Jodi is feeling much better today than she was yesterday. She was moved mid-day from Neuro Intensive Care to Neuro Acute Care. That's good! She also had a sponge bath and was able to brush her teeth, both of which made her feel better.
We've been able to talk a lot and it was particularly enjoyable to watch her as we read yesterday's posts to the blog and the comments all of you made. She had tears in her eyes and a smile in her heart as she heard the expressions of love and support. Thank you again! You all are wonderful!
She continues to experience some of the natural consequences of this type of brain surgery. She has a severe "spinal headache", blurred vision in her right eye, little and only fuzzy hearing in her right ear. The headache is a result of the loss of spinal fluid associated with the surgery. The eyesight and hearing challenges are from swelling, which is also natural with this surgery. The doctor said these should all be better in a matter of a few days.
The facial muscle paralysis will take weeks or months to improve, according to Dr. Shelton and Dr. Couldwell. They confirmed that the nerve controlling the facial muscles is in good condition and should heal itself, but that is a slower process.
Because of the paralysis, Jodi is having a difficult time with trying to eat anything. She can only control half of her mouth, so it is hard to hold in any liquid. She can't chew. The movement of her jaw causes too much head pain, so she is really only able to have soft foods for now. Even that is a bit of a challenge. She can't open her mouth much at all so we've had to use the handle end of a spoon to give her pudding, etc.
We are still assuming it will be Monday or so before she will be able to leave the hospital.
Mom and Dad Orgill were with her for 6 hours today and Tolan will be there until late tonight.
We'll let you know when it is okay to visit...maybe in another day or so.
With all the physical challenges, Jodi is still pleasantly and gratefully overwhelmed, as are we all, with the continued outpouring of support in the form of comments on the blog, emails, phone calls, etc. etc.
If anyone wants to send a get well card or flowers they should be sent to:
Neuro Acute Care - Room #5
University of Utah Hospital
50 North Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84132
Thank you again and again for all of your love and support!!!