Sorry, I've been bad, but let me give you an update. Shanda is slowly getting better each day. Since my last post, she was doing great and then unfortunately took a few steps backwards in her recovery. It seemed to correlate with the waking up of her bowels, of course we want her bowels to wake up and start functioning, but with that came severe pain and bloody stools, sorry to be graphic. I hesitate to mention that but it explains why she received four units of blood within the past few days. They have had to increase her pain meds and epidural to combat the pain, which in turn made her very loopy and sleepy. Today we learned she has a bladder infection.... so now add IV antibiotics to the regimen of medications, poor girl, she has been through a lot. The good thing is that she has had a lot of rest and is having bowel movements. We thought there would be a chance that she would be out of the hospital by now, but we are probably looking at another week. We are very hopeful and are reminded daily that the results of the surgery were very positive and now she just has to heal and get better. SHE WILL.
Shanda is awesome and I'm so proud of her. She is going through the worst HELL, I can't imagine.
I love her so much.