Alison’s status
Thursday January 15th 2009, 6:46 pm
Filed under: Crohn's flare

To use her own words, “I don’t feel very good.”. Last night we had a scare when her fever spiked up to 104.3F. We got it back down, but they did not like that. Today was labs, CT scan, x-rays, and consultations. She is getting 4 liters of fluids as we have failed to bully her into drinking enough. We are waiting on the medicine to let her body heal.

To those who wonder, I did the original post while at Urgent Care waiting on the IVs to drain into her as she dozed.  She has asked me to post when she could not, and she was not at all up to it today.  I showed the post to her, but I am not sure she really could read it.   Mobile devices can make your life easier sometimes, and posting the status gave me something to do the 6 hrs we were there.  I also introduced my mother-in-law to the joys of an iTouch by letting her watch “The Curse of the Were Rabbit” while Alison slept.  Gotta love Wallace and Grommit.  Besides Grommit Knits.

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Thank you for the update. Prayers continue. Give her love from us, please.

Comment by Kristine 01.15.09 @ 6:47 pm

Thank you for the update. Dje is not out of the woods, yet, is she.

Please let her know there are a LOT of people praying for her all across this continent.

Hugs to all of you!

Comment by karin 01.15.09 @ 6:51 pm

(So sorry about the misprint up there. I meant to sat “she is”.)

Comment by karin 01.15.09 @ 6:52 pm

Thank you for the update, Richard. I am so touched that in the midst of all of this, you take the time to post. She is, of course, in my prayers and my prayer circle. I am knitting socks inspired by Julia’s shawl. Every stitch is a prayer.

Comment by Linda W 01.15.09 @ 6:55 pm

Richard, thank you for keeping us posted. I continue to pray for Alison. Give her my love.

Comment by Joansie 01.15.09 @ 7:02 pm

Thank you Richard for taking time out to keep us updated during this super stressful time. I am praying for you and Mom and family too. Alison’s body has a big job of healing and hitting a healthy balance between its manic immunity drive and the Humira trying to calm it down.

Drink your water Alison!!!

Love & Gentle Hugs,

Comment by Gretchen 01.15.09 @ 7:26 pm

Thanks for keeping us posted, Richard. Best wishes to you all.

Comment by RobinM 01.15.09 @ 7:34 pm

You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers…thank you for the update and Alison, know that you’re being thought of constantly!
Get well soon!!!

Comment by Abby 01.15.09 @ 7:41 pm

Thank you Rich for taking the time to update us all. Alison continues to be in my prayers.

Comment by Eileen 01.15.09 @ 7:54 pm

thank you for the update – tell her to do everything the doctor says even if it is hard – we will bully her too — along with our prayers 😉

Comment by rho1640 01.15.09 @ 8:02 pm

Wow, that’s a high fever! Hope the Docs can help get her fever down and fluids up.
Hang in there both of you 🙂


Comment by Bev 01.15.09 @ 8:09 pm

Oh, my, how scary! And I, too, thank you for the update. I find myself checking a few times a day, and sending positive healing thoughts your way each time I look for an update. Prayers continue!

Comment by Pegi 01.15.09 @ 8:30 pm

As always, love to you all. <3

Comment by Amy 01.15.09 @ 8:41 pm

That is very scary, please drink more fluids.

I will keep praying.

Comment by sonya 01.15.09 @ 8:41 pm

Thanks, Richard, as I had her on my mind and heart. Be sure to take care of yourself, too.
Love and hugs to you both!

Comment by Barbara-Kay 01.15.09 @ 8:44 pm

Rich, you’re a prince among men that you would take the time to update Alison’s blog so that we can know how our friend is progressing. I continue to pray for Alison, and all of the family. Give her a gentle hug for us all. Shelly

Comment by shellyh 01.15.09 @ 9:41 pm

((((Richard & Alison)))) in our prayers.Darcy & Tom

Comment by Darcy 01.15.09 @ 10:02 pm

Love you. Hang in there. The girls continue to pray for you and that the medicine will do its job.

Libby turned 17 today…

Comment by morgan 01.15.09 @ 10:15 pm

Richard, thank you so much for taking time to keep us posted. Hugs, blessings and prayers to you, Alison & Mom.


Comment by Candy 01.15.09 @ 10:28 pm

Karin, you should have said across “MANY continents”!

I hope that wait for the medicine to kick in isn’t much longer and the healing begins very, very soon.

Comment by LynnM 01.16.09 @ 12:00 am

Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers!

Comment by AmyS 01.16.09 @ 1:08 am

Heartfelt prayers and very best wishes to you all at this time – hugs from New Zealand!

Comment by Donna 01.16.09 @ 3:15 am

“Because Grommit Knits.” Are trying to make me cry?

We love you Alison. Drink your water. Get better. It’s okay to be bullied by people that love you. Honest.

Comment by afton 01.16.09 @ 4:54 am

Richard, I can’t wait to hear that Alison is well enough to laugh at Wallace and Gromit’s adventure in “A Matter of Loaf and Death” where they become bakers and encounter a “cereal” killer.

Comment by LynnM 01.16.09 @ 4:54 am

Thank you so much for the update. We’re keeping you in our prayers daily. Thank the Lord for your family!

Comment by Toni Smoky-Mountains 01.16.09 @ 6:19 am

Richard, what can we do to help YOU through this surreal experience where time stands still…but yet it doesn’t??? We are all here for both you and Alison(and all other assorted relatives!).

