Phew!! I was ready for a less eventful day and more sparkle in her eyes to return. When I arrived upon the scene this morning, Louise was already sitting up in her chair. I could tell that she was no longer heavily drugged, but she was kind of in the "hangover" stage. She still had some pain in her upper chest and hadn't been able to eat anything for breakfast. Her heart rate was at 128 just sitting there. I was concerned and let the nurse know that she needed to do something to make her feel better and get the heart rate down. Sometimes the nurses need to worry more. They can take lessons from me because I have the reputation for knowing how to worry. Anyway, she went and called the doctor who suggested that Louise was probably dehydrated. So she brought one bag of saline, hooked it up and within 20 minutes her heart rate went down to about 100 and she started feeling a lot better. As the morning wore on, you could really see things changing. The pain was less and the old Louise was coming back. Both Kelsey and I really saw the light come on in her smiley eyes. What a relief.
The big bonus was that they came in and removed the left side garden hose like they said they might. That leads me to think that tomorrow they will remove the other two right side tubes and finally take out the main source of pain. Most of the rest of her pain has been caused by her upper chest abrasion which is not controlled by the lower epidural. That pain is supposed to go away soon also.
This evening, before she went to bed (for the first time today) she took two laps around the pod. She did well with that. I think she will do so much more of the walking in the days to come. She needs to find her strength back because she has been pretty weak. She also ate her soft foods very well both lunch and dinner. I am so encouraged by some of the things she can now eat. They won't let her eat real solids yet, but what she is eating, like thick pudding and thick soup is more than she could ever eat before this surgery. What a blessing to see her eat again!!
So, we are so thankful that prayers have been answered and that she really turned the corner today. Thanks again for your concern. Sorry Peggy that I was late with my post!