So Long ICUPosted: March 3, 2011
It’s Amy Hoover here. Nancy has been doing really well. She’s super tired. Come to find out her new breasticles have to have their arterial blood flow checked once an hour and it’s been that way since the surgery ended yesterday and will be through tomorrow…..so cat naps abound. They made her get up and have a “sitting trial” time for an hour and she did really well. To hear her tell the doctors about it, it was “hard” but as an observer she handled the “trial” with grit and humor–typical Nancy. I think she handled it better than her first trip off the bed post mastectomy!
The people working at Methodist are doing a great job responding to her needs and that morphine pump responds at the touch of the button. We just went over her “Daily goals/Patient needs” which are posted on her wall in her new room:
1. pain control
2. regular diet
3. cough and deep breath 10x/hour
5. SCD on legs
Yes, I know there’s no 4, but I call it like I see it! (and we are not sure what SCD stands for, but she does have compression stockings on her legs and some pump thing to keep blood clots at bay). So….number one goal is pain control and Mr. Morphine pump is at the ready. I reminded her that she’s not here to prove anything so not to try to wait it out but go ahead and push that button if she feels the pain. Pain control is the NUMBER ONE goal!
Dr. S. called in today to check on her and Nancy got tickled because he had to wait on hold for quite a while for Nurse Carol who was busy taking care of Nancy.
Dr. Spiegel came by and checked out the results and is really, really pleased. From my layman’s point of view, I agree.
She’s resting now and it is definitely quieter in this room, so hopefully it will be a good nap. She has requested an Ambien to help her sleep tonight. After her nap she will have to sit in the chair again.
Tomorrow’s plan is to do a little bit of walking and take a shower. We expect to see the doctor in the early morning.