Lin continues to recover from surgery, which bypassed the constricted part of her small intestine (duodenum) for the stomach to empty directly into the “new” part. She also has a feeding tube directly into the intestine. The goal is to get the GI system working again.
Thanks to all for your thoughts, prayers and physical support like housecleaning. Including children and in-laws (we consider them to also be our children, actually), who have kept the holiday momentum going, including lots of good food and new cooking experiences. We had a great Christmas, with lots of fun moments, despite, and look forward to a new year of learning, love, achievement, family unity and broader friendships.
Lin is in more pain than days previous (duh): this is her third surgery in 10 days, and the most major. But today is better than yesterday, and we hope for better tomorrow. And tomorrow. Going home 7 days after surgery is the nominal notion.
She fell early this morning. Slight bruise to knee the only damage, thankfully. Measures are in place to make sure that never happens again.
Things being managed are:
Blood sugar—a little wacko last two days, but watching close and now quite low
Healing of the incision and general recovery—looking good, according to doc
Pain—pain pump and injections managing it well today
Mood—she sleeps a lot, really brightens up when there are visitors, especially grandchildren; we are limiting visitors to family
Swelling in legs and abdomen—much better today and moving in the right direction
Mouth dryness and lip chapping—managed but continuing challenge, can’t use petroleum products as she is on oxygen and they don’t want an explosion (thanks BP!)
Quality and length of life—once she is stronger into recovery and home we look at chemo options again
Flowers–doing well; some new nice lilies, daisies, roses
Sunshine—lots of it today streaming in through our 4th floor hospital window
That’s about it. For those who don’t like detail I apologize for the above.