Suzanne and I were picked up by our dashing chauffer (her husband Scott and kids) and whisked off to Northwestern. Let’s just say that the wall of cold air that hit me at the front door of the hotel was a shock. We had stayed snug in the hotel until today and it’s a bit different looking out at the cold weather than walking out into it.
The doctor saw me and said I looked great. Incision looks great. Bloodwork looks great. We talked about pain management, diet, and hydrating. He said, in his charming accent, “Advance, Eat, Be Happy, Drink!” Then he quickly clarified that he was talking about drinking water. Oh, and he told me to eat prunes. Enough Said.
The happiest news was that they took my drain out. I now have nothing in or attached to my body that isn’t supposed to be there. I did a little happy dance. Really.
The plan was for me to take a taxi back to t he hotel to rest but I felt so good that I went to lunch with Scott, Suzanne, Tyler, Krista, and Kyle instead. I exercised my new dietary freedom by ordering real food and eating about 1/8 of it. Progress. When we did get back to the hotel I sat down to look at email and maybe write a little and two hours later I woke up!!! Yes, it was a big day.
Gay is still at Northwestern but with really good news. They had been unable to clearly see one of the arteries in her liver to make sure blood was flowing properly. But the head of radiology at Northwestern rode in on his white horse and did a high def ultrasound and all arteries are flowing great!!! They are going to monitor her every day for hydration, blood pressure, and balancing medications. She will probably come back to the hotel tomorrow.
Rick is still blogging his thoughts as we process this as a family. You can catch his musings here. Love Love Love to all of you! ~Sonya
A few pics from the day….