Today Kirsten was moved from ICU to her Ward Room.
I’ll go back to earlier in the day shall I?
I arrived at the hospital to find Kirsten sitting in the chair alongside her bed, she was awake and more alert than the day before, the swelling around the surgical site seems to have peaked and looked the same as yesterday, her lips maybe a little bigger. The nurse joked that some women would pay to have the look like that.. Kirsten managed a smile. Beneath that pain her humour is still alive.
Dr W, The advanced fellow in Surgery who assisted during Kirsten’s surgery dropped by and removed the drain in her leg. Another small win in her recovery. While Dr W was there, he and I had a good conversation about Kristen’s recovery and a few other little things, he also mentioned that Dr P had flashed by earlier and 2 of the 3 drains in her neck were removed. After my brief email conversation with Dr P last night, I thought that I had missed my opportunity to chat, but as i found out later, this wasn’t to be the case.
At about 12:30 both Dr A and Dr P arrived to check on Kirsten. Dr A arrived first and with Dr W’s assistance examined the Fibula Flap and then removed the dressings on Kirsten’s leg to review how it was healing. I believe the words he used were “excellent, we can now move to 4 hour monitoring of the flap”, and with this Kirsten is out of the danger period.
Shortly after this, Dr P arrived and also had the same diagnosis, although did manage to mention his proposed 40km run planned for today :). You see, Dr P has had his on Fibulectomy and loves to boast he was up and running weeks after..
Between both doctors, I received answers to a few questions, the main one being of scarring and the requirement during surgery to do a skin graft. Happy to report this wasn’t necessary, Kirsten will heal with a lovely linear scar down the outside of her left leg, no butt skin on her leg as she was overheard saying one night 😛
Her left leg wont be able to bear any weight for some time, its a pretty serious break (they took out about 10 cm of bone) and needs to be treated just like a broken or fractured leg, 6 – 7 weeks before she will be able to put weight on it. Mick, might need those crutches for a little longer, this time for Kirsten, I hope they have a “tiny” setting 😛
Shortly after this I left Kirsten to rest, not before putting in an urgent request to Julie to drop by our home and grab some of Kirsten’s moisturiser.. thanks Julie, really appreciated that one!
I was visiting a potential client this afternoon when i received a text message from Julie who had been intercepted at the ICU waiting room by some nurses who recognised her. they happily reported that Kirsten had just been moved to her ward room and she could visit as pleased.
So on to some more serious notes.
Kirsten is now able to receive visitors, but I need to ensure some of the following ground rules initially
1. If you have the slightest hit of a cold, infection, sniffle, cough or general “unwellness”, please don’t visit. Kirsten is susceptible to infections at this stage.
2. Please no kids, 2 reasons, the first is that Kirsten is still attached to many tubes and I don’t want any unfortunates issues and second, I want the first child Kirsten to see be Alannah!
3. Dont feel you need to stay if you do visit, Kirsten needs to rest and when she has visitors, she feels like she needs to be attentive.
4. Enjoy the sound of your own voice :), Kirsten can’t respond. Also please don’t mention anything about needles or blood, this makes her extremely uncomfortable and her heart rate just drastically.
5. Please call me (or email) before any visit, and please don’t be disappointed if I ask you not to visit. This is at least for the next 5 – 7 days.
6. If you intend on sending or bring flowers DO NOT SEND LILIES!! Kisten’s allergies are sensitive to them. If they are sent, please don’t be upset to find them on the nurses station
7. If you have never visited anyone who has had this kind of surgery, don’t be squeamish, the tubes and attachments can be a little confronting, these should be removed by the end of next week.
I’m hoping that the nurses in her ward are as lovely as the ICU nurses I’ve had the pleasure to deal with, but I’m a little concerned this may not be the case, there was a slight issue when they moved Kirsten with connecting the breathing apparatus to her, they forgot a tube. At first the nurse didn’t believe her but when she checked at Kristen’s persistence she found this to be the case. You see, Kirsten’s throat had gone dry which had never happened before, so she knew something was up.
So, lets hope this was a one-off issue and that her time in the ward is as comfortable as when in ICU in terms of care received.
Tash, if you read this, the lasagna was awesome!.. Rod you have something to live up to 🙂
I also think that Alannah is starting to realise that mummy isn’t around at the moment, I will have to keep an eye on this, but I’m not sure I can be mummy. She is definitely much more clingy.