Saturday, November 21, 2009

Saturday Evening

This day ended on a much better note than yesterday. He's breathing much more easily, still on the ventilator, but it's much better today. I noticed that the IV drip he's on to control his heart rate and blood pressure has been reduced. I didn't actually talk to anyone about it, but I think it might mean his heart is better able to maintain itself than it was yesterday. I'll find out more about that tomorrow. He also had two blood transfusions between last night and this morning. His color looks much better and his blood tests are good as
well. Whew.

The other big news I have for this evening is that he responds to extreme pain to his feet. I saw his right foot respond last night but I didn't say anything because I'm trying hard not to get my hopes too high. Anyway, they take a big pair of tweezers and pinch his toenail as hard as they can. So, I think that you or I would find this excruciating and so far Billy jerks his foot. Just a little bit, but enough to make me happier than I've been all week. Anyway, I did not see it but tonight both feet responded. It is still much too soon to know what this means so please keep that in mind. Regardless of how this ends, the fact that he is responding to this is very good.

I feel much better than I did at this time last night. He's still not out of the woods yet. He's still in critical condition and who knows how tonight will go for him. But, today there were lots of little improvements. I will take whatever I can get!


  1. Please know my family and my church are praying!

    Rev. Ben Kesselring
    DeLand, Fl

  2. Sarah,

    Thank you so much for keeping us all in the loop. There are many of us at Marietta College praying for you and your family and many in the community as well.

    I was Bill's adviser at Washington State way back in the day and I still remember his wonderful spirit; he was one of my favorites and he knew it. I currently work with your dad and cannot say enough good things about him.

    Sarah, it is so kind of you to share daily news with us, and I am glad your husband is with you.

    My best to you and your family,God Blass you all.
    Linda Roesch

    Marietta OH

  3. Sarah and Family,

    I'm so very sorry. My heart goes out to you all. Sending positive energy your way.

    Thank you for keeping us up to date with Bill's progress.

    All the best!

    Laura Riley