The Struggle Has Ended

Greg Hewlett passed away on January 17th after nearly eight years of battling colon cancer. While we grieve his loss, we are comforted to know that he is with his Lord.

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Sunday, January 7, 2007

Fast escape?

The chest drainage number that has to be low for me to leave was remarkably low today. As a result, to my surprise, they decided to pull the chest tube and told me I might be leaving tomorrow. Wow. I was originally told the tube would be in four or five days. In addition, I got a bunch of other unpleasant stuff unhooked today. This morning I woke up tethered to the hospital room with nine tubes and wires. Tonight I have only two. When we hit zero, I can bolt.

The last major thing left is to pull the epidural and work with oral meds until the pain can be managed. When they find the right dosage and mix for pain to be well under control, I can leave. They began the process tonight by capping off the catheter without removing it and giving me some oxycodone and super-tylenol. They will follow me closely through the night into tomorrow.


Leslie said...

I'll be praying that you are completely untethered and that the right pain management meds are figured out soon.

Jim Williams said...

Looks like you are indeed one of the Lord's miracles. Praise God for your speedy recovery from surgery. I pray that things will continue to go well for you.

Belle Petkas said...

You are truly amazing!!! What an answer to prayer that you are recovering so quickly and so well. Thanks for keeping us posted so eloquently. I really wanted to see Sir Koff-A-Lot using one of those lung exercise gadgets! I pray that they will be able to get the meds adjusted so that you can "bolt" ASAP. Give Christine our love.

Connie said...

What an awesome miracle our God has done .. We're so happy for you.. We've been testifying all over the place, as people are hungry for what God is still doing.. and truly your story gives them hope for their own situations. Thanks for sharing so candidly.. You and our HEALER/Master Physician are our HEROS!

Dan & Syd said...

Greg and Cristine--
Dan and I read your blogs and remind ourselves that our minor aches and pains are nothing --in comparison.We are truly amazed at your strength and faith--what an example you guys are.
That being said--pain sucks!!:-( And we pray constantly for both of you .