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Hospital Day 1

Posted by laurie on January 31, 2013

Yesterday started out well. Laurie was alert and comfortable. In general her pain was 2/10 if she didn’t move but shot to 10/10 if she did move. She then started to experience more pain at about 12:00. This increased slowly until she was 6/10 even when she was still. Of course her neurologist husband, who is has been in medicine 28 years, is of no use what so ever and goes to visions of Sigourney Weaver every time Laurie winces, was freaking out. The surgeon came by and examined her. He was not concerned, adjusted her pain meds and Laurie was soon comfortable again.

I then went home to feed the boys and give them some attention. When I returned she had rolled onto her side and had used the spirometer to keep her lungs clear. HUGE strides forward. We are much relieved.

Thanks to Rita for keeping me calm. Thanks to all of you for your messages. I read them to her and she enjoyed them very much.

35 Responses to “Hospital Day 1”

  1. Thank you so much Philip for the updates. I want to let you know that we really appreciate you taking the time to post here.
    Hug Laurie and the boys for me. Keep up the great bed side reports

  2. Darlene said

    Best wishes to Laurie for a speedy recovery! Glad she is getting good care and is surrounded with lots of love and support. I am sure you are passing on beagle kisses to her…please add my two beagles to the list! I am a big fan in Calgary, Canada..

  3. deisert said

    The Eisert humans and beagle send best wishes for rapid healing and no pain for Laurie, and calmness for Phillip. This all sounds really unsettling to.go through.

    And thanks, too, to Rita for keeping the communication going.

  4. Sam and Sweetums' Mom said

    Keep using that spirometer and remember to turn, cough, deep breath every 2 hours. Hopefully you will be up soon so that everything else (like GI tract) will begin to function. Prayers for a smooth and speedy recovery

  5. Jacqui (a.k.a. Phoebe and Nathaniel's mom) said

    Thanks for the update, Phillip! Laurie, keep up the good word. We miss you! Jacqui

  6. Amy~Cobalt & Onyx's Mom said

    Thank you for the update Phillip. Continued prayers to Laurie.

  7. Linda UK said

    Many, many thanks Phillip for the update – I know I’m not alone when I say I’ve been thinking soooo much about Laurie. And, of course you & the boys too as it’s such a worrying time for you all. Keep up the good work, Laurie – we’re all rooting for you!

  8. Lynne said

    Oh yes that spirometer is so important as it was for me after my knee surgeries. Thank you so much for the progress reports Phillip. You can also add beagle kisses from our beagle Judy to the list. Comtinuing to pray for a speedy recovery.

  9. admathieu said

    So happy for the update. I have been thinking about both of you. Phillip, it’s ok to be out of your mind – being in the “biz” you know a lot – but it’s still your lovey in pain. Laurie, rest easy, I fear this may be a slower than desired recovery. It sounds horrible! We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Tinkerbell says, “I bet a tasty treat will make her better.” Ah, Beagle medicine!

  10. Leah said

    I am so glad that Laurie’s surgery was successful and pray she gets better and better with each passing day. Thank yall for letting us know what is going on. I know the boys are missing her!

  11. Sue ~ Barney , Jodi, & Huggy Bear's Mom said

    We so appreciate the update. I couldn’t get to my computer fast enough today. Sloppy Beagle & Bassedore kisses from Houston. Laurie, you, Phillip and the boys are in our prayers. Great job with the spirometer! BTW. Continued prayers for a quick recovery. I know the boys miss you terribly.

  12. Bailey & Gypsy & Trents dad said

    thanks for the update Phillip.
    enjoy the pain meds Laurie…

  13. Karen Spivey said

    Thank you for keeping us updated, Phillip. What would we do without our pack leaders? Glad Laurie is getting better. How many more days in the hospital, would you say?

  14. Jan said

    Hope Laurie’s recovery continues to go well! As a veteran of two emergency abdominal surgeries (one on a full stomach), I can vouch that it’s no fun and that pain meds are awesome. And having medical knowledge is a double-edged sword :-/ Virtual hugs and beagle kisses from Willow and her pack!

  15. Patr said

    I told George Burns and Gracie Allen that you had an ouwie, and they both says RUT RUT ROOOOOOO….. I think that translates to Get Well SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON. Or I want more kibble…. who knows for sure with beagles.

  16. FannieMae's Mom said

    Thank you for the updates. Best wishes to Laurie for a quick recovery. Enjoy the pain meds while you can.

  17. Kate (Gandolf's mom) said

    Thank you so much for the updates, Phillip. Continued prayers and good wishes for a very speedy recovery. I am sure the boys miss you very much, and vice versa. Rest easy.

  18. Cathy, Gomez, Lily & Mr. Peabz said

    Phillip, thank you so much for taking the time to update us – we’re all thinking of you guys and well, worrying. I’m REALLY glad to hear she’s using the spirometer and changing her position.

    The beags all send up-the-nose kisses (the best kind!) to you Laurie. Lily wants to give you a treat when you’re better. Mr Peabz would like to lip your fingers to cheer you up. Gomez was concerned that you’re confined to a crate and wearing an e-collar, but I reassured him on those points so he sends get well wags.

