Everything seems to be under control now. Her blood work is looking good. Today her platelets came up a little and that was on their own. This is only the second time in months. Sodium is holding strong. Her headaches have subsided. She had several days of terrible pain but the last three days have either had minor or no headaches.
The doctor is really doing a great job of getting everything working for us to get home. He's the doc that thought about trying the bi-pap machine instead of a ventilator. It is working great and this will make it so much easier to go home. Now he is working on getting her meds just right and in a form that we will easily be able to administer at home. We love him!
Although Kathryn didn’t sleep at all last night she did get up for PT and wheeled herself in the wheel chair and sat in it for a while in the lobby. We all sat by the fish tank watched the fish cuddle. We are letting her sleep for a little bit and then we are going to make her exercise. The goal is to wear her out so she will sleep tonight.
I have had several people tell me that the anxiety is common when people are in the ICU for a while. Going home can be scary. Here they feel safe since there is a nurse or RT just around the corner at all times. We have tried to assure Kathryn that she will be safe at home. We will have a nurse at night to watch her and a machine that will help her breath if she needs it. This anxiety explains why she has had a hard time sleeping the past two nights. She knows we are close to going home.
We turned her bed so she can look out the window and watch for the snow.
Our tree is still up and doing fine. Scott bought it 40 days ago and we put it in the house the next day. It is amazing. Usually a tree would have been in such bad shape two weeks ago that it would be long gone by now. It’s now the 14th of January and it is still alive and not even dropping a bunch of needles.
Early evening Kathryn got her hair washed with real shampoo and water. One of the nurses had a great method for doing this in bed. It must have felt so good.
She has also been practicing talking and did some leg exercises. Maybe we have burned her out so she will sleep tonight.