Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Legbone connected to the jawbone


This is my daughter, Kirsten, and her family. These shots were taken whilst they cycled around parts of the state of Tasmania during Easter 2011. At that stage, they were oblivious to the ameloblastoma pedaling with them.

Kirsten is in an induced coma for the next 12 hours or so. There are tubes everywhere. She did not need any blood transfusions but took 4 litres of fluid and is quite puffy. Her vitals are strong, with maybe her heart a bit fast. The nurse on duty when my son-in-law visited just now, was happy both with Kirsten's colour and with the colour of her new new jawbone.

Kirsten has been writing a blog to help her understand what was happening to her and how it was going to be 'fixed'. When she googled she could not find enough 'reliable' and detailed information, and she thrives on information-overload (she has law degrees). So, for herself, and for future sufferers, she started a blog. There is one particular post which is a good summary: http://marsupialmum.wordpress.com/2011/07/20/reconstruction/

Having read that, you are welcome to go to 'Home' and follow the postings by her husband, Darren. Kirsten hopes to post from her ICU bed by week's end. I hope she does, too. She is one courageous woman. Her father and I hope to catch a glimpse of her tomorrow afternoon.

31 comments:

Jack said...

Julie, I came over today to see what you did for the August theme day, so I have not seen previous posts about your daughter's health problem. So sorry to read about it. I hope she recovers fully. It does make the issue of pretty photographs pale in comparison.

Kate said...

i agree with Jack. Their are moments in life that are so dramatic that everything else seem superfluous. I'm rooting for her during these next few days, hoping that the outcome is positive and as to be expected. What courage you all have!!

Tena Russ said...

Hi,

I've been following (lurking, actually) your wonderful blog. When I saw this post, I had to come out and send my sincere wishes for your daughter's successful recovery. She looks like a fabulous woman.

All the best to you and your family.
Tena

Virginia said...

Oh Julie. I left her a little note on the blog. I hope you will keep us abreast of her recovery. Blessings to you all.
V

Luis Gomez said...

Julie, I am really sorry to hear all this. I truly hope for her recovery. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Kay L. Davies said...

Julie, these photos are wonderful. That second one should be printed and framed and put beside Kirsten's bed so the nurses, etc., know exactly with whom they are dealing!
Luv — K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Alan said...

Fingers crossed for all concerned over here in Shropshire, Julie.

Thérèse said...

Blessings to your daughter and all of you.

Winsome said...

Like the rest of your community Julie, I'll be thinking of you and your family over the coming days. It's kind of a relief - the waiting is over and now the recovery begins. The two photos today are beautiful - the second one a classic!

Dina said...

Shalom Julie, it's so good that this complicated surgery is over.
Blessings to Kirsten and all the family and to all the medical team.

Gunn said...

Happy photos!
Love them both!:)

Regina K said...

Bless her, I visit your blog occasionally and did not know about this. My thoughts for all things good to come her way. She is a beautiful woman with a gorgeous daughter and husband. I will watch for updates.

Mark said...

I am so glad to hear the operation has gone smoothly. Hoping for good recovery and results.

diane b said...

I am happy she has arrived in ICU safely and hope for her continued recovery. Loving shots.

Ann said...

So far so good. She's a strong woman.

brattcat said...

beautiful, brave, brilliant girl. we are sending her light from all over the world. when you combine that with her own light and the light of those near and dear to her, this is a girl who is being held in something as powerful, in its way, as the sun.

Julie said...

I agree, BC. The warmth from friends, acquaintances, and strangers can work miracles when applied in a supportive way. Thank you.

Dimple said...

I add my good wishes for Kirsten's recovery to the others. Blessings to her and all the family.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Dear sweet Julie, there is nothing like the pain to a mum for a daughter or son, and I know you are suffering alongside her. I left her a message and will be checking in on her. Blessings and wishes for a full recovery.

They are a beautiful family and not just on the outside.

Bises,
Genie

Vicki said...

Julie, I don't know what to say except my thoughts are with you and your family. Best wishes for Kirsten's full recovery.

Yours
Vicki

Peter said...

Best wishes to you and your daughter, I hope it all goes well.

wilbo43 said...

Julie, I am so sorry to hear about the terrible thing that has happened to your daughter Kirsten. My thouhts are with you and her family. I do hope for you that everything will be okay and that the operation was a success and that she will recover fully. Please convey our best wishes to Kirsten and Darren. Bill and Diane.

Joan Elizabeth said...

What lovely photos. I have been following the story as it unfolds each day and praying for Kirsten, the family and you. It is a huge thing to deal with.

lizziviggi said...

Julie, the strength and humor that positively radiate from your daughter from your photos of her leave me in no doubt that she will get through this. I'm sending light, as per BC's instructions!

Steffe said...

Sorry to hear about your daughters health problems. I will go over and read her blog now.

Mary Ann said...

Wishing your daughter all the best for a successful surgery and recovery. She's beautiful, beautiful family too.

Victor said...

I am pleased to read that Kirsten's initial recovery appears excellent.

Best wishes to all the family.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

lovely images and i agree with kay about the second photo. it is good to have such an image in the hospital for all to see. we all wish the best and hope she recovers soon. our thoughts are with you

JM said...

Lovely portraits! Such hapiness shown on the bottom shot, great capture.

Julie said...

The comparison with the woman I sat with in hospital last evening is mind-numbing, Jose. I will get this image printed up and put down the end of her hospital bed. Today!

Virginia said...

Julie, I"ve stopped by to see how your dear daughter is doing. I hope she is gaining strength every day. I pray for her recovery.
V