Thursday, December 23, 2010

December 23, 2010

Again I have to apologize for my lack of posts over the last week. Mom has done so well in that time and has managed to impress her doctors and physical therapists with her progress. Just as we all knew would happen, Mom is awake and ready to get out and about as soon as possible. She is off of dialysis and has been for several days. Her kidneys are functioning very well at this point as are her joints.

The grafting that was done over her entire right arm has taken completely which, in and of itself, is a shock. Her hand specialist is very impressed with her mobility and the state of her hands so far. They removed the pins early this week and she is still able to wiggle her fingers independently and is currently working very hard to get them functioning as closely to normal as possible though we are several months away from an acceptable range.

She has been up on the tilt table standing and in the chair beside her bed for several hours over the last two days. The doctors have spoken with her and let her know that if she can get moving and work hard to get healthy she will get to leave the hospital much sooner. Just as we would expect of Mom, she is determined to hold her doctors to their word. Though she does tire quickly, she has continued to push herself so that she can rebuild her strength. She exercises her hands and tries to talk so that her vocal cords can stretch and strengthen her voice. In rebuilding her strength she has also shown incredible range of motion considering the fact that she had been sedated for close to three months.

They plan to put the negative pressure machines back on her legs over the next few days and leave them on for around two weeks so that the tissue on her legs can build up making them more fleshed out before grafting over her legs. They are happy with the tissue that has grown to protect her knee joints so far but are hoping for more with continued use of the negative pressure machines.

We have received our Christmas present early this year and could not have asked for a more special gift. Our entire family would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and hopes that the new year brings you the faith and miracles that we have been given over the last few months.


  1. Wonderful news.

    I hope that you and your family have a very Merry Christmas.

    Jen from Louisiana


  3. Wonderful news to read! May you all have a wondrous Christmas, and that 2011 be a healthy year for all of you!

  4. Thank you Trina and Bobby for a most encouraging report. Thanks be to God and His many angels who continue to pray; sending love and encouragement as Nadine works so hard on her complete recovery. Nadine is a brilliant light of Faith, Hope, Love and an inspiration to all who knew her before Sept. 16th and to the many who have come to know and love her through your most gracious blog. Trina, thank you for sharing your precious Mom, she is truly a Gift to treasure. Thank you Lord for all of the blessings you have brought to the many wonderful people who have been touched by Nadine and Bobby Durham's miraculous story. We pray for your continued wisdom, guidance, and protection for the entire family as they move forward to complete recovery.......shining even brighter.

  5. Praise the Lord! Thank you Jesus.

    still praying for your family, and your mamma.

    Reese, from Dallas.

  6. I am so so very Happy to read your news on Nadine. I too have received my Christmas present and that was to have and be able to enjoy my wonderful friend that I love so much. Nadine you are my Angel on earth. The only other Angel I have ever known that comes close to you is my wonderful mom that is my Angel in Heaven. I Miss you so much words can not convey. But we will have plenty time for that. Love all of you. May God bless you and keep watch over you always. Love KK

  7. Thank you for this wonderful report. It was the best Christmas gift to all of us who continue to pray for your Mom. You have all been pushed to the limit so please take care of yourselves as Nadine continues to heal. Our prayers will not stop.

  8. A wonderful Merry Christmas present to the Durham family!! Prayer is powerful medicine and has made this holiday a very special one! Love and Peace to all of you!

  9. How wonderful to read of her progress! Merry Christmas indeed :)

    Prayers and well wishes coming from my family to yours way over here in BC Canada!

  10. Wonderful news I hope your Mom continues to improve. Please wish her a Merry Christmas and a happy new year and to your whole family as well.

  11. Praying for you and your Mom here in Nebraska. May the baby Jesus bless all of you this Christmas season.

  12. Merry Christmas! MY prayers are still with you on this journey.

  13. How wonderful! Following your blog thanks to NieNie and have been so eager to read an update. You're on my bookmarks toolbar and every day I've been checking, hoping to see a new date!
    Many many many many people are praying and pulling for you.
    Nelie, Chesterfield, Missouri