Jodi wanted us to start this update with a wish to all of her friends running in the Ogden Marathon and Half Marathon tomorrow. She says, "Good luck!" and she wants you to know she'll be thinking about you and sending strong positive vibes your way.
Jodi started out this morning feeling quite a bit better than yesterday. She is able to control the facial muscles around her mouth a little more. She sounds almost normal when she speaks. Learning how to eat is a challenge, but she is making progress.
Dr. Shelton visited this morning and indicated that Jodi's progress is good and she shouldn't be worried about the things she is experiencing.
She does have a difficult time opening and closing the eyelid over her right eye and her hearing remains about the same, not very good. The nurses have to put drops in her eye frequently to keep it moist.
The doctor took her bandages off this morning. The incision is a large horizontal question mark shaped one. With the bandages off she was told she could take a shower if she was careful not to get the incision area wet. The shower was feeling great right up to the point where some water got in her nose. When she tried to blow the water out she felt like her head exploded. She had to have a nurse help her out of the shower and back into bed. That intensified her headache for a few hours.
Jodi enjoyed talking by phone with her kids this morning before Trenden and Lindi left for school. She misses them a lot! Tolan had "fun" trying to get them all breakfast, espcially since each one wanted something different.
Jodi is hoping her spinal headache goes away soon. That is one thing that continues to make this whole process hard, particularly when she needs to move at all.
The physical therapists keep coming in to work with Jodi to try and get her up and moving around, but with the spinal headache she can only do a very limited amount.
She still needs a lot of peace, quiet and rest.
It continues to be wonderful to read the comments posted on the blog and to receive all the emails and calls. Jodi appreciates everyone so much and so do the rest of us!!! Thank you so much!!!