Today was a better day than yesterday. She only vomited once and luckily her pills didn't come back up. Her nurse commented that her ability to keep the pills down was quite a talent. Wendy told her it wasn't talent, but prayer. She prays before the pills are delivered, as she swallows them down, and while she waits for her stomach to settle once they are down.
She started on yet another new pain medication today, Norco. This specific narcotic pain reliever is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Norco and 600mg of Motrin will be given to Wendy every four hours. She gets very uncomfortable before the four hour interval is up so she is still able to access pain medication from the PCA Infusion Pump.
Wendy went on three walks today. She also met with both her OT and PT. Her OT is teaching her how to move, bend, and complete every day activities independently. Because of her large incision site she is unable to bend her torso. She was taught how to use a grabber tool to pull up socks, clothes, and reach for items instead of bending over.
If Wendy gets good sleep tonight and has a productive morning she will get to go outside for the first time in 27 days! A nurse suggested Wendy and her dad walk over and grab a warm beverage from Starbucks. Her nurses are hoping the trip outside will inspire her to get out of the hospital even more quickly.
Wendy had her Wound V.A.C. changed today. The incision site continues to heal and get smaller. The nurse said that they will start changing it every three days. She won't have to have it changed again until Monday. Wendy is thankful for the extra day because the removal and re-installation process is very painful. Wendy will most likely go home with the Wound V.A.C.
Wendy's roommate went home today. Her nurse is going to try and prevent a new roommate from moving in in the next 24 hours and limit as many interruptions as possible so she can get some rest tonight.
An extra special thank you to Nurse Scarlett for taking such good care of Wendy today. She was like a little mother hen to Wendy, extremely attentive of her needs and protective over her opportunities to sleep.
CB and GB really feel like Wendy turned a corner today. They are seeing slight improvements. They all continue to do the best they can and are thankful for their family and friends' heart felt prayers and selfless gestures.
- Wendy's gastrointestinal system continues to work and is healthy.
- She gets more sleep tonight.
- No more nausea.
- Wound V.A.C. being changed every three days.
- Occupational and physical therapists that encourage and teach independence.
- No roommate and a quieter room tonight.
Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Proverbs 30:5