Last night ended up pretty well after a difficult start to the day yesterday. Jodi went to bed looking forward to a long restful night's sleep. Is that even possible in a hospital? The answer is definitively, "NO!!!" So at 1:00 a.m. the nurse came in with 'wonderful' news. "Jodi" she said, "The doctors are concerned because your sodium level is low. We have been instructed to give you a sodium infusion."
Hey, folks, do you know what a sodium infusion is? Do you know how its done? Well, the nurse takes a gigantic needle for an IV and tries 5 times to get it into a vein, causing some pretty remarkable spikes in the pain level in the process. The needle needs to be so big, because the sodium compound that is inserted through the IV is a thick and gritty substance that can't fit through a normal IV. After the insertion of this huge needle the solution begins to flow slowly and creates a dramatic burning session in the arm that feels more like fire than an IV intended to be of help.
That process lasted about an hour until 2:30 a.m. The nurses left and Jodi tried to get back to sleep only to have the nurses return at 4:00 a.m. to check her vitals. Then at 4:30 a.m. a guy came in to take a blood sample to determine if her sodium level was back to where it needed to be. Then at 6:00 a.m. a nurse came in with three salt tablets and four other medications that Jodi had to take. The salt pills created a strong feeling of nausea and the desire to expel it all.
About 6:30 a.m. the doctors came by on their normal daily round. Jodi asked about the sodium infusion and none of them knew who ordered it, but they promised to find out...simply amazing!!!
So it wasn't a fun night. Still Jodi is feeling pretty good right now despite it all.
Today's nurse is the sister of Jodi and Tolan's bishop. That's kind of cool.
At the moment Jodi is reading the newspaper trying to catch up on what's going on in the outside world (see the picture below). We think it is going to be a good day!
By the way, Jodi loved hearing all the comments on the blog from yesterday. Thanks again for helping to keep her spirits up. It's working!