BREAKTHROUGH

Sarah spent most of the day in a continual drowsy, sleepy state.

Feeling all round was that it wasn’t great her being that way and although the pain killers were being reduced, there didn’t seem to be much change in her vitality.

However, things seemed to really improve right on about 7pm, halfway through my visit.

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POST 48 HOUR MARK

As it was explained to us, yesterday and Thursday were the 2 most crucial days – and now here we are past that hurdle and hopefully now looking forward to some slightly more comfortable days for Sarah over the next 48 hours this weekend.

Doctors continue to be pleased with Sarah’s progress and both visited this morning.

Sarah continues to be super-tired but it has been decided to reduce the level of one of the pain killers that is contributing to the tiredness, so by this afternoon she may be feeling a little more spritely – relatively speaking of course.

Despite the tiredness, she is comfortable and making good progress.

A BIG STEP

I arrived at the hospital at 9am and Sarah was much more tired than she was yesterday. I think the “day after” relief that she actually got through the operation had dissipated. But to be tired is good, as it means recovery and healing.

But, after a couple of hours rest she managed to take tentative first steps and stood up for the first time. She then was able to sit more upright in a chair for an hour or so, wriggling her feet to assist blood flow and taking some deep breaths to get the lungs performing as they should. So a real breakthrough! Has to repeat the procedure again this afternoon.

Sarah was relieved that the pain wasn’t quite as bad as she had been anticipating which was great.

Now sleeping again.

All good for now.

THE DAY AFTER

Somewhat more comfortable…

THE DAY AFTER

Sarah had a night of being woken up every 15 minutes to be monitored after the surgery. She was completely out of it as you would expect during the time this was going on. I arrived at the ICU this morning at 11am to find her looking much better, in less pain and overall a lot more comfortable. She was pleased to be able to have someone there with her and explain a little bit about what went on just after the operation. I shared some texts with her that had come in from all her friends which she enjoyed very much. After cutting up her lunch and feeding her, she was packed up and moved to St Vs Private, into her own room. She remains very, very tired but feels if she can get a good night’s sleep tonight, that will be a big help.
Tomorrow will be a tough day for her as she needs to get up out of bed and move around, essentially to ensure no blood clots form. The doctors are very pleased with their work and all key indicators post-op are where they should be. Let’s trust that trend continues…

OPERATION COMPLETE

Sarah emerged from surgery at 10pm tonight, after 12 hours on the operating table. I saw her at about 1030, just as she was starting to waken from the anaesthetic. She was in quite a lot of pain and discomfort but after about half an hour of adjusting morphine and panadeine levels and organising some dry mouth relief and the oxygen feed, she was much more settled when I left at about midnight. There are wires and drips everywhere and she is going to be waken through the night for ongoing but critical tests. The doctor is very pleased with the result of the surgery and at this stage there are no complications (not expecting any, but still very early days!). Sarah’s sister Anna was by her bed which made Sarah very happy – so thanks Anna for being there for her! Day 2 tomorrow…

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