Sorry I haven’t updated in 2 days. So the 2nd surgery went well and they took her into ICU. That morning she woke up and was in a good bit of pain. The 2nd surgery she says multiply the pain level immensely as she still hasn’t got her pain under control. They came in and gave her an ultrasound to make sure the veins and arteries were working well, they were very happy with the results. Her breathing was great but she was getting a cough. She drank A LOT of water the day of surgery because of the severe side affect from the pain killer (Daludid) as it caused her severe cotton mouth. The next day they actually put her on water restriction and she could only have soup, jello and pudding. She says it was more of a sodium restriction. By the way I am sitting here at 10:17pm on August 18, 2011 and she is telling what to write as she falls asleep and wakes back up. She hardly got any sleep maybe 2-3 hours. They also did a picc line so they wouldn’t have to poke her multiple times when she finally got a room (her veins are HORRIBLE and SO PAINFUL!!!!). They start around the bicep and its goes through the vein up the arm and connects right above the heart. To make sure they had proper placement they used an ultrasound machine to be able to find the vein they want and then did a chest X-ray to make sure they got the proper placement. Oh and she has had a low hematocrit (Blood Level) of 21-27 so they have been giving her blood and plasma transfusions.
KELLY WENT HOME!!!! She was one happy liver giver.
She woke up at 3am then woke back up at 5am to “shower time” she got a sponge bath. Oh yea we are STILL in ICU they have no beds for her to move into. They switched her to a different ICU room and told her it would be easier and we got stuck in a smaller room. So now after 7 days in ICU we just want a room. They have been looking for a private room on the 9 long floor and they are renovating so there are 3-4 rooms that are not in use. There was a guy next to us that waited 48 hours and finally got on the floor around 4:00-5:00pm. Then she got to see her PT (Physical Therapist) and she got up and walked like 3x the amount she was suppose to. She was only suppose to walk a little bit but there was a window, where her old room was, that showed the golden gate bridge so she said she was determined to get over there and see it. SHE DID GREAT!!! She got back to the bed and was exhausted. We have been working on getting out of the bed and sitting in a chair then going back into the bed multiple times during the day. Her hematocrit was/is 25 today and they stopped doing blood transfusions this morning around 5:00-10:00am . It is now 11:03pm on 8/18/11 and she is sleeping on me so I will try to update again HOPEFULLY tomorrow. We are also STILL in ICU.
Please pray that we are able to get a room fast and that her breathing and hematocrit (blood level) increases. Thank You all so much I don’t know how I can really express my appreciation to everyone. Kortni wants to update tomorrow with some of the amazing things God has done, she is just too tired tonight. 😉 She says the steroids are keeping her up at night.