Greetings to all of the followers of Louise's journey to recovery. Today is the 3rd Monday in this hospital. Her operation was two weeks ago. In our 36 years of marriage, this is the longest consecutive time she has stayed anywhere besides our two homes. Its a good reason to call it a home away from home. So her room assignment changed from the penthouse ICU to the seventh floor in a semi-private room. They asked her if she wanted to make the transition by wheel chair or walk. She chose to walk. Wow, that was the longest walk she has had since she walked into the OR two weeks ago. Before she left, they removed three more drainage tubes and took half of her staples out. She also has no monitors hooked up to her. All she has is an oxygen tube in her nose and the feeding tube connected to her intestine.
So, with all these transitions and with very few tubes to get in her way in and out of bed, you would think that she would have begged to run in this marathon which ran past her hospital window yesterday. Not so! She is still in a marathon recovery stage. Except for a few wonderful visitors that she had today, she basically slept the whole day and evening. She didn't have much energy or appetite to eat anything all day. She did have several doses of pain killers because she did have pain. The pain is still in the scratched chest and where the big hoses used to be. I think this particular pain killer that she had all day makes her very sleepy. Today's naps were longer and deeper than in past days which I think is good for her.
Nobody has said a word about release date so I can't bring you up to date on that. It is probably is at least Wednesday. My 93-year old Uncle Bob, one of the former chiefs of staff here in this hospital, gives her the message to not leave the hospital too soon. She worried today if she could make it at home yet. So maybe it is good to slow down a little and make sure she is ready to get out. She has had so much going on in this body. Another few days might be a real blessing.
So that is the 15th day in the life of Louise in the hospital. Thanks for your wonderful well wishes and comments.