Monday, February 21, 2005

Paisley and F16 Fighter Pilots Visit

Bailey's friend Paisley is feeling better and came to spend time with Bailey today since they didn't have school. It was good to see her - they had a good time together. Paisley got to see how there are all kinds of people coming and going all day long.

Five F16 fighter pilots from Terre Haute visited this afternoon. Dr. Terrentine himself escorted them in - I found out that he's the one who organizes the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds to participate in the annual Mt. Comfort Air Show that benefits Riley Hospital. Pretty cool, huh?! These guys were nice. Dr. Terrentine's a sap, though. They were taking pictures of Bailey and the pilots when Dr. Terrentine said "Ya know, if none of you guys have colds, there's no reason why you can't take your masks off for the picture." I nearly spoke up myself and said, "Uh-uh-uh-uh! Masks and gloves!", but I thought better. It was really fun, and Bailey enjoyed the compliments from the 5 guys in uniform. Dr. Terrentine explained to them the technology that Bailey is involved in with her Berlin Heart, and they were pretty impressed and compared it to an F16 - they said it sounds like there's more technology involved in Bailey than an F16. They were really nice guys - we enjoyed that visit.

I'm reading the Chronicles of Narnia. I've never been a big "magic" person, but one of the anesthesiologists gave Bailey a few of the books, so I picked one up. Actually very entertaining and an easy read - if anyone was wondering. Haha!

They unhooked the IV "food" today so hopefully Bailey's appetite will pick up a bit. She sent her dad out for White Castle tonight and she had Oreo sticks and creme for a snack. She ate a whole burger! Things are looking up! I've been trying my best to eat off of Bailey's hospital tray since she won't touch it and so as little as possible goes to waste, but, I tell you, there's not a whole lot that's edible and I am not a picky eater. Although today for lunch they brought a pork chop with rice and veggies, and that was not bad at all. But it was quickly overtaken by the cold mashed potatoes and roast beef for dinner. I was really taken aback by the lack of quality in the hospital trays - I really hate to say anything derrogatory but, man, I'm just really glad Bailey's not stuck with eating from the tray. It would be a long, slow road.

I think that covers it for now. This laptop we have in our room is pretty nice, except I do miss the atmosphere of the library - it's so pretty down there. I'll talk to you guys again tomorrow night. Hope all is well with everyone!

Good night - Angie


Blogger Aunt Debbie A said...

I saw the pilots on TV...I thought for sure they'd show you!! Maybe they did and in my haste to make dinner I missed it. I just about had macaroni all over the floor as it was, trying to get in front of the TV quick enough to see what they were doing at Riley! That is so cool! At least you don't have too many "boring" days at Riley! The Pacers! The Fighter Pilots! The singing Dr's! I wouldn't be surprised if Dr. Phil came to see you tomorrow! You little celeb!!

I'm so glad Paisley got to come today. I'm sure that was a huge thrill for the both of you! It's so nice to have best friends. What would we do without them? (It's a double blessing when they are your sister too! I love you, Ang.)

Anything sound particularly good this week, you two? Let me know! Sleep well and you might think about letting a bed bug or two bite...I hear they never catch a break!! : ) xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

7:55 PM  
Blogger Jeff, Trisha, Courtney, Kendall & Sammy said...

Hey Bailey!

I've been keeping up with your progress the past two weeks or so and finally decided to "check in" and say hello. So Hello!

We've all been working on a goodie box to send you and it should get out this week. We hope you enjoy it.

I've been checking in on you from all over the place...Texas, California, Florida, Washington DC, Virginia...even Alabama! All in two weeks :( Unfortunately, none of the places I want to go, like Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, etc.! This is a neat way to keep in touch, though.

So, what's up with these Air Force guys visiting you? I think we need to get more GREEN in your room!

Well you just keep on driving on, gal. You're doing great. We're all thinking of you!

10:50 PM  
Blogger Grandma Carol said...

Hi Bailey! What a day you had yesterday! That was awesome! Fighter pilots in "your" room! Wow! And they were impressed with your technology! I have to confess, I am too! So glad you are feeling so much better! If anything sounds good to you and your mom, please let me know! I'll sure bring it up to you! Have you been watching "American Idol?" Papa and I really enjoy it -- even though at times Simon gets on my nerves! Ha! Will be interesting to see who goes all the way! Keep up the good work and if you have the time and feel like it, my refrig could use something new to remind me of you! Okay? Here's your riddle for the day: Why do some monkeys sell potato chips? Ans: Because they are chip monks! See you soon! Papa and I send you a great big hug!!!

8:49 AM  
Blogger Kim C. said...

After reading these postings, they are so encouraging. I agree with your Aunt Debbie, you are a celeb, just make sure we know ahead of time if Dr. Phil comes so we can leave work early and watch. And you must REALLY be feeling better if you're ready to eat a White Castle. Nothing like a little down home cooking to make you better. Miss you at work Angie, and I'm not just saying that because I had to Bate Stamp either. See you soon.

9:55 AM  
Blogger Rev. Evans said...

Hi Bailey,
I am glad you had a fun day yesterday! I was a Navy pilot myself when I was younger and before I became a minister--so can certainly relate to your day yesterday. I pray for you daily, and I will plan to see you when I get back from Florida.
Grace and Peace,
Rev. David

10:03 AM  
Blogger Aunt Cindy said...

Hi Bailey! Have you seen that commercial on tv that has the guy that won millions on Jeopardy (Ken something)? It shows all kinds of people he doesn't even know claiming to be some long-lost relative since he won all that money. That may be how it is with you if you keep rising in your celebrity status! Just remember your roots, girl, when you are famous!!
My heart just dances with joy when I read that you continue to progress and feel better. We thought about coming to see you this past weekend, but I talked to Nancy and she thought it might be a hectic weekend for you. So even if we aren't there, you remember that we think about you many times each and every day and pray for you. I have your picture up in my office so I can see your sweet face every day. Last week I was walking down the hall and saw your picture in someone else's office so I had to stop and check out why they had your picture! It was someone that I had sent an email to asking for them to pray for you, and they had printed your picture off as a reminder to pray for you every day. She said she even hung one on their frig at home so her husband and kids could see who they are praying for! Isn't it wonderful to have Christian family?!!!
So I haven't heard if your doctor actually sung his song. What's the status on that?
Keep up the good work!
Love you!! (Please give your dad and Nancy a hug for me again!)

11:22 AM  
Blogger MaryAnne Alexander said...

White Castles and fighter pilots, what more could a girl ask for? I hope that your "big day" did not wear you out too much. I am sure it was worth it! I was reading about the Berlin Heart and I agree with the pilots, you are definitely a "high tech" girl now. Keep up the good work and God Bless.

1:37 PM  

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