Thursday was a set back day is some ways and a boost in other ways. Let me explain….
Let me start with the good:
Kramer has managed pain now. It’s much better than yesterday. I think just knowing the epidural was a fail was helpful. Previous to knowing this he couldn’t figure out why the pain was so intense. Now that he knew, he could understand. I think it always helps anytime we have more knowledge about our situation. They had opted to keep the epidural in place just in case it was helping just a little but that got removed today.
Kramer has been up and walking and feels good about walking. Like Kalissa told you yesterday, he is listening and doing exactly what is expected of him. To be honest, I anticipated him being a little “bucky”. He has been a time or two with me (Like any husband) but here he’s been kind and considerate to his nurses even when he hasn’t felt very good.
He is walking further each day and that makes me feel really, really good. It gives me more confidence that he’ll do okay when he gets home.
For the bad news…
His chest tube hasn’t been draining a lot and his cough has been more fluid like. He’s coughing and spitting up quite a lot. This is good to get the fluid out but painful for him. On my part, I hate hearing him cough as I know it’s painful. Every time I have to remind myself that it’s actually good that he’s coughing.
He went down to x-ray again and will again until the chest tube comes out and he’s doing a little better. The x-ray has been hard to read as the mass is still in his lung and it’s hard for the doctor to differentiate what is mass and what is fluid. So..now an ultrasound is what he needed.
The morning had a lot of bad news…his oxygen levels went down overnight so they had to put a different breathing mask on him..then he couldn’t sleep. He hasn’t slept the best at all while he’s been here. I am convinced that once I get him home he’ll sleep for a full 24 hours. He has expressed that it’s very hard to sleep because he wakes from all the beeping machines. Poor guy. Typically sleeping is never an issue for him.
People have been so great and kind to us. Roger’s boss had food sent to us today. Four sandwiches and four soups along with cookies. It was great to be able to stay close and eat..plus the food was good. We so appreciate the kindness. All of you have been great with your kind comments and words cheering us on. Kramer reads all of it and is so appreciative.