She was -supposed- to be discharged today but at 3 this morning she spiked a 103 temp. All blood cultures and labs came back normal and her 3 incisions looks great. One thought is that when they intubated her during the surgery, it irritated her throat and she has pharyngitis and that *could* have caused a temp. I've been at the hospital from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Kelli just took over. Last I was told was that they're calling in the Infectious Disease Dr. again "just in case"...the surgeon was in and cleared her to discharge since his incisions looked good. She is coughing a lot so who knows? She might have picked up a virus in the hospital.
The vision is better and the headaches will take about another week to go according to the surgeon. She goes back a week from today to have her staples removed from her incisions. She's do to little for the next 6 weeks and after that her main restrictions are anything that she has to reach and jump for, as in basketball or volleyball, as that could dislodge the shunt and she would have a spinal fluid leak which wouldn't be good. As she has never played either sport seriously, I don't think that will be a problem. What will be a problem is her getting used to oral versus IV pain relief. Hopefully the incisional pain will fade, the headaches will fade and she won't have a need for anything stronger than ibuprofen.
It is by your prayers and the grace of God that this family is still physically going. We will never be able to thank you enough.
Roger made 10 dozen chocolate chip cookies and we distributed them to her nurses, NAs and staff on all three shifts for the phenomenal job they did taking care of her and our every need. To her day charge nurse who went over and beyond the call of duty in keeping her in excellent nursing care so I could go home at night, Roger and Kelli made bread and we gave her a hot loaf last night. I usually subscribe to the theory that none of my family will be at the hospital alone but it was so great to sleep at night and know she was getting top notch care until I could get there at 6 a.m.
I will update as I know more. Have a wonderful weekend!
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