On Valentine’s Day, 2014, my mom had open-heart surgery. I am chronicling the process here to keep our family and friends in the loop!
Saturday and Sunday were full of progress! Every so often they were able to remove more tubes and supports. On Sunday afternoon, she was moved to the cardiac step-down unit in the main hospital. Here are a few highlights from the past two days…
- Pain levels still high, but the pain management plan is working.
- They were able to turn the pacemaker down and eventually made it just a back up
- She can eat normal food
- They removed the tube in her neck and they took her off oxygen
- She was able to stand up and walk around a bit in the room
- Everyone got a bit more sleep!
- Her heart is working properly! It’s really amazing!
- Fluids were balancing out well so they were able to remove the drainage tubes (they were really long!)
- Mom was moved to the step-down unit (which is less intense than the ICU) this afternoon, which is about 48 hours after the end of her surgery
- We met with the PT person and she took mom on a walk around the hospital. She gave us some good arm and upper body exercises for mom to do and started teaching us ways to get her in and out of bed without straining the incision
- She got got a little itchy from her pain meds, but was helped with an antihistamine
- We can’t help ourselves and did make her laugh a bit today with a few cat stories and, well the picture below says it all..
Things are looking good for this evening. She may get a roommate tonight, but we will have to see. We will try to do another post tomorrow or tuesday! In the meantime, keep sending her messages of love here and on Facebook! She’s been seeing them and is very grateful!