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Mr. Zombie

April 8th, 2009

Thank you for the kind words for Mr. Zombie (I love that and think I’m going to start calling him that!). I read Mr. Z your comments last night and it made him smile. I usually don’t like sharing too much of my personal/family life online, and feel kinda weird about it… but here goes. Mr. Zombie’s incision area from his January’s knee reconstruction surgery became infected. A trip to the ER on Sunday - landed him in the hospital. A surgery on Monday (while I was still in AZ), and a second one scheduled for today. Mr. Zombie’s stats (please don’t ask me to name them) are still really low - scary low. If he continues… they will put him in the ICU. Right now at this moment they are up, and we hope they continue to stay there. Fingers crossed.

Also keeping our fingers crossed that today’s surgery does the trick. If the infection is the result of the donor bone he received in January… then docs have to go in, take it out… and start alllllllll over again. It’s been a long, long, long recovery for Mr. Z, and to do it all over again would be heartbreaking. Your good donor mojo thoughts (or better yet… *dono mojo* thoughts) are so much appreciated and we thank you so, so, so much!

Mackenzie Hall

Update 4/8 6pm: Good thoughts are WORKING! Mr. Z’s stats are up and close to normal. He even ate half of his dinner (and I ate the other half… and it was pretty good actually). Little things = big blessings. I’ve been reading the newly named Mr. Z your notes, and it makes us both smile and is better then any RX. And I’m totally jacked on calling him Mr. Z from now on. Hopefully by tomorrow we find out about this bone and the infection, but we’re very optimistic. THANK YOU!!! xoxo, m

Mackenzie Hall

Update 4/9 noonish:
We still don’t have word what the infection is (labs still running it), but docs are pretty positive the donor bone can stay. THANK GOODNESS. Mr. Z (that’s growing on him too) may get to go home tomorrow, with 6-8 weeks of home IV antibiotics and weekly visits from a home nurse. Something called a “PICC line” was just installed as an IV “port” (his peripherals, cracking myself up). Really nifty and it sure beats 6-8 weeks in the hospital! OHSU is a wonderful place… but home is always best. And I won’t have to drive so far. Though home doesn’t have a 24/7 cafeteria - oh how will I manage.

I was feeling so weird about posting such personal stuff. I’m so glad I did. The outpouring of love in the comments and emails is really wonderful. Our hearts runnith over. Especially when I know peeps who are living through stuff far, far, far worse then us - and to give us love and comfort… it’s all the more special. Worthy of super-sized 5XL large and bold font…. THANK YOU!

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63 Responses

  1. The fabulous Julie Isa allegedly said:

    Wishing him all the best! Take care!

  2. The fabulous Amy allegedly said:

    Prayers heading your way!

  3. The fabulous Mary on Lake Pulaski allegedly said:

    Wishing you good results today and fast healing.

  4. The fabulous rachel allegedly said:

    mr. zombie is definitley in my thoughts & prayers.

  5. The fabulous staci allegedly said:

    Sending get well soon thoughts to Mr. Zombie!

  6. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    Ooohhh, it all sounds very scary Ms. Monica. Maybe Mr. Zombie needs the sisters to come and scare that crap out of his knee? I hope he gets better SOON!

  7. The fabulous Jodi allegedly said:

    Anna you crack me up! LOL Thoughts and prayers are with you guys. Tell the nurses to be nice. ;o) ooxx`jod

  8. The fabulous Roseann allegedly said:

    Thinking good thoughts that he’ll have a speedy recovery without having to do it all again.

  9. The fabulous Amanda allegedly said:

    I’ve got chills thinking about what you and your husband are going through.

    Gee. I was thinking about you all week having fun with your friends while in your flip flops while I’ve been cleaning out several rooms and freezing! I’m so sorry that this has happened.

    You’re like me, you don’t like to blog about the bad things going on. I’m so glad you did though.

    Please know that Mr. Z and your family are in my prayers. Let us know how he’s doing, when you get time.

  10. The fabulous Penny G allegedly said:

    I will pray that Mr. Zombie gets better and that the infection does not involve the donor bone. I will also add you to that prayer so that you will have the emotional strength to help him through this.

  11. The fabulous louise allegedly said:

    oh sp - poor mr zee. love and thoughts from the south pacific for a quick turnaround. oh so boring for him - get him stitching and he’ll understand when you tell him you just didn’t know where the time went!

    happy easter xxx

  12. The fabulous AnyoneCanQuilt allegedly said:

    Oh no! My hubby finally got my computer working and my first visit back to your blog has this news. Sending lots of prayers and get well wishes his way. xoxo

  13. The fabulous Loraine Jezak allegedly said:

    I really hope Mr. Z recovers soon. It must be so stressful for you! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  14. The fabulous Candace allegedly said:

    Oh - Monica - I’m back from being away to find this! Poor Mr. Zombie! Please tell him Mr. Squash and I are thinking of him and we’ll keep Hello Joe-Joe close by just for extra measure!

