Sunday, November 30, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I removed her dressing. Her incision looks great. No swelling, drainage or infection. Boy I'm a good nurse, ha! ha! She should heal nicely and with the stitches inside, this wound should heal without a scar. Should be interesting...to watch this develop over time.
Saturday morning breakfast
SALT LAKE CITY — Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson was smiling as if he had just won the lottery. And, well, he had.
The bounty: about an additional $400,000 per Mountain West school on top of $300,000 or so each team already is guaranteed in the BCS arrangement. Utah, of course, will take home a bigger additional share, estimated to be about $3 million. It's fitting for a league that stood above every non-"Big Six" conference in America this fall.
"Please remember you have one more one more bowl left," Thompson told Utah coach Kyle Whittingham in a postgame ceremony on the field as he presented him with the Mountain West championship trophy.
Whittingham clutched the hardware, grabbed a microphone and told the crowd, "Utah fans … how about that!" The crimson throng that had flooded Rice-Eccles Stadium roared.
Why not? This has become the premier non-BCS team in America. That's right. It's not Boise State, not Fresno State, not TCU and certainly not BYU. It's Utah.
Since 2000, the Utes have more victories (15) over "Big Six" schools than any other non-"Big Six" program. Since 2004, Utah is 10-3 in those games. And its 16 victories over "Big Six" foes since the BCS era began in 1998 are tied with Navy for the most in the nation.
This BCS business is nothing new to Utah. The Utes were America's original BCS-buster, breaking through in 2004 to beat Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl. Most Utah insiders don't think this Ute team is as good as the 2004 edition that featured Alex Smith, Paris Warren, Morgan Scalley, Bo Nagahi and Sione Pouha. Doesn't matter. This edition of the Utes has forged a spot in school lore. And it has quarterback Brian Johnson to thank.
touchdowns, time and again making smart decisions and checking Utah into advantageous plays to spark victory in a vicious rivalry known as the "Holy War."
"I'm just grateful for the opportunity to play for this team," Johnson said. "We've been on the verge of another BCS season, and it was just a great job by the coaches, seniors and all that are a part of Utah football."
The biggest loser Saturday: Boise State. The Broncos beat Nevada and can wrap up a 12-0 regular season with a home victory over Fresno State next week, but BCS by-laws state that only one non-"Big Six" team is guaranteed a berth if it finishes in the top 12 of the final BCS standings.
That's unfortunate because the Broncos might be better than the champions from the Big East and ACC. Why not let two non-"Big Six" teams into BCS bowls if each ranks in the top 12? The BCS bowls should be about rewarding teams that perform at an excellent level all season – not about rewarding mediocre conference champs.
Fortunately for Utah, its list of accomplishments – which includes victories over Michigan, Oregon State, TCU and BYU – is more impressive than Boise State's. And who knows: Maybe, just maybe, Utah will wiggle its way into the BCS championship game.
"Now all we can do is sit back and let the rest of the season unfold," Whittingham said. "It would take a perfect storm for us to get [into the BCS title game], but there are a couple more weekends of football left and it will be interesting to watch."
BCS title game or not, Whittingham is one of the hottest coaches in the nation; he's 36-14 and has three bowl victories since being promoted from defensive coordinator to take over for Urban Meyer after the 2004 season. Will Whittingham bolt Salt Lake City? Meyer did after he led Utah to the Fiesta Bowl, leaving to coach Florida. Whittingham's tough style would work well at, say, Washington.
But he's not talking about that now. Instead, Whittingham has his eyes on tomorrow's possibilities with this team. Chatter on talk radio speculated all week on what bowl the Utes would go to and who they would play. The destination doesn't matter. The foe does. No offense to Pitt, but Utah fans didn't think the Panthers were a marquee foe. The Utes hope to be paired with a traditional power. They know the accolades Boise State received for trumping Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl after the 2006 season. Utah wants its chance at a name-brand foe this time around.
"Miami? New Orleans? Arizona? It doesn't matter," Johnson said. "We are going somewhere."
And the possibilities are many.
Trailing 20-17 late in the first half, BYU was driving for a game-tying field goal. But QB Max Hall was intercepted by Joe Dale. After an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Hall on the return, Utah took over on BYU's 44. Three plays later, Johnson threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to David Reed to give the Utes a 27-17 lead.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Today’s the “Holly War” Heathens against Christians (running scared Utes), ha! ha! I have been waiting for this game all season. It brings out the worst in BYU and Utah Fans. I miss living in Utah and getting caught up in the fun banter at work that is associated with this game. My Sister-in-law thinks that Utah will win 48 to 24. I told her she’s smoking dope. I do feel that it will go down to the wire for the third straight year. Utah’s defense is extremely good but BYU’s offence is better than Utah has faced all season. If BYU can cause a turnover or two and block a kick, then BYU will win for sure. I have mixed feelings for this game. I want BYU to win, but at the same time I want the Mountain West to be represented in the BCS. My hopes are is that BYU wins this game, Boise loses to Nevada at Nevada and BYU goes to a BCS Bowl. I would like to see BYU and Utah at BCS bowls. After watching a ton of college games this year, I think they both would represent the Mountain West better than any team from the Pac 10 except for USC. I’m hoping to see Texas Tech play Florida for all the marbles. My prediction is BYU 24 & Utah 21
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Nan and her aid checking out.
