11/12 2000 (8PM)
This experience continues to improve. The "gurl" is coming along fine. Tonight as I left her comfy and cozy with all special positioning done to relieve back, neck, knee, etc. discomfort, she was softly singing "Claire de Luna" (sp?). Sh had just said to me, "Honey, I think I've licked this thing." Her care team agrees. We all are realistic however; there could be many other bumps on the road to enchantment. The massive nature of the surgery leaves a myriad of possible problems. The folks at Sibley Hospital are phenomenal. Of course it helps when the patient frequently knows as much if not more about her care needs. The M.D.s do the orders and the science. The nursing and support staff execute the orders, AND they listen to Susan. There will be some more ICU days thanks to the conserving nature of her doctor; she wants "nothing to get in the way of Susan's existence."
For the good of the good-hearted patient, Susan's care team has made an executive decision, with which the patient agrees. We will not be receiving visitors at the hospital this time. Susan is a GRITS and feels obliged to extend her most cordial self to all her callers whenever and wherever they appear. Sister Mary, P.A. Pam and husband John are sparing her the work of the exhausting efforts such cordiality requires of her. So, visitors can come see her when she comes home.
Tomorrow is Sat. The hospital almost shuts down. There may not be much to say tomorrow or Sunday. Check for sure on Monday.
Thank you for your caring support.