This is Mad Dog. We hope you are all enjoying the winter holidays and that 2009 will be a happy and healthy year for one and all. (With many Scorpion shows for one and all.)
Again, since there are many questions from many kind forum members about Toshiko's current condition, I would just like to give a short update. The first night after her surgery, it appears that the inner sutures were stretched, causing internal bleeding in that area. When her outer stitches were removed on the 16th, the doctor decided to remove the pooled blood. First, he used a syringe but the blood was too thick, too coagulated for this so he made a cut and squeezed the blood out. This was extremely painful for Toshiko, especially since she did not expect it. The doctor had not explained what he was going to do. He then inserted a tube into her chest to allow the blood to drain and covered this with a massive wad of gauze.
Because of the gauze, pain, and medication, Toshiko (and I) were unaware that she had this tube until a nurse mentioned it that night when we visited the hospital for an IV for Toshiko. So we switched hospitals and doctors so that Toshiko could get better care. However, with the switch, we have had to jump from doctor to doctor because of the holiday season here in Japan. And I've come to relearn that some doctors are deaf to everything (i.e. their patients), except for what they hear through their stethoscope.
We did meet a wonderful nurse today and Toshiko will see her main caregiver tomorrow. So with Christmas Eve coming tomorrow, things are looking up.
And I pray that all things in your lives are just as positive.
If you put all your power into the job that you are given, you become an existance that emits a bright light, a light to illuminate this world.