Healing vibes…healing vibes…healing vibes…knitting needles soothingly clacking away…

Comment by Betsy 01.16.09 @ 6:20 am

Thanks for the update on the update.
You are a trooper.
And I saw that electronic device of yours when I met you in Burlington. 🙂

Hope she’s better this morning.

At least she doesn’t have to contend with -12 degrees F like us…trying to stay warm on top of trying to stay upright would be brutal.

Prayers continue.

Comment by karin 01.16.09 @ 6:29 am

I was so worried when I read of the fever, and I hate to say that I was worried about just this happening. Dang, dang, dang (language cleaned up on that one).

My 6y.o. son said to tell you that he’s praying for you, too, and we made sure to pray extra hard last night. All these prayers, good vibes, and love are wending their way and helping you fight that fever.

You are well loved. Keep fighting.

Comment by Carina 01.16.09 @ 6:41 am

Bless you, Richard. Your posts keep us from worrying more. Prayers continue…

Comment by Channon 01.16.09 @ 6:47 am

Thank you for the update. Alison and family, I send you more prayers and wishes for recovery as soon as possible. You all have been through so much. Please hang in there and draw on each other’s strength and love. Words are inadequate but heartfelt.


Comment by Beth 01.16.09 @ 7:11 am

Richard, boring sure beats terrifying. I’m glad Alison could doze while the IV pumped in the fluids. I’m glad you could watch a movie instead of spending the entire time in frantic worry. Hold on. I hope things will settle down soon and Alison can really start to heal.
Laura Nielsen

Comment by Laura 01.16.09 @ 7:30 am

Thanks for the update. Take care of yourself too while you’re taking such good care of Alison. I keep checking in and am looking forward to the post that says Alison is in the clear. You’re in my thoughts.

Comment by amy 01.16.09 @ 8:00 am

Thank you, Richard. Still praying that this medicine is really going to work for her. She’s such a trooper.

Comment by Bonnie 01.16.09 @ 8:04 am

Medicine – get working!!
Healing thoughts coming from NJ!

Comment by Sue H 01.16.09 @ 8:08 am

Richard, thank you for the update. Please give her a gentle hug. Prayers continuing.

Comment by sherry in idaho 01.16.09 @ 8:11 am

I’m thinking of you and your family, Alison and Richard. And waiting impatiently along with everyone else for the Humira to get working!

Comment by Michelle 01.16.09 @ 8:36 am

Our thoughts are with BOTH of you–sending hugs & all good wishes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by Toni 01.16.09 @ 8:40 am

Thank you for posting Richard. ::gentle hugs:: and healing thoughts out to the two of you.

Comment by Alicia 01.16.09 @ 8:54 am

I was just dialing down the worry meter, but it’s ramped uo again.

Please drink. Try hot water with a small slice (like a quarter of a pretty thin slice) of lemon – it’s refreshing and the lemon works on the homeopathic principle and soothes the stomach. Might work?

Thinking of you. Sending light.

Comment by Lene 01.16.09 @ 9:28 am

Thank you Richard for the update. I continue to pray for Alison, you and your entire family. I have great faith that Alison will get well soon. You are her rock and being there for her is the greatest healing gift you can give her. God Bless all of you. Hugs to all of you. Bonnie

Comment by Bonnie 01.16.09 @ 9:39 am

Richard – I’m close enough if there is actually anything practical you need done, my email is in the post, please let me know. In the mean time thank you so much for being with her and please deliver a kind thought and a hug from me, as she is not currently able to take them from the screen.


Comment by Mary 01.16.09 @ 9:40 am

Hoping today is a good day for you. Sending prayers and hugs.

Comment by LisaK 01.16.09 @ 10:06 am

Richard isn’t iTouch the best – I have some Monk episodes on mine along with a few books and music 🙂

Sending prayers and good healing thoughts out as I type.

Comment by rho1640 01.16.09 @ 10:22 am

I echo the heartfelt thanks for the update, Richard. You all are still very much in my thoughts and prayers. Hope all will be well soon. Love, peace, and blessings to you all…

Comment by Paula 01.16.09 @ 11:47 am

Yes, you do have to love Wallace and Grommit.

Comment by sonya 01.16.09 @ 12:58 pm

Continued thoughts of peace and healing …

Comment by sunflowerfairy 01.16.09 @ 1:33 pm

Thanks, Richard for keeping us updated when Alison can’t. Thanks, too, to you and Mom for being there to help her through this rough patch. She’s going to have that perfect 300 game soon!!! Is it time for chicken soup? Certainly would taste better than that barium stuff.
Hugs, prayers and love,

Comment by Nancy 01.16.09 @ 2:05 pm

Thank you, Richard, for the news. Even if it isn’t what we hoped to hear, it’s much better than not hearing. Our prayers continue to be with all of you.

Comment by Kit 01.16.09 @ 2:16 pm

Dear Rich, Alison and I had emails not that long ago marveling that we both had such wonderful husbands. I knew it then, and I know it now, even though I’ve never actually met you – you are an amazing man. Thank you.

Comment by Linda W 01.16.09 @ 2:28 pm

Thank you for the updates. I appreciate it, and will continue to say prayers.

Love to you…

Comment by Amanda 01.16.09 @ 2:39 pm

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