In the mean time, you will have to settle for this tiny picture of the Oklahoma Heart Hospital. Sorry. That is where I have been spending countless hours over the last five months, but especially over this last week. I am learning a lot about hospital life. Such as....weekends are super slow, doctors make their rounds during very early morning hours, nurses work impressive twelve hour shifts, and as good as the hospital food is here, it does get old after five months.
In all fairness, though, I would not wish for my mom to be at any other hospital right now. The care we receive here is AMAZING. The doctors are highly skilled to care for heart patients and the nurses have all been both competent and compassionate. It is a new facility, clean and more like a hotel (if you use your imagination a little....). I cannot stress enough how grateful I am for the care she has received.
Today my mom was groggy, but awake and able to communicate by writing notes. The pain medication she received throughout the day kept her very sleepy, which is good. She needs to rest. That's mainly what we did today-- taking turns sitting in the room while mom slept. She would occasionally need her notebook or chap stick or the temperature in the room adjusted, but overall she just slept today. Her surgeon, her pulmonologist, and her infectious disease doctor all saw her this morning and agreed that she looks very good considering what her body went through over the last 24 hours. Keep in mind she received 6 units of blood yesterday!
Moving forward things are slow and steady. I'm okay with slow as long as the healing continues to be steady. That's our prayer. Healing for her incision and patience for the journey.