How it’s going

Going on 6 days in the hospital now, so I thought it was time for a little update. It turns out the last-minute surgery was a very good call. Had the intestines remained twisted for another 6-12 hours, they might have needed to be removed in pieces: a much more complex surgery with a greater risk for infection.

Since then, J has been steadily recovering. It hasn’t been easy, but there’s been good pain management and Jay has three teams of world-class surgeons (Dr. Sheinfeld, Dr. Bains & Dr. Paty) monitoring his every bodily function. There are much-lauded signs (that I won’t describe in detail) that things are starting to wake up again down there. It’s been about 8 days since J had any sort of nutrition, so we’re all really looking forward to the return of digestion. Almost as much as the return of warm weather.

We’re hoping Jay will be emancipated from all of the tubes that are tethering him down starting today. There’s the nasal-gastric tube, the catheter, the chest tube, the IV into his very worn out veins. It’s a lot, but he is braving on.

Also, Jay’s sister Kristin is here! She’s with him now and when she’s here, I don’t worry about Jay at all. I’m actually soaking up some spring sun in Central Park right now, such a treat!

Here’s a picture of that & a video of a chicken that J wanted me to post (even though it doesn’t have anything to do with this…I guess the chicken wanted to visit J in the hospital?)

Thanks so much for sending us so much love and support this week. If we haven’t responded, it doesn’t mean that we don’t love it. We do!!!



  1. Hi KR. Thank you for keeping us updated. I am back in the city now (after being away for over two months) so if you need ANYTHING please let me know! Thanks for the sunshine, your words always fuel fresh air into my heart…I am hugging both of yours.
    Aszure xo

  2. John Swain says:

    Hi Jay and KR

    Evening light, daffodils, light or no sweater, these are some of the bits that make for a Spring feeling. On Beekman Place, where the sound of the FDR drive at the back of the house is a constant – the City never sleeps – the noise at the front of the house in the early morning is the sound of birds singing.

    So we are hoping that your news is good. It sure seems as though your team were smart to open you up again and fix the intestines, but I hope you are back to eating or at least drinking and that you’re regaining some strength.

    We saw Liz on Monday night. She is writing a novel (she is a talented writer) and both betty and I had comments and suggestions which she is very receptive to. Great evening. She is really on a roll, which is wonderful considering how tough it has been for her.

    Hope we see you soon. Are you up for visitors?


    Sent from my iPad

  3. Emily Gallagher says:

    Dear Jay,
    I ran in to Reeve last weekend and he let me know what you’ve been going through. I had no idea. I’ve been playing catch-up with these posts and I don’t know what to say. Except that it’s no surprise that you’re facing this ordeal with grace and strength. Bootstraps.
    Wish I could be there to see you.
    Sending you so much love and light.

  4. patty giesecke says:

    That you took a walk up to the 15th floor to catch some rays and smell spring……Music to our ears.
    Same old…..but still strong…love….. beamed to…….YOU.

  5. Jay, I don’t want you to be hurting anymore! I thank goodness you have a Cracker-Jack team taking good care of you, and topping that list is Katie Rose. Ever since I heard you were in the hospital again, all I can think of are the closing words to the old Tracy Ulman show: “Oh, go home!”

  6. Theresa Ryan says:

    There are sunshine and light ahead. Keep the momentum going. xot

  7. Dear Universe please turn down the lessons a notch or two or just put it in writing. Thank you.

    Trying to keep the worry worm at bay and send positive thoughts. Love and light to both of you and everyone involved in your support team. Like I said before… You’ve been an inspiration keep shining bright!!!

  8. Nick Kearns says:

    Thanks for the update. Glad to hear the surgery went well!

  9. Al and Debbie says:

    We are with both of you in spirit.

  10. soulsurfer3 says:

    Hey Katie, thanks so much for these updates. You’ve been really great about keeping everyone posted and it’s helpful to hear about how everything going with Jay. Wishing Jay and team Jay the best from the West Coast!

  11. Jane ringer says:

    I agree with Ann that Jay ( all of you & family) are being put through the RINGER! Thanks for keeping us updated and hope you and Jay are home soon without tubes etc. love and hugs

  12. Yes indeed you are such warriors, brave, brave, powerful beings of light. We all love you so much. Nadiya~

  13. plants4kids says:

    Hi Katie Rose, Let Brenda and I know if there is anything we can do. Sending much love. Mark

  14. Ann bresnan says:

    Katie , there is absolutely no need to respond. These updates are fabulous.
    Jay ( and his loved ones!) are certainly being put through the wringer…he will be so much more comfortable with those tubes out! He probably cannot wait. Am glad that things are improving
    on all fronts. Enjoy the buds and the birds and all the harbingers of Spring awakening! Love and hugs to you and all Ericksons!

  15. Kathy St. Vincent says:

    Thank you so much for keeping us up to date! We think of you and send healing thoughts your way every single day. You are both such troopers. You WILL get this! Love, Kathy and Al

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