Sunday, September 25, 2011
Well, it's time for another update. Shanda is continues to improve daily, I'm so proud of the progress she has made. The very first night she was here was a night she would not like to repeat. When she came back from surgery, she was very comfortable, but maybe a little too comfortable. The epidural was too strong and the numbness in her body was climbing up to her chest, which slowed her breathing down. They completely stopped the epidural for one hour, and thats when the hell started for Shanda. One can understand how painful it must have been, hours out of surgery, not to have pain medication. Poor shanda suffered the next 10 hrs while the nurses tried to get her pain under control. Of course she didn't get any sleep and was just miserable. Well, here we are two days later, and things are much better. Her pain management is under control, and she is eager for the next step- "Get the dang tube out f my nose" .
Because her bowels are asleep, she is given a long tube that goes up her nose and down her throat to the stomach. I know what you are thinking , I want one of those too. Anyway, as you can imagine, Shanda hates this thing, her throat hurts, she can't talk, and is constantly thirsty ( no liquids until it is out). MISERY is the best word I can come up with. So, until her bowels wake up, that stays in. Dr says the more she walks around, the quicker her bowels wake up and the dang tube can come out... so, she walks a TON, I love it, it is so who she is. She gets something in her mind, and does anything to get it accomplished. She is wearing me out with all the walking, but well worth it. We do laps around the hospital floor 2-3 times per day, even in the middle of the night. I love her. We just saw the Dr and he listened to her bowels and he is hoping to pull the tube out tomorrow, so we will wait and see.
This is our third major surgery and visit to this Hospital in Spokane. She is usually here for a couple weeks at a time, so nurses around here start to look familiar. They all know Shanda and remember her very well from past visits. They just love her. They appreciate her upbeat personality and great positive spirit. Shanda definitely sticks out on this floor, she is by far the youngest patient, (not a lot of cancer patients at 32), she loves to talk to everybody, and people just gravitate towards her. It has been fun to see her interactions with staff and other patients. I'm so proud to call her my wife.
Anyway, gotta go, more will come.
Posted by Larry, Shanda, Aana, and Addison