Thursday, January 22, 2015

post - operative day 2 update

Avery has taken up court in the Pediatric wing and seems to be settling in. Day 2 pain is a little higher than day 1, but they have also taken off the continuous release med, so for pain she is relying on her pump.

The physiotherapist had her sitting in a chair, but she was done with that after about an hour and honestly looked uncomfortable the whole time. We figure her organs are settling in their new and proper homes, and that is making her not feel so great. The nurse cleared her for a Jolly Rancher hard candy, so that has been her primary sustenance. The kitchen offered her some toast and peanut butter - she was excited  about that, and did manage to eat almost 1/3 of the piece when it came.

Today she doesn't want to be up, preferring to recline at about 20°. The tape on her chest is making her itchy, but not the worst. They removed one of her IV lines this morning, and we are hopeful to have either the central line in her neck or the remaining inactive line in her right hand removed today too.

Andrew has decided that he wants to stay tonight - i really think she would be fine on her own, but maybe Andrew needs this for him - but after a night of constant alarms and nurses, he may decide that we are better for her when we are rested.

I noted that her right leg, which was sitting about 1 cm shorter than the left before surgery, appeared even shorter when I looked at her lying in bed, but  admittedly she wasn't lying straight, so hopefully it was just how she was positioned. I saw the surgical resident who aided in the surgery and he told me he was fairly certain I was mistaken, but until she is steady enough for x - rays,  I will just have to trust him.

I stepped outside for a few minutes this morning, realising i hadn't breathed fresh air since early Tuesday. Hopefully Avery will be a little more mobile tomorrow - or they will allow her to go in a wheelchair so we can walk around a little.
Oh, Avery's question for today was how much do the rods weigh? Surgical resident figured less than a pound.

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