Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Day 6......Coming home soon

It's been 6 days since Sam's surgery and all signs are pointing to the hospital releasing her on Thursday as planned. However, much to Sam's dismay, she has had to battle her way through a series of unforeseen difficulties since she came out of surgery. Things she didn't expect nor anticipate have made the last 6 days that much more challenging. A combination of intense pain, body itch spells, nausea, and spasms have been her unwelcome companion during the last week. To add insult to injury, she has had a sore throat over the last couple of days which her mom believes to be tonsillitis/strep throat. After I spoke with Sam last night, the throat culture had not come back yet but it doesn't take a doctor to know that all the signs are pointing in that direction. To make things worse, she has had zero appetite which doesn't help fight off the infection nor help build up her strength for her daily physical therapy sessions. Her mom has informed me that she's doing great in her physical therapy sessions (she's up on crutches now) but after completion is completely exhausted since she's not getting the energy she needs due to loss of appetite. The nausea comes back from time to time, as you would imagine by taking some pretty stiff pain meds on an empty stomach.
For those that know Sam well, you know she is fighting to stay positive and get back on her feet. She's giving it everything she has. Every time I speak with her I tell her about the comments on her blog and how everyone is sending their best wishes and thoughts. Please continue to show your support for her. We all know this will get better as the days go by, but for Sam, each day is another challenge.
I'll post again when I know if she will be released for sure on Thursday.


PHil said...

Hi Sam, It looks like you'll be Alabama bound tomorrow. Great news once again! I'm biased, of course, as I've always found Boston to be one of the least enjoyable places on earth. Alabama, on the other hand, is absolutely magnificent. Lex and Bernie tell me this, so it must be so.

I will not be presumptuous enough to wish you a good flight - just grit your teeth and get through it.

Some time ago, I talked to Lex about the alternatives to flying you down. She gave short shrift to my suggestion that we Fedex you, influenced no doubt by the Tom Hanks movie. Too bad too, I'd worked out most of the problems with air and food.

Were it not winter, driving down in a luxury motor home would have been a trip I would have volunteered for. I've made the drive before, albeit in a school bus loaded with windsurfing gear, and it's not that bad as long as you hit New York in the middle of the night.

Take care, Sam, a day at a time . . .

Denise said...

Looks like you are on the verge of the great escape. Fantastic! Once you are out of Dodge City you know the rest will be heavenly in comparison. I'm convinced they make hospital stay so bloody awful that no-one wants to extend their stay and burden the medical system one minute longer than necessary. Wondering about the oxymoron lurking in the word "hospitality"??
Once you are back in Atlanta and we celebrate your return to 'the far side", you can taunt Lauren about the fact that you were up on crutches weeks before she was :-)
You Go Girl!!!
PS - Who is Phil? He sure is a laugh! Does he have his own Blog? He should. I don't know how I'm going to get by without my daily dose of Phil.
Sending you and Alexis hugs