Thursday, February 19, 2009

Star Magnolia -- Frank


Star Magnolia
I didn't get to take pictures of these flowers last year nor this year. The picture below was taken 08 February 2007 with my Sony F717. The trees this year are now dropping their blooms and leafing out. They are basically white flowers with a pinkish tint. The tree/shrub was introduced to America in the 1860s and are native to Japan.

Magnolia stellata

On Thursday 12 February Frank's surgery started at 5 pm and ended at 11 pm. It was a very long day.

We made it home from the hospital yesterday morning. It is so good to be home! Frank is doing good. He is tolerating the pain well except when he has to cough... then he hugs a pillow to help calm the pain and yelps a little. He still has the JP drain in and a bunch of staples in his stomach... they were unable to do the surgery laparoscopically.

Frank sees the doctor on Tuesday. By then there should be a thorough report on the tumor... yes tumor. The pathology says an endocrine tumor... but if it cancerous or benign is yet to be determined... or we simply aren't being told until the surgeon has all the information he wants in order to proceed.

Needless to say we are both tired, but extremely happy to be out of the hospital. The nurses and nurse's aides were super.

I will soon start reading your wonderful blogs... I just need some rest before doing so.


Gray skies are just clouds passing over. - - Duke Ellington



  1. I'm glad your home and that Frank is doing well. I'm praying for both of you.
    That Star Magnolia is beautiful! I can't wait for spring!

  2. Hi Zaroga,
    I'm glad you and Frank are at home now! It's always good to get home from the hospital! I hope and pray that he will get a good report. We have missed you.

  3. Hi Zaroga, I am having trouble leaving a comment today. Please forgive if there is more than one from me. Thanks for the update and I will continue to keep you and Frank in my prayers.

  4. Glad you are back home. Hope you both can get some rest.

  5. I'm so glad everything went fine and you're back home. I will say a prayer that all will be well.

  6. Glad you are home and Frank is doing well. We'll be praying for Frank that he gets a good report on Tuesday. Stay warm; we're having a little deep chill here in the deep south! Sharon

  7. So glad that Frank is back home. I will be praying for a good report next week!

    Your photo of the magnolia is beautiful:)

    Get some rest, my friend..:)

    Blessings and hugs,

  8. Hi Zaroga,
    My prayers are with you both. I hope it is benign. Big hug. I know the fear you are going through. And it is worse to worry and wonder so try to think happy tell jokes take you mind off it. Till the time comes to find out. Watch happy movies. etc. I wish I was programed like this when I went through Jerry's by pass. But I have to learn the hard way.
    Big hug smile.

  9. I hope it won't be too long before the results come back! I hope you both get some rest now and heal, I am sure it has been hard on you and hope you are OK!
    Hugz to you and a gentle one for Frank!

  10. Glad to know it over for you all and wishing him the best and a speedy recovery. Take care of your self also. Your flowers are lovely and I bet they smell so sweet. It's still very much winter here. Was very cold this morning again. I am ready for garden time.

  11. Hi Zaroga!

    I'm so glad Frank got through his surgery well and you are doing better! Yes, being sick is icky!! This was a terrible sickness I had and I seriously think I coughed so hard I cracked a rib! Ugh. I love your Star Magnolia! She is gorgeous with that pink tint. Such a delicate looking thing. :)


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