I thought I would update you all on Loretta’s condition….
She’s doing fine. Of course, that isn’t good enough for her. She would rather be taking 4 mile walks and baking and planning some poor client’s demise for the upcoming week. Instead, she felt okay in the early morning but went downhill with nausea and general weakness. This was really foreign to her so she called the surgical team’s resident on call. Turns out it was the resident that saw Loretta first last Friday when we went in to meet the team and create a treatment plan.
The resident, Laura, is a cute and very personable 26ish newly minted MD who is doing all her rotations in various disciplines while she works towards her goal of being a plastic surgeon specializing in hands. She was the first one to see Loretta at SCCA and was there for the surgery. She called Loretta back immediately after Loretta left the message to contact her. The story was much the same as what I had been telling her – she was under general anesthesia for four hours and that takes a toll. Also, since Loretta is so active, the normal recovery time seems so much longer and harder to her.
At the end of the call she was reassured that everything was okay as long as she continued to feel better. And she does. She felt better today than she felt on Friday. Tomorrow I expect her to actually want to take a walk. I’m hoping that she also gets some sleep tonight. Sleep has been particularly difficult for her.
So, the bottom line is: she is recovering and getting better and stronger every day. Pain from the surgery isn’t a problem (Tylenol is all she has taken and she didn’t take any today). She got a shower this evening (what an adventure that was!) so she’s even kinda clean. She is asleep now and hopefully will stay that way until 6 or 7 tomorrow morning.
Tomorrow I will try to get her to post something here. Your response to this blog and to her battle has been amazing, humbling, and entertaining. All of your comments are read and appreciated very much so keep them coming. Thank you all.