Thursday through Sunday, July 12th through 15th

Good evening,

It is Sunday night and Tori finally seems to be out of the great pain she was in all week after her surgery. We have had to give her steady doses of Lortab every 4 hours or so. She was also coughing up alot of phlegm and has been on 2-5 liters of oxygen since her return home. For the first three nights we had to wake up every 1-2 hours and suction her throat out because she wasn't swallowing and her blood oxygen levels were dropping below 80% even with oxygen. Thankfully she seems to be beyond that stage now as she is coughing much less and can be without oxygen while in her wheelchair. While she is sleeping we give her 1-2 liters of oxygen so she can maintain and 95% range or so.

We are keeping busy helping Tori in her recovery and there isn't really much else to report on this time. Grandpa and Grandma Schmanski left earlier this week on their summer trip and we will miss them greatly. This week we will attempt to get her back on schedule with ST and we have another visit to the PCMC for a check on her feet. Her casts are orange and cover each foot and they extend to just below her knee. She certainly knows they are there and if you point them out to her she will begin crying... So we know they don't feel to great to her.

Thank you as always for the love, prayers and support,

The Schmanski's
Tim, Maria, Tori, Whitney and Brendan

low oxygen stats

I gave Debbie 4 breathing treatments a day for the last year. It stopped the often suction during the night. It was Albuterol and Ipratropium mixer given by a Nebulizer on a 6 liter flow of oxygen. It took 10 minutes and made a differance in Debbie's life. You know everything. I only wish I could help Tori in some way. Tori is lucky to have such a great family.

Tendon Release

Hey Tim! Brittany here. I was just wondering if we can see maybe a couple pictures of Tori with her casts? I know she is miserable. I have had surgeries but nothing as serious as that and I was in tons of pain. Give her my best wishes. She will make it through. She's made it through so much already, this is probably a walk in the park (so to speak) compared to what other things she has been through. GO TORI!!!!

tendon releases

Justine had releases on her adductors and her hip flexor. She never cried like that before. It took her six months before she did not fuss during therapy. I hope Tori's recovery goes much smoother. jodi - justine's mom

Tendon releases

I remember it taking about a week or so before she actually settled down. But as soon as you would move her in the slightest she would go off again. I felt so bad I remember asking myself if we had done the right thing or not. But it will get better hopefully sooner than Justine's did. jodi - justine's mom

Re: tendon releases

Tori has been in continuous pain since the surgery whenever she is without medication.... She is also not sleeping and agitated most of the time she is awake. We sure hope she begins to feel better soon. How long did it take before Justine's pain diminished while just being still outside of any movement?




I am sorry but I don't know anything about Tendon releases and maybe this post is not real helpful but just wanted to say that I feel for your family and especially Tori and you are in my prayers.

Following both Tori and Lauren now as well who has had a surgery for her legs is difficult for me and I am watching from way over here so I can not imagine how hard it is for you all.

Hang in there. I know it is all for the best!

- Jon