Friday, January 20, 2012
Another Day, Another....Umm. I don't know.
Bethany had a very good day yesterday. She had all of her monitors removed and was able to walk around (albeit very slow baby steps) the floor, sat up for over an hour in the recliner chair, and walked around the room a bit. By the time I arrived, after work, she was still sitting in the chair, while Joy and Jonathan were passed out on her bed. It was around 6:00 pm, and I had come directly from work. After I got the update from Joe, Bethany traded places with her siblings. She was exhausted and was waiting for her dinner to arrive. She had wanted to eat upright, but it just wasn't able to work out that way.
She ordered chicken tenders and fries; she had also wanted some fish sticks, but she wasn't allowed to order two entrees. So, I went downstairs with Joy and tried to buy some. The cafe didn't have any, but the nurse was sweet enough to order her 1/2 an order. It was really difficult to get her to wake up to eat. But, she was ate to able a little of everything. Praise God!
Bethany slept the rest of the night. Grrr. She was only on Perocet, and she showed it. Her back was having some muscle spasms, and her catheter was giving her a lot of trouble, but she was able to get some sleep. Bethany moaned virtually all night and was even murmuring some. She is very frustrated because she still feels lousy. The nurses were extremely excited about Bethany's accomplishments yesterday, and they mentioned numerous times that she could probably go home tomorrow (today). Hmmm. Her dad and I totally disagree. She's in too much pain. Just the mention of going home brings Bethany to tears. In theory, she would love to, but in practicality, she knows she shouldn't.
After being awake the majority of the night with Bethany, she received a percocet around 6:30 am. The nurse didn't really want to give her any if she could sleep through her pain. I don't know if I agree with that or not. Nonetheless, she was still sleeping when Dr. Healy arrived this morning. He said she was doing well, her incision was still dry. She needs to continue eating and walking, have the foley taken off, have the liquid nutrition discontinued, and then she could go home. That's great news, however, all we wanted to do was sleep.
She just received a shot in her tummy and cried and cried from the pain. She is definitely sick and tired of being sick and tired. As am I for her. I am scheduled to go to work again today, but I can't bear the thought of leaving her here without being with her. I may just have to take another day off. I'm waiting to see how things progress.
Her breakfast just arrived, and she was able to eat a little oatmeal with milk and brown sugar. He had to eat something because her stomach is extremely painful, along with her head and hips. Her pic line has not been working, so she had an IV inserted yesterday. Unfortunately, however, her pic line is causing her a lot of pain, and she prays they are able to remove it. We have to speak to the Infectious Disease doctor first to find out his intentions with the pic line once she is released. The very sweet nurse, Jane, said she could have a percocet if and when she ate something. Otherwise, it would totally upset her stomach.
Bethany is still sleeping, in a daze and has been extremely difficult to awake. Other than her moaning, I would swear she was totally asleep. I am torn between work and here, and only time with tell my decision.
--that they don't send her home too soon
--that her pain is supernaturally alleviated
--that she feels comfortable and happy
--that she continues to heal
--that her pic line is removed
--that Bethany has healed as much as she has
--we are nearing the home stretch
Thanks so much for all of your continued prayers and support. A huge shout out to Kathy Walsh and Sharon Szymanski for making meals for Joy and Jonathan. I can't even begin to tell you how grateful we are. Also, to Cathy Burson who is making a meal for them tonight. Hallelujah!
Blessings, Shari and Bethany