strength.

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 9:51 AM

Sun....
I'm so happy to hear you mother is recovering
and your brother still has his foot, because that's
what he wants....
Agree with the person who said "it's time to take
care of yourself - all that driving and hospital
visiting is exhausting.
Even the best and the strongest people need a
break from all the worry.

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Thu, 6th Aug '09 12:21 AM

Sunny asked me to post.

Her brother is still going through surgeries to move muscles from his arms and legs to support the foot. The surgeons have decided not to amputate. Sunny (and I) are worried that the nerve damage will be severe.

Paul is still in serious condition and needs your thoughts and prayers both to make the best decisions possible ... and for the his health and the health of his family.

From Sunny ... Thanks for your love and support.

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Thu, 6th Aug '09 1:45 AM

I haven't kept up with the Salty Dog lately, so sorry I haven't posted sooner, but I'm sorry to hear about your troubles Sun! I've been wondering where you've been at. Just know you have prayers coming out of Oregon for your family as well!

luvnmexsun
Luvnmexsun  (Level: 147.4 - Posts: 711)
Wed, 26th Aug '09 6:32 PM

Hello everyone,
Sorry I have been so silent for so long. My brother is in the process of rebuilding his leg…and it is going well overall. It is up and down though…which is why it’s difficult to keep you posted. There are times of great joy and relief…then a setback…I just can’t bring myself to report when we never know what’s going to happen next. After 37 days in the hospital, he was released, then back in a week with an infection. That’s where he is to this point. He’s had three skin/flesh grafts.

I have often felt a great comfort in the many Sploofusers that have sent me words of comfort, thoughtfulness, and kindness in private messages and other venues. I humbly thank you as your caring has always raised my spirits. I am blessed with so many Sploofus friends. I am looking forward to being here often again…once I catch up with work, etc. and all is done.


Sun

PS: I really feel like I've been gone for a year once I went through pages of posts to find this one. It's going to be very difficult to catch up!

virtus
Virtus  (Level: 162.2 - Posts: 2462)
Wed, 26th Aug '09 11:07 PM

Sun, so sorry I didn't see this thread earlier. Please add my prayers for your brother to your list of Sploofus friends .

Take care of yourself as well. Looking forward to having you back on the island. Blessings, Anne


bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Thu, 27th Aug '09 5:54 PM

Dear Sunny One..........

Ongoing prayers and love for you and your family.............we miss you mightily.
You are an amazing lady, I feel privileged to know you and to have met you.
Jeremiah sends his love and prayers too.

May God continue to watch over you all gently, giving you strength for what you have to endure.

Bev




smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Thu, 27th Aug '09 6:24 PM

I can't do much for you from way over here except offer you and your family my well-wishes! Take care sunshine!


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