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Name: Peggy
Gender: Female
Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA
Home country: USA
Current location: Right here!
Member since: Thu Feb 3, 2005, 01:41 PM
Number of posts: 116,909

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****WCGreen Update --Sunday February 9, 2014****

A Christopher Green update from his wife, Laurie:

Chris has improved on many levels. He would be moved to step-down, but the beds are limited and filled. The doctor told us that they can just do the same things in the ICU that they do in step-down, so he won't lose any time. He sat in a chair today for two hours. When we went today, he was tired, but visited with everyone. Nothing can keep his humor down. His facial expressions are priceless. Again, thank you all so much!

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sun Feb 9, 2014, 06:33 PM (47 replies)

****WCGreen Update -- Saturday February 1, 2014****

From his wife, Laurie:

Chris moved to another ICU (J 5 4) because there were so many transplants. Thank you so much to the people that want to donate their organs.

Chris is doing better. He is making jokes, which requires a lot of creativity when you can't talk! He has started physical therapy. We are kissing hello and goodbye. Thanks again for all the prayers, well wishes and good thoughts sent his way! It is all working!

I (CaliforniaPeggy) also want to add that his fever/infection vanished when a drainage bag was removed from his chest. So that's way better as well.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sat Feb 1, 2014, 09:33 PM (37 replies)

The sky was on fire tonight!

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Tue Jan 28, 2014, 08:47 PM (41 replies)

****WCGreen Update -- Sunday January 26, 2014****

From his wife, Laurie: A Christopher Green update:

Chris scared us yesterday with a very high temperature and other problems. Amy (Chris' sister) and I stopped to see him today and he mouthed, "I feel like shit" in response to Amy's question of how he was. Chris answered me with nods when I asked what hurt - his chest? hip? back? All were yes. I leaned over to kiss his cheek and he wanted to kiss me!
Chris is still very sick.

FYI: Chris' sister Amy is a nurse practitioner.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Mon Jan 27, 2014, 12:58 AM (19 replies)

****WCGreen Update -- Thursday January 23, 2014****

A Christopher Green update from his wife Laurie:

Last night, Chris was smiling and bobbing his head to music, causing the nursing staff to crack up. Knowing Chris, he kept doing it since he saw people laughing. Medically, he is making baby steps in the right direction.

He is a talented musician in his own right, so this is a significant step!
Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Thu Jan 23, 2014, 12:17 PM (41 replies)

****WCGreen Update -- Saturday January 18, 2014****

A Christopher Green update from Laurie, his wife:

I went to see Chris yesterday and he looked at me! I found out he had been tracking with his eyes since Thursday afternoon. The guy from Pulmonology told me he asked Chris questions earlier and Chris nodded to answer! I asked Chris to squeeze my hand and he did. I told him about the gazillion well wishes, prayers, good thoughts, etc. He still is very sick, but I think yesterday's events are more like a giant leap!

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sat Jan 18, 2014, 06:37 PM (55 replies)

****WCGreen Update -- Thursday January 16, 2014****

A Christopher Green update from his wife Laurie:
As it have been four days since my last post, this one summarizes the past few days. Chris has not yet awakened, so they ordered a CT scan and an MRI. They were both negative. Chris' nurse asked him to squeeze his hand and wiggle his toes. Chris did, just not consistently. This was reflected in his EEG - he is going in and out of semi-consciousness. Today, the doctor thought Chris will eventually clear. His lungs are doing well and he is starting to breathe on his own. There are stilll major problems and he is still considered critical. I am just so grateful for the baby steps. They are bringing me joy whenever I get the news. I am also heartened with all the support, prayers and good thoughts that are being directed towards Chris and I. Thank you so much.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Thu Jan 16, 2014, 11:21 PM (31 replies)

From PoliticusUSA:

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Wed Jan 15, 2014, 09:32 PM (6 replies)

****WCGreen Update -- Sunday January 12, 2014****

From his wife Laurie via Facebook:

They took Chris to the OR to do his trach (tracheostomy), so they had to put him under. It is supposed to be more comfortable and more effective in O2 delivery.
He has only opened his eyes momentarily, with no recognition.
Thanks again from the bottom of my heart for all the prayers and well wishes.

Just FYI: Tracheostomies are done when the patient is going to be artificially ventilated for more than a few days. It is a lot easier on the throat and the vocal cords. He had already had one done back in 2004, during his long, severe illness then. You could see the scar in some of his pictures.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sun Jan 12, 2014, 05:06 PM (36 replies)

On MFM and the nature of on-line friendships...

So now yet another one of my on-line friends is gone, with only his memories left in my mind.

I've been so very fortunate to have had several close on-line friendships. The world of the net is a fascinating place. You can know people all over the globe, people who speak other languages, eat foods that you've never heard of and who enjoy sports or movies or games that are new to you.

And yet they're online, and accessible to you. So you talk to each other and then you're friends. You like how the other person thinks, what they have to say, and you respect them for all the cool things they bring you. And they respect you for the same things.

But they're online, so you might never hear them speak, or give them a hug, or go for a walk together.

And one day they might die, and then what? Of course, you grieve. It's hard because not everybody understands the nature of these friendships. In some ways, these friendships aren't exactly "real." But the world is changing...

I've had 3 close on-line friends, and all of them are dead now, long before they should have been. I miss them horribly. We spoke via threads, via PM and over the phone. I treasure their memories and all the gifts they brought me.

Jim (MFM), Redstone, Khashka. God, how lucky I was to have these magnificent, intelligent, funny people in my life. We helped each other, laughed with each other, enjoyed each others company.

Always remember to tell the people you love that you love them. You might not get another chance.

May all these magnificent men rest in peace...Maybe there's a DU corner in heaven? I don't really believe in heaven, but right now, the thought of these 3 men sitting around together, laughing and talking, gives me comfort.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sat Jan 11, 2014, 06:46 PM (30 replies)
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