Short update

Duke is doing much better, he still has a throat infection but it’s getting taken care of. It was pretty gross last week, with phlegm oozing out of his trach tube. Imagine the worst snotty nose your kid ever had and then imagine it coming out of a tube in someone’s throat. I took pictures but feel no need to post them, you can thank me later.

He is moving his left arm very well, his right a little bit. He can’t move his legs by himself yet. I know he is more aware, since he was trying to get me to give him some water but I didn’t understand, “Wrg” so he managed to say some that sounded like “Ow Wah” (agua). I was impressed. It takes some reasoning skill to make the transition from speaking English to changing to Spanish.  I guess you had to be there.

Tomorrow afternoon, I am going in for surgery. It’s making me crazy but I can’t cancel and lose my turn in the queue. I am having my  right breast reconstructed by a Seguro Popular plastic surgeon which is covered under the catastrophic illness portion of the insurance. Originally, I wasn’t going to have reconstruction, but I am getting seriously lop sided. My left shoulder has dropped considerably, my right rib cage is expanding, and my shoulders ache all the time. I’ve also learned that I can expect some spinal problems from being uneven. OUCH! So while I feel that no one can really tell that I have a removable prosthesis when they look at me, physically, I need to do this. Of course when I started the process months ago, Duke wasn’t ill. I have managed to postpone having my portacath removed until 2016 but that is outpatient surgery. I keep saying that worse comes to worse I’ll just cut it out myself. That is no way even close to being a serious threat, I have to close my eyes when they draw blood from me.

So don’t worry if you don’t hear from me for awhile, everything is going well.

Thank you all for your prayers. I am  grateful and also humbled  by the generosity of those of you who donated money to help pay for Duke’s medical expenses. Thank you again.





About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. so glad to hear that he continues to improve. and you sound like you’re in much better spirits. i pray that your surgery goes well.

    remember to be good to yourself. God knows you’ve been through enough.


    teresa in nagoya

  2. I’ll be thinking of you both over the coming weeks, check in when you can so we know all is well. It will be great to be done with the back pain and lopsidedness, and maybe when you are recovered Duke will be ready to come home. Fingers crossed! xoxo

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