  15. The fabulous Julie Bergmann allegedly said:

    Wow! Sorry to hear about Mr.Z. Prayers are being sent your way!


  16. The fabulous Dandelion Quilts allegedly said:

    That is a terrible story. I hope the fact that his stats are climbing means that he is on the other side of this. Best wishes.

  17. The fabulous Jennifer from NY allegedly said:

    Thinking of you and Mr. Zombie, and sending prayers and healing vibes your way! luv, Jen

  18. The fabulous jennydee allegedly said:

    There once was a man, Mr Z
    Who had some gunk in his knee
    He tried the new bone
    Now he just wants to go home.
    He’s tired of this surgery

    All the girls at MSQC say Get better soon!

  19. The fabulous Jeannie allegedly said:

    Give Mr. Z a huge hug from me. Sending healing wishes, warm thoughts, and a lot of prayers your way. Take care of yourself too!

  20. The fabulous Dorrie allegedly said:

    Good news on the update. . .I’m so glad for both of you! Scary medical stuff is the absolute worst. My best to both of you and Mr. Z. Rest and take care.

  21. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    Get well Mr. Z!!! Seriously I am not kidding.

  22. The fabulous Cheryl allegedly said:

    Thinking all good thoughts to both you Zombies. Sounds like really, really good news. Hugs to you both.

  23. The fabulous Cheryl allegedly said:

    PS - the above was written after your UPDATE!!!

  24. The fabulous Karen allegedly said:

    Thoughts and prayers for your husband. Thinking positive, happy zombie thoughts too.

  25. The fabulous Jane Weston allegedly said:

    Hope you Mr Z is back on his feet soon.

    Take care and (((hugs))) of happy thoughts ;o)

  26. The fabulous Shawn allegedly said:

    Thinking happy thoughts for you and Mr Zombie, get well soon!

  27. The fabulous Jackie allegedly said:

    Sounds like Mr. Z is getting his mojo back! That is fantastic news!

  28. The fabulous Nancy allegedly said:

    Glad things are working for the better. My FIL had to have his new knee fiddled with (He wasn’t doing his exercises the way he should).

    Hugs to Mr. Zombie and hugs to you also!!! The nurse always needs a few extra.


  29. The fabulous raesha allegedly said:

    Sending a huge dose of DONO MOJO to Mr Z…..all our love and hugs to him and hugs and kisses to you….LOVE YOU!

  30. The fabulous blop allegedly said:

    I’m so happy that things are turning around! BTW,
    Mr. Z is a lot better than Mr.T….since he doesn’t have to wear the bling!!
    Hugs to you both!

  31. The fabulous Mary Anne Drury allegedly said:

    Yay Mr. Z !
    Rah Mr. Z !
    YAY RAH Mr. Z !!!! (picture a cartwheel here)

    I dug up my BEST cheer from my cheerleading days (now I’m exhausted cause that was buried WAY WAY back in my brain!!!)

    Anywho …. HAPPY to hear the stats are getting back where they belong ….. next thing you know they’ll be sending in the physical terrorist (er therapist) to haul Mr. Z out of bed (and if they’re short staffed due to the upcoming Easter holiday …. yours truly is available …. just have to hop across the country …. (ha! get it ? HOP ! me and the Easter Bunny!!) …. anyway I just completed a continuing ed course on “Knee Torture” and I’d love to experiment on Mr. Z !!!!(insert evil laughter here).

    Hope all continues to go well!!

  32. The fabulous Mary allegedly said:

    As a woman who has spent quite a bit of time with the Hubbs in the Hospital in the last year, I wish you both the best and hope that your food (especially if you’re sharing it) is a tad better than ours was.

    You go Mr. Z!

  33. The fabulous cindy allegedly said:

    OMG! Wow, you guys have been going through a lot lately. I’m so happy to hear that Mr Z (TZ, is a lot like TJ) is feeling better and that the surgery was successful. Give him a big giant xobxob from me.

  34. The fabulous Carla allegedly said:

    I’m sending healing thoughts to Mr. Z and hope it’s soon!!

  35. The fabulous Wylie allegedly said:

    Praying for swift recovery and complete healing!

  36. The fabulous Lori Holt allegedly said:

    Oh my gosh monica-
    i just got back in town and read about your scary news. It sounds like things are on the way to better news, i sure hope so.
    You and Mr.Z hang in there - my prayers are with both of you:)

  37. The fabulous Nanna J allegedly said:

    I’m glad I decided to check up on you this morning! Poor Mr. T Man Z, and poor you! I’m sending healing thoughts and mojo your way. I’m glad that his stats are up, and pretty soon, he’ll be back home and on the mend…..for real, this time!

  38. The fabulous Natys allegedly said:

    You should call him Mr.Zombie from now on hahaha
    I hope the best for him and im sending you both a lot of strength from here (Argentina)

    Best of the luck

  39. The fabulous Bonnie allegedly said:

    I know you’re totally jacked on calling him “Mr. Z”, but, if memory serves, isn’t he something like “Captain” Z, or “Commander” Z?
    Hope these next few days are a positive turn-around for “the knee” — you’re both in many prayers up here in Seattle!!!!

