Life begins in Edmonton
It is now In October 30, 2015! Where has the time gone! It seems like yesterday Sandy and I were planning a float for the Pincher Creek parade this past August. Two months later we are all relocated and on the road to recovery! We have settled in nicely to our new life in Edmonton and the weather has been fantastic!
Lisa checked into the U of A Hospital on Sunday, October 25 and Benji followed the following Monday, the 26th at 5:30 am. They met in the “holding” area right before surgery, Benji being there a few short minutes before Lisa, long enough to hold her hand and then, to everyone’s surprise, jumped out of his bed and gave her a passionate hug and kiss! I wish they would have allowed pictures as a picture is worth a thousand words! Every eye in that area was on them.
As we thought Benji’s surgery went well. Being the strong, fit, young fellow that he is was in his favour. Let me tell you that even minutes after a big surgery he kept a sense of humour, giving Lisa’s brother, Wade Davis, heck for messing with the Toronto Blue Jays! But this was a big surgery and it’s not as easy as we may think. He was opened up completely and two thirds of his liver cut out! Can we possibly imagine the pain that he must have and is still enduring!? It won’t be a process that is over in a couple of weeks.
Lisa’s surgery was considerably longer, as expected. She came out of surgery approximately 7:30 pm. Considering how sick she was, and has been, for a long time, this was a pleasant surprise! Complicated cases may last into the late evening. She arrived in the ICU on a breathing tube and so many other life lines it was a maze! I can tell you that family is priority for medical staff at the U of A, in these situations because they allowed twelve of us into her room at one time, as she laid there. I really hope I never have to see a family member like that again. But with all that said the Drs said she did great, no blood transfusions and if not for a wee bit of a pickle with some of the “plumbing” it was a perfect transplantation!
So we are now on the road to recovery. Luckily Lisa and Benji are on the same floor, in the same ward. Loreen and I urge them out of bed for walks every day, and once they spot each other the walk is theirs to take. Benji will work tirelessly now, replacing the muscle that he donated to his wife. Lisa will work tirelessly to get healthy. But it is so rewarding when the surgeon comes into her room and announces ” your liver is functioning perfectly”. That’s something we haven’t heard for so long it sounds alien. You have all walked with Lisa and Benji as they travelled this road, and hope that you walk with them as they take new steps!