Nan and I checking out. Nan wasn't looking forward to a 1.5 hour ride home. There are many bumps along the way because of the many miles of road construction from Columbus to Dayton.
Nan's new recovery area. I was able to rent a hospital bed and fix up our family room so that Nan has a comfortable place to recovery. My boss has allowed me to keep my priorities straight and work from home until after Thanksgiving.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Nan's wound, prepared and ready for another day.
A mental therapy nurse Sally Malaret came our with her lab to help patients tonight. She saw my BYU tee-shirt and had to come in and tease me about the upcoming BYU -vs- Utah game. She stated that she was a member of the church and that her children when to the University of Utah and I told her that I was sorry; we laughed. Sally and her husband, far left will be heading to the Utah game this Wednesday. I told her that I hoped that she was traveling all that way for a lose. I have mixed emotions. I want Utah to represent the Mountain West but I also want BYU to win; Go BYU!!!
Sally's husband Robert (high priest group leader) on the left and his friend Ted (Columbus Temple Sealer) came over and helped me give Nanny a priesthood blessing.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Can you say pain! With her neck surgery, she didn’t take her pain meds but this morning she was at 12 with a pain rating from 1 to 10. She felt horrible early but now that it’s 1 PM, she feels somewhat better. Today, physical therapy showed up, rolled her out of bed, and had her go for a walk down the hallway. She made it 20’ or so and then wandered back to room 522. I’ll have to say, last time at Mount Carmel East Hospital the care was horrible. This time, the staff is very caring. It may have to do with back patients get top priority but who knows. At least I don’t have to complain.
Oh, my aching back!
7 PM tonight and with good drugs, Nan is feeling somewhat better. She looks a whole lot better and her spirit is climbing. After this morning, there wasn't any where to go but up. This morning was very challenging for my darling wife. Thank goodness she has so many people praying for her. This is her third trip up today. Her hemoglobin levels were low this morning and this may be part of her feeling so poorly. Thank goodness this day is winding down... Oh by the way, BYU beat Air Force tonight, yahoo.... It's the big one next Saturday with Utah.
Friday, November 14, 2008
This is her bandage. It's approximatley 14" long. She should have at least a nice 8" incision.
Nan getting her vitals after surgery. She's probably thinking, Cliff, please put that x!>#@ camera away. 5:30 PM after vitals and some delicious liquid dinner, yum yum.
This is where Nan ran into OJ, but he didn't do it.
Back on July 25th, 2008 Nan had surgery on her neck. She had cervical stenosis and required surgery before Dr. Mullins would perform back surgery. I didn't know how to blog then. What has my family created....
This picture shows her twin drain tubes into the wound drainage reservoir that are used for drainage of excess fluids after surgery. This helps with the healing process and infection. Who is this mask women? I don't even recognize her... Now I know what she would look like at 250 lbs. Can you say, "please pop me with a pin".
Nan's hands are so swollen, it a little freaky...
12:30 AM... This is Nan's night shift nurse Christinna from Africa. She has such a strong accent I'm having a hard time understanding her but she seems to be really nice and has been super helpful...
This is the care givers domain. At least it's better than a uncomfortable chair recliner! Enough fun for one day. Good night!
Front of Bountiful Temple
Of course, I couldn't travel to "Happy Valley" without visiting Lavell Edwards stadium. Boy how I wished I still lived close enough to have season tickets.
This is how I found mom Thursday morning. It was nice visiting mom and dad but it is hard watching them grow older each year. Its harder on me living so far away that I'm not around to help. I'll probably drive dad crazy though, so maybe it's a good thing I live 30 hrs away...
Tom & Tammy at their favorite Chinese restaurant in Salt Lake City. They came and picked us up from the airport. We always have lots of fun with them.
Here we are after our four hour plane ride. Boy we look like we had been road hard and put away wet!!!
Can you say, "The queen of England" but I didn't get the wave.
Now you know what it's like when these two get together. "Nan & Tammy"
Finally after some 20 years we finally got us all togeher for a family photo. The only one missing was Jeanettes husband Bruce who was driving up from Nevada.
What a motley crew. The Woods and Salings at the Bountiful Temple.
Nan and I flew to Utah to be with mom and dad and attend Chris and Kimberly's wedding. We were a little concerned because of Nan's back. She will be having surgery on Nov 14th and the four hour flight was a little rough. It was really nice to fly over the Wasatch mountain range