  40. The fabulous Autum allegedly said:

    Prayers and good dono mojo thoughts are going out for you and Mr. Z! {{{{{hugs}}}}}

  41. The fabulous Susan Ramey Cleveland allegedly said:

    So sorry to hear of Mr. Z’s infection. I’ll say a prayer that he’s soon well and doing the hokey pokey.

  42. The fabulous elizabeth allegedly said:

    Oh noes!! Poor Mr. Z! Just saw Pam and she’s giving me updates and I’ve been so out of the loop I didn’t even know anything was WRONG…so I’ll have to give extra doses of good wishes to make up for the lapse.

  43. The fabulous Sarah allegedly said:

    Good thoughts headed your way!

  44. The fabulous Dawn Heese allegedly said:

    Wishing for a speedy recovery. Infections can be so nasty.

  45. The fabulous AnyoneCanQuilt allegedly said:

    Mr.Z has been constantly in my thoughts. I’m so glad to hear that things are looking up! I wish we lived closer so I could bring by a casserole. xx

  46. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    Glad to hear that. My aunt also had the home IV and a visiting nurse.
    You will probably have to give him his treatments yourself unless you can find someone to do it.
    Continued thoughts on a speedy recovery.

  47. The fabulous cindy allegedly said:

    Hey, does Mr Z know you’re talking about his peripherals online?? tee hee I hope you guys are on your way home to rest right now! I hope you got to take advantage of IKEA, TJ’s, FD and Uwajimaya while you were taking those trips to OHSU. :)

  48. The fabulous Candace allegedly said:

    Monica and Mr. Z….so happy to hear the fantastic news! And Mr. Z - it took some time for my Mr. Squash to get used to his new name - now he uses it first person! Sending Squash House Love….

  49. The fabulous Sharon allegedly said:

    Monica, Mr.Z is so lucky to have Mrs. Z. as his nurse at the Zombie castle. I cant think of anyone better to take care of him and his “bone” problem. lolol Ok sorry I shouldnt have gone there with that one. :-) I’m sending big hugs and prayers for both you and Mr. Z and his bone. I hope it all goes well, Joe Joe and I will be praying for a speedy recovery.

  50. The fabulous Kathleen allegedly said:

    I’m glad to hear Mr. Z is on the mend. Hope you’re both doing well : )

  51. The fabulous Karen allegedly said:

    Monica, I hope you and Z-Man are home and he’s on the mend. Thinking of you.

  52. The fabulous Jona allegedly said:

    Sheesh Monica! You guys are going through it! I will definitely be praying for The Z Man. Hang in there (I’ll try to send some sunshine your way)!

  53. The fabulous kirsty allegedly said:

    Gosh, I’ve been out of the loop! I’m so sorry to hear about this awful experience, but glad that things seem to be on the up.

  54. The fabulous Amanda allegedly said:

    I’m so glad you are keeping us posted!

    I’m also happy to hear the good news! I will continue to pray for both of you.

  55. The fabulous MichelleB allegedly said:

    I just got back from vacation and read this. I will be sending good thoughts your way! I’m so glad that he continues to improve.

  56. The fabulous Sharon allegedly said:

    HAPPY EASTER Monica. I hope things are better at home for you and the Mister.

  57. The fabulous mo allegedly said:

    Sounds like things are looking up! I will send good wishes that they continue that way. I don’t know about OHSU but Emanuel has a great cafeteria!

  58. The fabulous jam allegedly said:

    Sorry to hear about Mr Z’s bad knee and infection, but glad that he seems to be healing and will be home with a picc line soon. Good wishes to both of you from a cold, rainy midwest. Wish I lived close by so I could drop off dinner so you didn’t have to cook.

  59. The fabulous Laura allegedly said:

    Sorry to hear about Mr. Z. I am in Seattle visitng with family and finding our future home. We put in an offer and they’ve accepted it. Just wanted to log on to show Mark’s aunt your blog. I’m driving a VOLVO! I’ll keep checking for updates. Send Mr. Z our wishes for a speedy recovery!

  60. The fabulous Sarah allegedly said:

    Hi Monica, so glad to hear Mr Z is feeling a little better, sending best wishes from Down Under your way. x

  61. The fabulous jodi allegedly said:

    I hope this finds Mr. Z home and on the road to recovery. I follow your blog so that I still get some insight into what’s up in Oregon. We just relocated from Dallas OR to minnesota a month ago and still miss the weather and the beauty, but this is where family is. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.

  62. The fabulous Doe allegedly said:

    Sorry I’ve been MIA but I’m glad everything is looking up for Mr. Z. *big bear hugs to both of you!*

  63. The fabulous Natalie allegedly said:

    Speaking of being late… looks like I showed up late and have not been keeping up. What an ordeal you and Mr. Z have been through. For good measure I will add my best wishes and loving prayers. Stay healthy, be safe.

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