Let me say it again, "Wow! What a difference a day makes!" Bethany had a really good day yesterday, a great night (she slept the entire night), and has had a really good morning. She received an Ambien sleeping aid around 9:30pm, and was asleep within 10 minutes. Woo Hoo! She had her IV PCN Dilatid drip removed yesterday, so that meant there were less cords to deal with. She was also put on Percocet every four hours, so that meant semi-waking her every four hours to swallow pills. It's all good!
Her pain level has substantially decreased to the point of going over 4 hours for Percocet. We'd like it to get to be about 1 Percocet every 4-6 hours instead of 2 every 4 hours, but I think that will come in a very short time--a day or so. Bethany was able to eat a bit yesterday, and definitely showed an appetite last night.
After finally awaking this morning, Bethany had her morning assessment, and I immediately ordered her breakfast so that she would be able to get up and begin walking. Right as room service was delivering her breakfast tray, the IV people came to insert the IV pic line for her. That took about an hour. I couldn't get the internet in the lobby, or I would have posted during that time. Anyway, she just finished breakfast, is watching CSI, and resting comfortably in her bed. She is way beyond bored though. Just saying.
The nurses said she could go home later today; we are merely waiting for them to remove her IV liquids, her foley, show us how to administer the IV antibiotics at home, and for her to get up and walk some more. She hasn't walked since yesterday afternoon. I'm working on that part.
Bethany feels just about ready to finally leave. Thank God! Yesterday would have been too soon, but today or tomorrow seems just about right. She is anxious to get home, as am I. Thank you so much, again, for your continued prayers of healing and love, on Bethany's behalf. Had it not been for the prayers of the Saints, Bethany may not even be going home.
Here's a little different picture. This week is Catholic Schools Week, and that means that today is, "Disney/Pixar Day" at Cardinal Strich. Joy helped Jonathan dress up as Carl, the old man in the movie, "UP." This is awesome!
Please continue to keep Bethany is your prayers:
•that she is able to manage with her PIC line and that it doesn't give her any problems;
•that she is able to resume her 'bounce in her step' asap;
•that her spirits perk up;
And for my mom:
•that she begins to feel well;
•that the doctors can determine just why she has such a constant and violent cough;
•that her arthritis and leukemia are totally healed;
And for Joy:
•that she is able to continue to do well studying for her 18 credit hours, while working two jobs and taking care of home;
•for her peace of mind, wisdom and strength;
And for me:
•that my job is OK and my FMLA paperwork is approved;
•that everything goes well upon going home;
•for peace of mind, wisdom and strength.
Love, Shari and Bethany Rose
PS: Koda has made a 180 degree turn-a-round, and has become a totally sedate dog; Hallelujah! We are finding that the older he gets, the better he gets. ha ha. Thank God, as he has been on our very last nerve since the day we adopted him. At one year old, 100+ pounds, he's gorgeous and sweet!