A quick update for everyone. Sue is doing well in the medical staff's eyes, but she is still feeling a lot of pain. She continues to swell a little more in the cheek area, but the eye area is actually the same or a little less than yesterday. They expect tomorrow for her to hit her max for swelling.
Sue is handling the swelling well, but the leg is still causing her most of her pain. When they harvest the bone, they also cut off a muscle in her calf, and I think that is what is really uncomfortable for her. She is fine as long as they keep on top of her pain meds, but if they get even a little behind on coverage, it really becomes painful for her.
Sue's other issue is with the suctioning of her throat and mouth. She need her trach suctioned out occasionally, or it becomes a challenge to breath. All I can say is that she handles all of this stuff a lot better than I could. She really is one tough woman! The good thing is that they've allowed her to start covering the trach port so that she may talk a little bit. It was fantastic to hear her voice again. One thing we did learn today is that we wouldn't make a good scharades team...I was having trouble reading her hand motions today and she had to right on paper more than she wanted to.
As I said above the doctors are really happy with her progress. The tissue is getting blood and is healthy. Her leg looks good, her vitals are solid, and her stitches look good. PT actually came through today and got Sue out of bed and into a chair this afternoon. They didn't put any weight on her effected leg, but Sue did really well in their eyes.
My favorite part of the day was seeing Sue interact with her main doctor when he came through to visit. You could see that she is doing a little better as she started kidding around with him (via her writing pad). I think he enjoyed that as well. He has been telling her for some time that surgery would be easier/less painful than chemo and radiation were. She called him out on that today and gave him a smile and chuckle. He said that he would ask her in another 10 days about her opinion. I feel lucky that she found such a wonderful doctor whom she has been able to build a great bond with. You can see that they both have a lot of respect for each other.
I have a feeling that Sue might be doing a blog update sometime soon...hopefully tomorrow. She is certainly a much better writer than I am.