Everyone thank you so much for all your prayers, candle light energy and beauty that I received and I think the whole world received really. So we all benefitted that is the beauty of this Journey we're walking it all together.
I am home now very well taken care of and today I can truly say is the first day I feel well. And my friends say I look well too that's truly a compliment.
Let's celebrate Thanksgiving in great gratitude for all that you are and then we together are giving to everyone all beings everywhere this wondrous emptiness filled with love and gratitude.
She is home, doing pretty well. Slow and tender in body and energy.
Marlies will be leaving the hospital this afternoon. She is still very weak and has rounds of pain that are very challenging for her. Lindy thinks that being home with lots of good food and love will get her strength back. She has the most lovely bedroom where the sun is in her room most of the day and a cat that loves her and just lays with her in prayers for hours, that's going to help a lot. Fresh flowers and a lowered bed are waiting for her. A 'food train' has been organized.
Getting stronger and her movements are more confident. Still sleeping a lot and she is periodically upset by the pain. Pain control is improving with energy work, acupressure, people sending healing love and pain pills.
She wasn't eating much untill Pralaya brought a thermos of freshly made delicious organic vegetables and chicken bone broth soup, that perked her up. Good nutritious food helps!
Marlies continues to do well, and her strength is building.
She transitioned from IV pain meds to the oral pain meds, but she does still have periods of pain. She has started to eat and her digestion is good. Her new kidney is functioning well!
A possible Sunday home-coming is being considered. Michael is a true hero, staying with her at night. Brenda went home last night and was doing ok.
Lindy and Michael have been texting the updates and the whole team has been fantastic. We continue to receive emails with well wishes for Marlies and gratitude for the team as well.
This morning's report:
Marlies is doing well and so is her new kidney! Her creatine level (means kidney function) has gone down to normal, which means the kidney is working well. Today she has been unhooked from the oxygen and catheter and is receiving less IV fluids. And the epidural catheter is coming out as well. She has walked a few times now.
Yesterday was more challenging with pain, but the doctor said she has way less pain than is normal for this kind of surgery. Michael was able to do some very light accupressure points for pain, which made a big difference for her.
Last night she slept better than the night before. Later today she will try her first solid food.
With all the doctors coming and going, she has been getting a little over stimulated (sent her blood pressure up).
Because Marlies needs to heal, it is best that she does not receive any visitors in the hospital, thank you for your understanding. Marlies' immune system is very low right now, as is to be expected and all focus is on her healing.
The team of caregivers, 'advocates' are amazing and please know that Marlies is well taken care of.
Michael is with Marlies just about day and night, except for getting some sleep at the nearby airb&b. Marlies walked today and is feeling more challenged than the previous days as the body heals and there's some pain.
She's being a trooper. Brenda is as far as we know also doing better with moments of pain herself that seem pretty difficult. They are on the same hallway about five rooms apart which makes it easy to visit both.
Marlies was read to by Michael slowly all the names of people who sent their well wishes and love. She nodded with each name and sometimes teared up. She thanks everyone and asks to keep sending your prayers.
She says she can feel everyone's prayers and she is in gratitude for them.
Marlies' return home is expected to be Sunday, Monday or Tuesday, and is being prepared.
Michael stayed with Marlies overnight.
Marlies has gotten up to sit and later today will be getting up to walk. She seems tired but all indications are good, she is getting better slowly over time.
Her spirit is pretty well, not too much pain. We are keeping watch over her and Brenda that they are not alone in the hospital for more than a short bit. Some of the team is very tired. I have requested more news, and as it comes in, it will be posted.
Marlies is doing well. Lindy and Mary have gone to get some rest after their heroic efforts.
Marlies left the post anesthesia intensive care unit to her room. She got what she wanted, a private room. She is alert, oriented and in good spirits and made some phone calls.
The surgeon just came out to tell that Brenda, Marlies' kidney donor, is out of surgery and everything went perfectly!!