It’s 3:14 am as I type this. Pi time. It’s shift change time. Linda has had a few hours sleep in bed, taken care of the dog, and returned to the hospital to tag me. She will now be with Mary Ellen as she sleeps and I will get some sleep here at home.
Mary Ellen has been recovering well, but she has had very little “awake time.” This is probably for the best, as she has a lot of fresh pain to manage. The very good news is that her breathing has not been so shallow his time around, which means she has not been awakened frequently by alarms and parent’s reminders to take “deep breaths” so often. Morphine has been her friend. When she does wake up, it’s to say “ouch” and gladly press the green button again.
Mary Ellen has had some nausea to deal with this time, which is no fun at all. But the second anti-nausea medication they tried seems to have done the trick. She still hasn’t really had anything but a bit of water since before midnight on Monday though. We ordered a cup of tea for her dinner. It’s all she wanted. But, it grew cold while she slept and she never had an opportunity to enjoy it.
There is much more to tell, but it’s for Mary Ellen to tell, herself, when she is awake again. So far, she’s made two brave attempts to scribble something down for me to transcribe to her blog. However, she faded after a few partial sentences each time.
And so, like Linda and I, you must wait patiently for Mary Ellen’s recovery. Thanks so much for all the kind thoughts and prayers. It’s what we can do for now, and it’s enough.