Kari is still on the up and down with the pain in her stomach and shoulders. Mostly on the down, though. They found that she has a bacterial infection in her G.I. tract and a staph infection in her lungs. Those are the main culprits of her stomach pain and the increased fluid in her lungs. The doctors have also reworked some of her medications because the 8 or so drugs that they were giving her at a time (which all went into her stomach tube) were also contributing to the upset stomach. In the morning today she had a PET scan (which is similar to a CAT scan) which was a little stressful, but all in all went well. Her ventilator settings were incorrect for about 10 min, but all her vitals were fine. They had originally scheduled the scan to try to find the source of her fever, but her temperatures have been basically normal for the last 2-3 days. Even so, they went ahead with it because it was already on the schedule and with the pain that she's in it might reveal something. A shoulder specialist came in today to work on her shoulder to and give her PT a little more guidance. She was good. You know someone's smart when you really can't understand what they're talking about but they explain it so well that you feel like you do. Anyways, I guess the good news in all of this is that they seem to be getting to the bottom of all these issues and it looks like we're coming out of what has been a very bad 2 weeks and starting to move forward.
Today is also the second day of classes at Gage. I want to send out a big thank you to Melissa Wilson, the Elementary band teacher that shares my office and whose students eventually come to me, and also to Kate Hicks who is filling in for me for at least the first few weeks of school. From what I've heard so far, things are going great, but keep them in your prayers as the beginning of the year is always hectic, especially for a new teacher, or if you're (like Mel is) trying to do your own job while helping someone else. I guess the best thing I can say about the two of them and the other band directors in Riverside who've been helping is that I'm not worried about school. ****Quick note to any of my students that are reading this***
U R GONNA GET IT GRANDE STYLE IF U MESS AROUND WHILE I'M GONE, REMEMBER I HAVE SASI, SO I KNOW WHERE U LIVE (in a very deep and evil voice) HA HA HA HA HA HA HA--CUL8R
***Quick not to any teachers, parents, and administrators that are reading this***
THAT WAS JUST A JOKE, I'M ONLY TRYING TO BE FUNNY--YOU CAN'T GET MAD AT A GUY FOR TRYING CAN U??
Okay, well I guess that's all the news--thank you all for the cards, we're starting to get bombarded with them.