Tuesday, October 2, 2007
10/2 Evening Update and Photos (13)
Today's operation was a success, Courtney is now officially the Bionic Woman. In case there's any issues with Court's heart, the defibrillator will sense any irregular rhythms (in excess of 200 beats a minute) and administer a shock.
We talked with the surgeon at end about the device and any safety precautions. I was worried about what might happen if Courtney rubbed her socks against the carpet and touched a doorknob, would it go off? I kept that one to myself, but Doug and Marty asked some more practical questions about Court being able to swim and exercise aggressively. In short, the defib is very safe, nothing short of deep sea diving down to the Titanic would cause any trouble. With the implant we can all feel more comfortable about her eventual move from Intensive Care.
Our Bionic Girl was all smiles this afternoon, her friends kept her laughing non-stop, we jabbered about feral cats and using Court's suction tube as a beer funnel. Julie had Court's friend Val on the phone, placed it up to her ear and she mouthed the word "hi." That was so encouraging, I know she'll be able to talk as soon as she gets the chance. She looks more natural, she has made so much progess in under three weeks.
Clear your calendars tomorrow afternoon for the Stryker 500 at Fletcher Allen Hospital. Courtney will be running the black number 11 chair sponsored by The Home Depot (she got Tony Stewart as her crew chief), I'll be riding in the number 4 Pabst Blue Chariot. I'll be sure to post the results and times tomorrow.
We Love you Courtney and we can't wait to have you back safe and sound.