Thursday, March 26, 2009

Home from the hospital

We are home from the hospital, after a day which began poorly but is ending quite nicely.

Sherrie didn't do well during the night or most of the day today. The effects of the anaesthesia hit her pretty hard. She couldn't keep food down until late this afternoon, and had a headache much of the day.

At noon they removed the IV drug (a heavy-duty narcotic). The drug helped her make it through the night, but affected her poorly, making her dizzy and probably contributing to the nausea. When they removed the narcotics, they gave her an anti-nausea drug and started her on Ibuprofen. About an hour later, she was able to keep down some soup and a banana. She then fell asleep for about four hours!

When she woke up, the headache was still present, but the nausea was gone. After about an hour or so, we decided to go home. We got the discharge instructions and were out the door.

Sherrie perked up on the ride home, and was downright chipper after some more soup and a couple of Oreos. Right now, she's sleeping in her chair while the TV serenades her. I expect her to wake up soon and want more to eat.

The next step will be to remove the drain in her chest, but that can't happen until we collect less than 30cc of fluid in a day, and the doctor's available to take it out. In about two weeks, we'll go back to the plastic surgeon to get the stitches out, and we'll have our first appointment with the oncologist.

A rough couple of days, but days full of blessings from a loving Heavenly Father. Many people have taken care of us in a variety of ways today. We are humbly grateful.

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