Posted by: davidalemmink | November 8, 2008

Saturday, November 8

Just a short post tonight as today was a much calmer day than yesterday.

We played catch-up a little bit as David was extra tired today.  I guess all that happened yesterday was too much and he had trouble sleeping last night.  I believe having the epidural removed was a big part of that.  The epidural masked much of the pain.  Having it removed, David did experience more uncomfortable sensations and pain.  Sometime this afternoon, the nurse brought in a pain patch that should last about 3 days.  That seems to have done the trick as he no longer is needing to use the morphine pump.  The morphine seemed to make him loopy.  With the patch, he is no longer experiencing that loopy side effect.

Today, other than the normal checks made by the nurses, the only unusual event was an x-ray around 8:30 this morning.

It’s around 8:00 p.m. now, and we have already taken 4 walks.  I will convince him to go one more time before we hit the hay.  The more ambulatory he is the better!

Other than that, it was uneventful and quiet and a bit boring!  We are in this tiny room, which feels kind of cave-like.

One thing we did do was watch the Penn State vs. U of Iowa football game today.  It was exciting, because in the last 5 seconds, Penn State was ahead 23 to Iowa’s 21.  In the last couple of seconds, Iowa kicked a field goal and it was good!  EXCITING! The crowd went wild!!!  Being here at the University of Iowa, that was really fun!

Hopefully tonight we will get a good night’s sleep and tomorrow David will feel much stronger!

Thanking God for His blessings, and thanking you for your love and support.

Love, Connie



  1. We’re so excited to read of all the great progress you are making! We are praying for you both! Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

    We love you.

  2. Always great to hear of progress. I guess every day you stay there will make your journey home a bit easier. Keep up the good work!

    Love, John

  3. I can attest to the value of pain patches myself, and I’m so glad that Dave got one.

    Being a native Iowan but not a sports fan, I was really happy to hear about Iowa’s surprise victory!

    It’s 8:20 pm here and there’s snow on the ground (a very small amount), by the way.

    I’m hoping you both get a good night’s sleep.


  4. Hello Dave & Connie:

    This is exciting news! Glad to hear Dave has a good coach in his corner regarding his walks.

    I had to laugh about your description of the room being “cave like”. I’ve felt like that too, and your observation hits the mark.

    Besides cheering pro-ball today, I’m doing a cheer for Dave 🙂

    Stay cozy!

  5. As always, thinking of you and wishing you the very best.


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