Jodi is doing better since yesterday's surgery. She is still in pain and sore, which are after-effects of the surgery, but she hasn't had a spinal headache and thus far there is no sign of spinal fluid leaks.
She thinks she would have had a reasonable night's sleep if only they had not come to take blood three different times during the night...at 2:30 a.m., 4:00 a.m., and 6:00 a.m. They took a total of seven vials. We don't know why so many blood samples and why they disturbed her sleep so many times. Otherwise the doctors, nurses, and aids have been doing a wonderful job.
They want to move Jodi back up to the 5th floor from the ICU today, but all of the rooms are full, so we don't know what will happen yet.
Jodi is hoping to get a bath or shower today. It's been a long time. They also want to start getting Jodi up to test how she can handle it. They'll start slow and work up to more. They want to start giving her some food. She hasn't really eaten hardly anything in several days. She's feeling hungry though and that's a good sign. Riht now she is trying some Cream 'o Wheat.
We are all hoping and praying that from this point on Jodi will be experiencing the recovery that all have been praying for. Thank you again for the wonderful blessing you are and have been to Jodi and to all of us.
Below are some before and after pictures from yesterday.
Preparing for surgery.
Tolan testing the 100% oxygen Jodi had been on all Sunday night to reduce the air pockets that had formed around her brain.
Jodi recovering from her 3rd surgery. She was feeling very cold "everywhere", so the nurse heated up a blanket to put around her head. Note all the IV's she had going.