Monday, April 05, 2010

A Very Busy Morning!

I am thankful that I have a family. On Easter Sunday Quincy, Jen, Drew and Katie came to visit me. Drew and I played Farkel and he beat me 27,000 to 16,000! It amazes me how intelligent 6 year old children are these days. He can add all the numbers in his head and I had to add everything up the old fashioned way. He just laughs at me..... don't have to worry too much about him. The priest came in and gave me Holy Communion and Drew wanted to have a host too. I assumed it was because he wanted the body of Christ in his body....he said, no, he was just curious to see what it tastes like. LOL!
This morning was rather hectic to say the least. Woke up to the surgeon telling me that in 10 minutes he would be taking out the staples in my stomach and draining the fluid that's causing the infection. It wasn't as bad as I thought, because I've had multiple staph infections from being in hospitals, and in 2007, when my lung collapsed, there was a huge one on the top of my head. My son had to clean it out for me every night.
The next procedure was a picc line. That is when they put a permanent IV into your body, so all the antibiotics, pain meds, contrat for CT scans, chemo, or whatever you need can get into the body without poking each time with an IV.
The bummer is I can't leave the hospital yet, but I don't really feel like going anywhere , so it's all o.k. Stanford is a wonderful place to be and my room now looks like a botanical garden.


At 10:41 AM, Blogger Victoria said...

Hi Buhn,

It is so good to hear that your Easter was spiritual... and fun. Your surgeon had great timing today; I would only want 10 minutes to think about having staples and fluid removed.

Yesterday the weather at our house was cold and blustery and for some reason the animals didn’t want to go inside last night. Our bunny Emily led me on quite a chase. It must have been her way to celebrate Easter.

Have any more musicians been visiting you in your botanical garden?

Love you, Vicki

At 12:17 PM, Blogger jec said...

Hi Carmen --

So glad you had such a bevy of guests visiting yesterday.

Wonder whether yr nickname has anything to do w/ the Easter bunny ? Doug told me once that Daryl came up w/ those names (Lust, Dine, Buhn, Bulb). All but the oldest in our family got similarly silly nicknames, still used tdy (Hucky, Tootie, Gingi).

Yr botanical garden reminds me of the gorgeous lilies you sent back in August after my Morning Cafe on The Dragons. The giant pink bow on that arrangement is still right close by on my desk here. It brings a smile whenever I glance at its nook.

Sending my love !

aloha no,
jec (Tootie)

At 2:18 PM, Blogger elgin73 said...

Dear Carmen,
I just tried to call you. Hope you are out partying or sound asleep. A belated happy Easter. I'm glad the priest was there to help you celebrate Easter, as well as your grand-kids. I have never heard of Farkel. Sounds like you enjoyed it. So many new things that kids play and do, these days. I hope to reach you later today. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Liz

At 2:51 PM, Blogger Bonnie said...

Hi Carm,
Glad your Easter was filled with family and laughter. You are brave with all the poking, etc. I am such a baby when it comes to shots, etc. You are one brave girlie:) Glad the Priest was there for Holy Communion, and so cute that your grandson just wanted to taste it! Kids are so cute......Hugs to you on this now beautiful day. The rain this morning cleared out everything. Love ya'

At 4:08 PM, Blogger Patricia said...

HI there...very busy morning one! sure sounds like you had a lot going on. Good to understand it all though. Not knowing to me is the hardest part of it all. Glad they are going after the infection wholeheartedly. Get that bugger. I had forgotten how you got your name "Buhn". Got to the point where I thought I gave it to you...Particularly after the name Dennis dubbed me. Love you Buhn.

At 5:22 PM, Blogger Carmen Dragon said...

Well,I think you guys are helping me get to the 'root' of my spiritual dilemna. This may sound way out there, but I'm going to express it.
When I was 3 years old, my dad put an Easter egg in my diaper and one of my older brothers found it. I remember the event like it was yesterday, and being really embarassed, but my dad thought it was so funny. He never really treated me like the little Princess that I so longed to bday presents were boxing gloves, not princess dresses. Maybe that's why I'm such a 'toughy'. This all my sound like psycho-babble, but I have evidence to prove my theory. The first time I had cancer was the day after Easter, 1998. I remember fasting on Easter Sunday rather than rejoicing and celebrating Jesus' Resurrection. The second occurance was in May, one month after Easter, and the third time (now) here we go again.....Easter, and my surgery was the day of my fathers death, March 28. This is all possibly a coincidence and means nothing, or it is a memory that has been stored in my body all these years. Freud has a theory on it called, "Freuds Psychosexual Stage Theory" The second stage is called 'anal'. And the development is between age 2-4. I've stated my case, and thanks for all your help. Buhnny

At 6:06 PM, Blogger Victoria said...

Hi Buhn,
Well, strong conflict can fixate people (and their bodies) at early stages. However, now with your very clear thoughts about the Easter/dad/illness connection revealed, you have the opportunity to let it go… purge it… and grow in a positive and healthy way. You have the answer. Love, Vicki

At 9:01 PM, Blogger jec said...

Good evening, Carmen --

You've powered thru so, so much, & yr still such a ground-breaker ! Glad yr brave enuf to air & offload old baggage.

I head out in an hr to Kane`ohe, to narrate a poem at a brass quintet concert. As I stand on stage, quivering imperceptibly (at least to the audience !), I'll hold yr bravery & fortitude squarely in mind -- will be speaking for you !

aloha no,

At 9:55 PM, Blogger Steve Jensen said...

Hi Carmen:

Linda and I have you in our prayers. We hope to see you in person soon. We will give you a little time to finish terriorizing the staff at the hospital there. Hang in as you always do.

We love you very much,


At 1:12 PM, Blogger Heather said...

Hey Carmen! I am so happy to get these updates from your site! We have been thinking about you, praying about you since we talked to Dennis a few weeks ago. We are all inspired by your courage, good attitude, and love of God through all of this.

All the boys are good! It's HOT in Charleston now after a long winter... loving the heat, but could do without all the bugs already! :)

Can we call you and say hello??

Heather, Cody, Jack and William
p.s. how do i e-mail pictures to you?


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