Saturday, July 3, 2010
NSL 5K 2010- Team Jamie
Cute Susi and Brighton, taking a nice stroll on the 5K course.
As for my progress, Dr. Reid is gone until Tuesday for the holiday weekend so we met with Dr. Caine, one of his partners. My lung looks like it's doing better and the fluid has decreased so I was taken off suction. I will have an xray taken tomorrow morning and if it looks the same or better than the one taken this morning, then the tube will be clamped. I will have an xray on Monday and if everything still looks good, my tube will be pulled Monday and I will be monitored the whole day, leaving probably Tuesday. So, that would mean I would be getting out exactly two weeks since I checked in. Not exactly what we were planning at the beginning, but I'm learning these things can't really be 'planned.' Everyone's body recovers so differently. Mine is just happening to take its own sweet time. Last night I had another hard night. I was in pain mostly from my bowels. Only going once in 10 days will do that to you. I'm told when you're on narcotics, stuck in bed, and not drinking enough water, it's a recipe for bowel disaster. I called my nurse at 3am because I was in excruciating pain. I won't go into all the details, but let's just say I had an enema and things worked itself out. I was able to go again around 1pm, which helped my stomach settle down some more. I'm told with me being off the epidural now, that should help regulate my bowels. Because I wasn't tolerating oxycodon and lortab, and only getting the dilaudid in IV form, we needed to figure out what kind of oral pain meds worked and that I could take once I got home. I'm now on ultram, a pain med that works as a narcotic but isn't as strong as percocet and lortab. It's perfect. I'm glad the dr found something that takes away the pain but doesn't make me incredibly sick and loopy. Anyway, things are slowly but surely getting better. Crossing our fingers Tuesday is the big day.
PS Here are my girls and I eating at an Italian restaurant in the Bellagio on our Vegas trip 2 months ago: