|I think her eye looks really good!|
When she woke up last night she slowly lifted one hand and really studied what the heck was going on. Then she lifted the other hand (both hands have IVs) and studied that one as well. Then she lifted her leg and studied that. I'd give anything to know what was going through her mind.
I do think she looks really good, all things considered. Of course, I will take photos each day so you can see her progress, too.
Her mouth looks horrific. And she flat out refuses to let us suction it, or clean it or touch it, or even look at it. But, I'm sorry, I know she'll feel so much better without a mouth full of blood! So, I have to suction it anyway. She shakes her head back and forth and she's only going to make us hurt her. If she would only stay still! I keep waiting for the day when she realizes that it won't hurt (or will hurt a lot less) if she doesn't fight us. When oh when will that day come??? I totally get that she's scared and is trying to protect herself. But it kills me to have to hold her down for something that shouldn't really hurt.
She looks so much better when she's sleeping. When she struggles to open her eyes, you can really see how swollen she is. And she just looks so pitiful. The other micro surgeon came in to see her this morning and he said that she looks like she went 15 rounds. I love honesty and a good sense of humor!
They took her Foley out today, which is good (infection risk). But is bad because now she has to go potty. With so many lines (still has an arterial line, two IVs and drainage tubes in her face and leg) that will be a challenge.
She's needed a lot of suctioning today. I love this hospital (it's very parent-friendly) but the nurses have been a little different when it comes to suctioning. I learned (almost six years ago if you can believe that!) to suction on the way down and on the way up. If you don't suction on the way down, you just push the secretions further down. I've told every nurse - but they only suction on the way up. So, that's frustrating. I guess the problem is that the way you learn is the way you do it and it's hard to break the habit. But, I am surprised that they even do it that way to begin with. You can see immediately that not suctioning on the way down is a lot more uncomfortable for her. Ugh.
The team discussed moving her to the floor at some point. I had to put the brakes on doing that any time soon. They are crazy if they think she can go to the floor (she still has an arterial line!). I voiced my concerns (at this point it had not even been 24 hours since surgery - slightly premature if you ask me!) and they agreed. I know getting to the floor means "progress" but um, no. Not yet, anyway. I just hope they don't push her too hard.
The micro surgeon said that he hopes we can go home next Friday. So, that's hopeful. And he said we'll have to come back for a follow-up four to six weeks later. They will do some more imaging (CT scan) to see if the bone adhered.
An ENT resident came to look at her BAHA surgical site. The surgeons looked at it in the OR yesterday and agreed that it was really red and looked like it might be infected. She's on several antibiotics now, so we're covered either way. But, they asked ENT to come take a peek. Except that the ENT resident has NEVER seen one post-op. So, that was helpful. Not. Although when we looked at it, I could clearly see that it wasn't as red as it was the other day. He said it didn't look infected to him. So, I guess we'll drop it and leave it alone for a while. He asked when we'll see our ENT at home again and I said I don't know. Then I thought about having to take her and how much she'll fight at every single doctor's appointment from here on out for a while. It's like we're starting over again. :-(
I think that's it for today. Thank you for all your wonderful support! I'll post again tomorrow.