    • Patr said

      OMG! Up-The-Nose kisses – my yorkie does that and it is so dang fast. It’s a quick lick then a nose-nip and a ZOOM -> off to attack Gracie as she goes through the doggie door for SAFETY. The whole time George is in my lap, under the covers hoping to not be “CALLED” by Gracie.

    • harperlea said

      Really? Lily (as in Lily the Loaf, right?) wants to send a treat??? Or perhaps eat a treat in Laurie’s honor? 🙂

      Laughed at your description of Gomez’ concern for Laurie in an e-collar & crate 🙂

  19. Stephanie said

    We are thinking of you here in Georgia. Boy, I know how much it hurts to cough in that situation. I would refuse to do it until right after a big dose of pain medicine (3x veteran of abdomen surgery). All paws crossed for a quick recovery!

  20. Luana, Cody, and Henry said

    Laurie – I’m so glad to hear the pain meds are working and that things are going well for you. Hugs and prayers for a quick recovery!

    Philip – It’s good to hear that you have people (two-legged and four-legged) to help keep you calm and upbeat!

    Shermie and Stanley – Your mama will be home again soon to give you huggies and kissies. In the meantime, Cody and Henry are sending special beagle huggies and kissies to both of you!

  21. Kathleen, Shasta, Austin & Megan said

    I echo everyone else – thanks Phillip for the updates. Laurie we are all wishing you a fast recovery. My Megan just came home after gall bladder surgery and she says rest, take your meds and the PT (spirometer) is a must. And remember if you want anything, just bark!

  22. Julie - JB & Cassie's Mum in England said

    Thank you for keeping the Beagle Family updated Philip – we are all thinking of all of you, especially Laurie but we send hugs and kisses to you and the boys, who must be missing her so much. Let’s hope Laurie is back posting herself very soon!!

  23. Susan in DE said

    I agree with everyone else. Phillip, thanks for the updates and know that we’re all here to support you as well as Laurie. And here’s hoping Laurie continues to do well and recovers quickly.

  24. harperlea said

    I agree also… Thank you so very much Phillip for taking time to let us know what’s going on…

    Laurie: Hang in there!!!! Perhaps Phillip can dress up Sherman & Stanley with little red vests so they “appear” to be Service Dogs In Training and they can come visit you…

    Still sending thoughts, prayers, blessings, puppy slobbers & Cat binks (that’s Tang’s way of giving us “kisses”) from the Lash Pack in California….

    I finished Robert Crais “Suspect” last night … if anyone wants to know how it turned out let me know.

    • Good News about Laurie!!!

      Okay, a non-Laurie comment. Sorry.

      I was so inspired by your recommendation I went on and purchased Robert Crais first three books. You can buy used books for $4.00 ($.01 for the book and $3.99 for shipping—go figure). It takes a few weeks to get here.

      In the meantime I’m reading Wicked. I wanted to see the Musical when it was here but it was $200 for 2 and my husband was making a lot of faces. So I got the “used” book on Amazon for about $8. And I’m enjoying it. I read all the Wizard of Oz books when I was very young, so this is interesting.

      As far as “Suspect”— You know “The Brother Did it” I have a funny story about a John Grisham novel and someone announcing to a room of people “who did it” when we were all discussing how we wanted to read the book. I’ll tell you later.

  25. Paola said

    Poor Laurie! Sending best wishes for a speedy recovery from Australia.

  26. harperlea said


    America’s 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds

    The Beagle edges out the Golden Retriever in the top 10…
    Here’s what they printed: (very cute pictures, but I can’t seem to insert the link) (Labradors were No. 1 and German Shepards were No. 2… )

    3. Beagle

    By Erin SkardaFeb. 29, 20120

    Jody Trappe Photography / Getty Images
    In somewhat of a surprise move, the Beagle rose on this year’s most popular list, knocking the Yorkshire Terrier out of the number three position. We think that this heart-wrenching video might have been a factor, but in fact, the Beagle is the only breed to rank in the top 10 every year since its acceptance to the AKC registry in 1885. The Beagle is a happy pup that enjoys the company of other dogs and humans, even if it’s prone to follow its nose to mischief from time to time.

  27. margaret said

    I hope that you feel better soon Laurie

  28. Jeri said

    I’ve been thinking about both of you. I hope every day get better! Laurie, the sooner you’re better, the sooner you can be home with “The Boyz”! 🙂

  29. Scott and Scout said

    Good news…..thanks!

  30. Peggy Michaels said

    Oh poor Laurie, and poor you. It’s much tougher to be the caregiver, especially when you, Phillip, have medical knowledge. Your colleagues won’t pull any punches

    . Penny sends hugs and kisses. She will do a very special water bottle dance when Laurie comes home ( and it doesn’t hurt to laugh–happened to me after gallbladder surgery–My Sister, picking me up put on the speaker phone, and Mom pushed the wrong button when answering, making the machine talk in Spanish, while she is saying “Jesus Mary and Joseph”.)

    Laurie, try to imagine it’s happening to someone else. I find detaching is best .

  31. Peggy Michaels said

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