Katy was supposed to be in the OR early this morning, but she got rescheduled for later in the morning. She went in around 10:30am, and I saw her again at 1:30pm. The surgeries usually only take an hour to two hours, but they use the opportunity to clean the bed, clean her linens, etc. I’m sure it is much easier to do when there isn’t someone lying in the bed!
Katy had her leg wounds, and her abdominal wounds, cleaned today. The right leg will need two small skin grafts, the left leg looks ok, the left arm looks good, and the right arm is close behind the left one. The righht arm has a little catching up to do due to some infection they romoved last week, but the packing they are using seems to be helping the arm heal. Her scar from the stomach surgery is healing as expected, and (if she passes an SBT, and a “water seal test-I hope I have that correct) they will extubate her, and remove one of the chest tubes, tomorrow. Also, as long as she can be safely medicated for pain, they shouldn’t need to take her to the OR for VAC changes anymore. Only if the level of meds needed for her to not feel it start to affect her breathing will they do wound care in the OR again.
Her lower abdominal wound, from the original hysterectomy surgery, will need the VAC for a while longer. Preliminary estimate (I stress estimate) is another month. The wound was deep enough that she had no tissue above her intestine, leaving it exposed. She is starting to repair in the area, and the VAC seems to be helping. It will not prevent her from starting PT, though. Her spleen is still in the process of correcting for the damaged area, but that will take care of itself with time.
Her culures continue to come back negative. That is a very good thing. Hopefully, the fluid being removed from her pleural area, and the spleen will explain her fevers, and, hopefully, the fevers will start to reduce. They did a sonogram of her heart, yesterday, to make sure that no infection has set into her heart valves. The sonogram didn’t reveal any infection in her heart.
Katy was in a good mood, and enjoyed listening to music and hearing me read her horoscope and the news. It still lights the room when she smiles.
While we were in Cozumel, we did a LOT of snorkeling. We swam with grouper, tuna, seagent majors, eels, and even saw a native dive down and bring up a sea tortoise. We snorkeled 3 reefs, including Palancar, the world’s second largest barrier reef. We sailed all day on the ZoroII, which was a giant catamaran. We set sail early in the morning, hit the 3 reefs, ate lunch at a resort on another island, and then came back that evening. Katy and I got to the dock where the boat picked us up way too early. As we sat waiting, we watched 2 pelicans fishing very close to the dock. The female pelican got chased off of the lone tree trunk sticking out of the water. She settled on the dock not too far from where we were. Katy and I, both being bird lovers, were amazed at the beauty of this large, and ancient looking, bird. We slowly moved closer, allowing the pelican to get comfortable with us. And, after a half hour of trust building, Katy took a picture of me sitting next to a wild pelican. It is one of our favorite memories. We both love to see animals in the wild, and were honored that this beautiful lady let us get close to her. She was so relaxed by the time we took the picture, that she was preening herself with me only a few feet away. After this amazing start to our day, we set sail for the 3 reefs. The day was beautiful. The breeze was calm and cool, and the water was transparent blue. According to the depth meter of one of the guides, we were able to see 100 feet down. I’m not sure what kind of fish I saw when I snorkeled out over a fire coral cliff at Palancar, but it was swimming very deep, and made the 7′ grouper look TINY! Katy and I quickly made for shallower water! We applied sunscreen all day, but were not prepared for what we discivered the next morning. When you are snorkeling, your body sticks out of the water in a particular way. For Katy, this meant a PERFECT circle sunburn from her lower back to upper thighs. You could not draw a more perfect circle with a protractor. Katy has fair skin, and always gets mad at me because I turn brown, and she turns red, and then freckles. Sitting down was tough for her for a few days, but got her the strongest sunscreen they sold, and continued to explore Cozumel, Plaa Del Carmen, Xel-Ha, Tulum, and several other sites. I talked with her about our trip to Cozumel, today. We both smiled thinking about how much fun it will be to go back with all 3 of our kids.
Love to all,