Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Fishbowl

We're still in ICU. It's like being in a fishbowl. There is the window to outside and opposite that there is a window to the unit. I can see the nurses, techs, anyone going by, into other patients glass windows, and they can see me. It's a bit unnerving at first, but you get used to it pretty quick. I'm already making a mental checklist of what to pack when Maranda is here....don't have all the space or "amenities" that we are used to on floor 7.

We will be moving back to floor 7 sometime today. That's a good thing. Lisa has been doing well and her vitals are holding. They took out the breathing tube yesterday and will be taking out most of the extra "plastic" before we move. She's in a lot of discomfort when we roll her side to side, so they've opted to leave in the catheter for another day just so she doesn't have to get up to use the bathroom.

This morning is the first she was really complaining about the pain, which is to be expected. We're using morphine, tylenol and ice to try and keep her comfortable. She's been laying pretty still and sleeping on and off most of the morning.

Lisa is back to hating anyone wearing a white coat, scrubs or stethoscope and tells them that as soon as they walk in the room. While understandable, she does sound pretty menacing and not like the happy princess everyone is used to on floor 7.

There is some talk about having her get up and move around a little bit today which I find surprising given the complexity and length of surgery. It's amazing how fast the body starts to heal. I hope we can keep up with the excellent progress. I'm sure God is answering all the prayers when I see how well Lisa is handling things; it could be so much worse.

So...we all know what to do...keep praying!!



Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update. I am glad she is recovering well.

Take care,


PS: Thanks for the braclet!

Jeanette said...

She is such a smart little cookie! And she's a fighter which is great! If she can tell people off already that just shows how strong she is.:)Go Lisa!
Love to you all,

Diane Ebeling said...

We say, if she is able to complain, that's awesome! You go girl!

love and hugs,

Diane and JuliAnna

Anonymous said...

I am glad that things are going good. She is a string fighter, she can get through anything....

I love you guys and I am praying each day

Your awsomeness Zookeeper

Anonymous said...

Lisa and your entire family are in our continued prayers. God is GOOD!
Your western Michigan couple.

Anonymous said...

Gotta love a little girl with spunk! Keep fighting Lisa!

The Chemotti's

Anonymous said...

Lisa, I'm learning so much from you.
* Telling it like it is regardless of perceived status or authority.
* Being able to separate the activity of puking into its own category so when it's done you can go play.
* Asking for help when you need it.
* Feeling and acknowledging your emotions.
Your are very wise and so are your mom and dad. ;).

Love you all,