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December 8, 2010 - Walked Two Laps!

Hi Everyone!

I'm on my way to get some lunch, but just wanted to stop and give the "daily update" that you all are so kind to care about :)

Just a little while ago, Greg walked TWO laps around the nursing unit with just a couple quick rests along the way! Yesterday, he walked one lap, two times! He is in pain and is fatigued but is so motivated to get up and get moving :) He still seems to be on track for discharge on Friday, as far as we know. Today, they are supposed to take the dialysis catheter out of his chest, but I'm not sure when they'll do that. He also needs to have the pacer wires removed. It was exciting to see that as he walked, his heart was able to respond to the activity and raised from 76 to 82! Isn't it amazing that less than two weeks after implant, it's getting in rhythm with his body? Just amazing! The rhythm remains steady and solid without any IV medication assistance! Tomorrow, he will have his second biopsy, so please pray for more good results. They've been backing off on his steroids, which is wonderful, and is allowing his blood sugars to remain in good control without a lot of insulin.

Elise is excitedly preparing for his homecoming on Friday! They will be able to decorate a Christmas tree (has to be artificial this year, but that's OK!) and just enjoy being home together after him being in the hospital for 2 months!

I'm planning to head back to PA tomorrow morning, knowing that he is definitely on the right track! There will be ups and downs for sure in the future, but the outlook is SO wonderful and he and Elise are SO ready to get on with life. THANK YOU for all the cards, packages, emails, texts and calls that continue to come in.... this has definitely been a season of miracles and blessings!

I won't be sending emails as frequently since I won't be here, but will keep you updated on big things as they happen. Elise usually posts updates on the blog, so don't forget to sign up for the automatic emails that come from that when she posts.

I hope you're having a great "over the hump day".... I feel like we are REALLY over the hump!

Love and thanks to all,

Greg's mom

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