Finally the pain has been tackled with Dilaudid and Summer has achieved a more comfortable situation, having brought the pain under control. Today our nurse was LaToya and what a great lovely character she was. Always a smile, always concern, quick with a very clear explanation of different things. She and Summer hit it off and the day went by with some calm and contentment. Today was the first physical therapy, as Summer was made to sit up, climb out of bed and into a chair, where she sat upright for a few minutes before climbing back in. There were some leg exercises as well, as well as her spirometer breath measuring assignment to keep her lungs clear. It went well. At 4:45 this afternoon, her surgeon Dr. Stewart came by to check on her and chat. He was dressed quite snazzily, obviously headed somewhere important. But he stayed by the bedside for a few minutes with words of encouragement. He asked if she could remember star names. Tonight she is quite tired. We had a round of concern about her blood pressure, which seems solved. Perhaps tomorrow she will be moved out of the ICU and into the in-between place, called the stepdown room. From there one graduates to a regular hospital room, and then home. We look forward to a better day tomorrow and home sooner rather than later. Thank all of you for your support and e-mails and cards and wishes.
Hospital Update #4: A long day, and improvement