Well, here we are on our 8th night in the hospital. Roller coaster is an understatement. I know I am preaching to the choir when I say this is such an emotional swing.
Dick's surgery, to clear the small bowel from adhesions went well Monday night. It has been real up and down with getting the bowels to wake up and they have been concerned that the part of the bowel that was hung up might have been too damaged to heal. Finally today, Friday, they think it is starting to work. The surgeon showed us the video of the operation on his ipad. It was incredible to watch them cut the adhesions away. The movie was from the tiny camera that was inserted inside of Dick. Truly incredible.
They have been working on getting Dick's blood pressure down. Dick started the day great, walking around (with his IV, pain meds, etc), shaving and having a friend visit Then he has quite a headache that came on today and they are not sure if that is from lack of nutrition or the high blood pressure. They started nutrition going in his port tonight. Of course we first had to deal with them not being able to draw blood from the port and having to put in a thinner of sorts. Finally 1.5 hours later they were able to draw blood and start the nutrition. He is not happy that he has been pushing his pain medicine button for the headache. He had really come down on it and then he started back up today. Hopefully that damn headache will go away.
Family has arrived to help and our college aged daughter flew in from California for the weekend. Dick loved seeing her today! She will spend the day here at the hospital tomorrow and then fly back to California on Sunday. It is wonderful having her home.
That's our update. Family and friends have been incredible. Please hold Dick in your prayers and loving thoughts.
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