News about Nathan and Heather Straz

Wednesday, 30 May, 2007
Rough night, but eating
by nate

I slept in to 8:30 today, a later start than I had planned. I got to Heather's room around 10:00 after stopping at the cashier to pay the Variety House rent. She was asleep when I got there, but she woke up when I tried to quietly open my backpack. I was going to sneak the stuffed dog that Chuck and Caleb gave her under her arm.

Heather said she had a rough night. Her hospital bed isn't as comfortable as she remembers from last time. Her ribs and hips are sore from how they had her positioned during the long surgery. She's rolling around a lot which is still hard for her to do. The pain doc said she's only pressing the pain button twice an hour when she could be hitting it 4-10 times.

The good news is that Heather started eating solid food this morning. That is, if you call oatmeal solid food. She drank two cups of apple juice, some scrambled egg, and a good amount of oatmeal. That's a good step up from ice chips yesterday. Perhaps this evening she'll be able to feed herself.

Heather's goal for the day is to sit in the chair beside her bed. She's scheduled to start sitting up around 1:00. I'll probably wait to do another report after that.


Julie said on May 30 at 12:31 p.m.:

Hi Heather & Nate! Good to hear you're making progress. I think you are exceptionally brave. Hang in there.
I have a silly joke to envoke a small giggle.
Cowboy: Say, why did you buy that dachshund?
City Guy: I heard someone say,"Get a long, little doggy!"
I'll watch for more updates - take care!

Dad said on May 30 at 01:12 p.m.:

Hi, Heather! Hope things get more comfortable for you quickly- glad you are able to eat alittle. Oatmeal isn't bad- I eat a lot of it but I bet you are looking forward to something a little more enticing, perhaps something with ice cream as the main course!I will be going to get Caleb soon and get him ready for a baseball game at 5:30, assuming the predicted thunderstorms hold off.We will check in again when the game is over.The frequent updates are really nice-thanks, Nate.Love ya, Dad

Louis said on May 30 at 01:25 p.m.:

Hi Heather and Nate

Heather, congratulations on eating. Hospital Oatmeal, you are a brave young lady. I tried that at North Memorial, there was not enough sugar or milk nearby that could possibly help the awful flavor it had. Great news about sitting in a chair later. I have to give you a lot of credit having this done, you are a very strong person. Nate, thanks so much for the updates, we look forward to them. Louis

Kristi said on May 30 at 02:23 p.m.:

Hi Heather!
Praise God all went well with your surgery. I will make sure to give a full update to everyone at First Place tonight. Sure glad to hear you are doing well. I really miss you!
Love ya,

Leslie & Derek said on May 30 at 03:38 p.m.:

Good to hear that you have an appetite! Push that button - that's what it's there for! Bailey & Billie have missed you too - I'm sure you will get plenty of whimper when you see them. We are watching for the updates! Leslie, Derek, Billie & Bailey

Jeremy Bailey said on May 30 at 03:59 p.m.:

I'm glad to hear all is going well! We will continue to pray as you recovery. Tell Nate to sneak in some real food for you!