Sunday, October 28, 2007
Court has been having a tough time sleeping over the past four nights, her stomach pain is still the culprit. I stayed with her until midnight and felt pretty helpless as she made countless attempts to doze off only to jerk awake because of the sharp pain. Court was taken back to Massachusetts General Hospital (she had an x-ray on Friday), this time for blood work and a CAT scan to find the problem. The news we've received is that the source of pain could be a hematoma, a deep muscle bruise in her stomach from the feeding tube.
It is puzzling and painful knowing there is no easing Court's pain, we ran through several medications to numb it, but they had little or no effect and she just can't get comfortable in bed. It's particularly frustrating that this is happening on a weekend and that our doctors aren't there to respond. Not that this is an indictment on the entire profession, we owe our lives to doctors and nurses, but how has it come to be viewed as a 5-days-a-week job? Why are the qualifications to work on Saturday and Sunday different?
I wish this roller coaster ride less bumpy and that Court could continue on the fast track to recovery without any setbacks. One remedy that has helped her through any ailment has been the love of her family and friends, they make her laugh and maybe that helps put the pain on hold for a little while.
We celebrated Halloween a few days early yesterday afternoon as Courtney's friends from Burlington and back home in Maine paid a visit. We crowded around her hospital bed and she was the star of the show, smiling at the sound of each new voice and happy to play along in her costume, a cheetah trimmed Viking hat (I'll be looking to see those pictures soon, by the way).
We'll continue to try our best to make rehab as pain-free as possible, we'll keep you posted.