Springtime in St. Louis - Update by John
It has been over a week since the last update. Alot has happened since that last update.
Seema took a well deserved break and is with our son Simon who is currently in California. I'm holding down the fort here in St. Louis while she is away.
Iain had some visitors earlier in the week. Dee, Don and Donna (my Aunt, Uncle and cousin) came to visit. Iain enjoyed hours of reflexology and family time.
We were hoping that Iain would be released this week. Doctors and nurses refer to that as "going to the zoo." Unfortunately, that didn't happen. Iain has had difficulty eating and drinking anything through his mouth. The food and fluid drain into his lungs which is obviously bad! Yesterday, Iain underwent some surgery to protect his lungs from this. First, they injected his vocal cord with filler in order to address the paralysis on the left side of his laranax. Next they restricted backflow from his stomach into his esophagus and finally they installed a feeding tube through his abdomen so that he won't need to eat or drink through his mouth. As a result of the surgery, he's in pain today. Hopefully that will be better over the weekend.
We've been making frequent trips to the 8th floor of the hospital. The garden is in full bloom! It's a wonderful respite from the clinical sterility of the hospital. As you can see, Iain's out enjoying the blooms. It's springtime in St. Louis!