Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Shawndra is healing quickly. Already the NG has been removed, the catheter will be disconnected shortly, and she'll be preparing to do laps around the hospital halls. Dr. O'Brien is very encouraged by the rapid progress she's making.

I know I promised photos and video of Ella's flower girl debut... and I'll try to accomplish that today. I'm going to engage Shawndra in that process. (Better than reading trash People & US magazines!)... j/k baby! I know you like those. :)

Emotionally speaking, today has started out 10 times more positive than yesterday (as perhaps evident by the tone of this post).

Okay, this concludes my stint as substitute BLOG guy. Next up... your lovely host, Shawndra.
- Doug


Anonymous said...

We are so happy to hear of Shawndra's positive thoughts and progress.

Can't wait to see you!

Hugs, love and prayers.


Anonymous said...


We are so happy that your healing from your surgery! Thoughts and prayers with you always! Keep Believing! Please know we are here for you!

The Mudge Family

Vickie Kruse said...

Great news, I am so happy for her progress!! What a tough cookie!! Please tell her that I can't wait to hear from her as by the time I was told to pray for her through S. Vest's site, she was already in the hospital & I read her " novel " :) & now can't wait to read a msg. that she has written now! I'm tellin' ya, I really am a fan!!
Since reading her memoirs, I continue to pray for her & your family many times a day. I think of you all often. Thanks for the great news, from one little catholic nurse in Jeff City to another, Vickie Kruse

Anonymous said...

That's awesome news!!!

Go Shawndra!

I knew she'd be back on her feet in no time. Lots of prayers and well wishes coming your way as always.

Anonymous said...

Shawndra is a post-surgical soldier! I'm sure she'll be speed walking through the halls in no time...just make sure her bum is covered... ;)
I conveniently left the US Weekly for her. A girl has to stay on top of the gossip!
Doug, keep up the good work. As shown on NYE, you have a way of making all of us laugh until we cry by just being you, so don't hesitate to bust out the dance moves on our girl! :)
I hope to see you both soon. Have a great day.

Love, dustin

Michelle said...

Shawndra and Doug,

I am so, so, so happy to read of the progress!! You have been in my thoughts non-stop. I pray that things continue to go smoothly, and that you are home in no time.

Much love and prayers,


Andrea said...

Wait for the walking for me!! I'll bring my gait belt! Nazi PT on the way!! Love you and can't wait to see you tonight!
Love ya,

Kellista said...

Wow...amazing, you never cease to amaze us all. We're keeping up the prayers and you keep up the healing!

kelley said...

Great news on the progress. Ok Doug, computer knowledge IS better than trash magazines....however, you never know when it will be important to know all the dirt on celebrities. It could be vital information. Well maybe that's an exageration, but it sure makes for some entertaining reading sometimes. Keep up the good work in regards to recovery, it's that kind of news that adds a bright spot to dreary days like today.

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Anonymous said...


You are amazing!


Anonymous said...

Shawndra, GOOD GIRL! You are most definitely a fighter. Keep your chin up. prayers from Minnesota (and a hug) Julie (jill's Mom)
PS Good job Doug! You are doing a good job with all the hats you wear.

Anonymous said...

Thrilled to hear you are doing so well and that your sense of humor has returned! Keep up the awesome fight.

Anonymous said...

If Doug takes away your magazines and puts you on the computer...go to
Keep up your progress so you can come home.

Lisa said...

That is awesome news of such quick progress Shawndra! We are all looking forward to the pics and the video :-)

Keep up the good work...the walking leads you out the front door!!!

Anonymous said...

You are such an inspiration to us all! And what a great hubby you have...thanks for the updates, Doug!
You are all in our thoughts and prayers!

Paulette said...

Shawndra is my hero. I have been praying praying and praying. May the Lord continue to heal your body Shawndra and restore you to full health. Thankyou Doug for keeping us informed.
Many Blessings on your precious family. We are right here with you all the way!

Astraea said...

Can't wait to have Shawndra back on the blog! Prayers are being answered!

Svitak Family said...

Yeah! Run a lap for me! God has a plan and a reason for everything.

Anonymous said...

I am so happy to hear that you are recovering from surgery. Please take comfort in knowing that so many people are praying and pulling for you. Hang in there!!

P.S. Ella was a wonderful flower girl.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful flower girl....You all must be so proud of your little Punks :)

Have a quiet and restful evening.


gail ezell said...

Thanks Doug for the Ella flower girl video. Shawndra...I know you wanted to see her do that so much. What you are doing every minute of every day is for her future and yours. Keep up your good recovery work. Your hope and courage are amazing examples of your strength. Everyone at CMH sends love and wishes for a speedy journey home.

Amberchlopaz said...

The video is incredible. Love the little wave! The pictures are wonderful. It is heartbreaking that her mom had to miss her walk down the aisle. Thank you so much for sharing it with us all. Joyce

Anonymous said...

Just had to comment on the pics. Those are about the cutest things I've ever seen. Her hugging the little guy is priceless!

Glad to hear you are doing better. You are in my prayers.

-Denise Williams

robinandamelia said...

Glad to hear that you are doing well, and quickly. All the best for a speedy and full recovery. The photos are adorable.

Anonymous said...

Shawndra - I am thinking of you every day. I know you wanted to see Ella at the wedding but taking care of her Mommy is the most important thing you can do. I am so glad to hear you are having such wonderful progress and I send you my thoughts and blessings your way.



Anonymous said...

Shawndra and Doug,

It is so good to hear the hope in your "voice"! It is no coincidence that the sun is shining so beautifully today! I believe God is giving you more hope.

That video is so bittersweet. Ella is so adorable, of course. But that music, and her walking down the aisle...where did the little girl go?? I love the picture of her dancing - you can see so much spirit in her eyes, and she looks like her mommy.

Keep up that spirit and the amazing progress!

- Kim

Naomi in GA said...

~Wow~Ella looks just like you Shawndra, what a lil punkin' :) ADORABLE~ God bless you Shawndra, I am thinking of you and praying for you, I read daily, but been so sick myself these last months, havent been blogging as often, but know I am thinking of you and praying hard! Your sister in email

nancygrayce said...

So thankful to hear of your progress! Ella was beautiful and performed her duties flawlessly!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you are doing better and we are praying for you as always. Ella was so cute in the video. You have such a beautiful girl.

Susan McRae

Anonymous said...

Hi Shawndra, it's Natalie Cope from good old ice skating days. I've recently been in touch with your sister via Facebook and heard about your on going fight. I have to admit, it's been alot to take in all at once, but I'm very happy to read today's positive post. I'm wishing you tons of good thoughts and prayers! I know you are a fighter....that's what us skaters do! ;) (

Anonymous said...

Great news that you're up and about some, Shawndra; soon to go home I hope. What a time you've usual, you're a fighter and an inspiration to us all!

Thank you Doug and Andrea for keeping us posted, and the pics and video of Little Ella are wonderful!

Please know that we in ENT all miss you.

Much love,
Pat Gibbons

Anonymous said...

So happy you are progressing. Thanks for the pictures and video. Ella did a great job and didn't act a bit shy or scared. What a pro!

Love, Marny

Anonymous said...

Shawndra -

We are so glad that you are healing from your surgery. You have been in our prayers daily!

Just an F.Y.I. our photographer and the wedding coordinator at the church want to rent Ella & Ian out as professional Flower Girl & Ring Bearer! We are so honored to have Ella be a part of our wedding.

Love You! Judd & Amy Annis
(I'm still getting used to the new last name!)

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful girl you guys have!

Praying for you and your family Shawndra.