Monday, October 1, 2007
10/1 Evening Update
With so much progress to report, I'm not sure where to start.
Courtney's cardiac catheter went perfectly today, the blood flow showed no signs of blockage which reinforces the doctors' reports that her heart in excellent condition.
Court's enjoying a new, bigger room with an even better view. Visitors take note she is still on McClure 4th floor, but now in room 18, in the corner a few doors down her previous home in room 21 (don't assume she has escaped to take her road bike for a spin like I had thought).
After some discrepancies in scheduling, the doctors will plan to move forward and implant Court's defibrillator tomorrow.
I was most excited to get the news that Courtney will have the opportunity to climb out of bed and into a wheelchair for a short while. In the next day or so the staff will help Court into a Stryker chair, a large padded wheelchair with restraints to hold her upright. She has been so restless lately, while she's slated to receive physical therapy (in addition to occupational therapy) about three times a week, getting Courtney mobile will be tremendous.
Two other notes: Courtney is getting better at responding to commands (it helps when she's not drugged, which is less frequent now) from both us and the nurses and Julie reported that Courtney cried twice earlier in the day. As much as we would love them to be tears of joy, they are likely the result of her discomfort in lying down or the pain of coughing. I learned today she is suffering from Thrush, an infection in the mouth and throat that makes swallowing painful.
I must say that seeing Courtney today really brightened my day. In addition to having a case of the Mondays (I had the wrong coversheet on my TPS reports and someone stole my stapler) I've sought out therapy for the first time. My therapist is the spitting image of Dr. Z from those Volkswagen commercials and spends the better part of an hour speaking only in questions. While the therapy has been a release in some respects it has also caused me to think, which we all know can be a distressing pass time.
It's hard, but I have managed to start putting these events into perspective and plan for the future. This has and will be a test of patience and strength, the bigger picture is showing Courtney's rehabilitation as a process lasting one-to-two years. I want to be there for her and I want you all with me the entire way. Keep sending prayers and love, keep her in your thoughts and keep smiling.
We Love you Courtney and we can't wait to have you back safe and sound.