posted on Jan, 26 2006 @ 11:21 PM
I just wanted to say how much I appreciate all of you, and how much this thread is going to mean to Springer when he finally gets to come home.
It's been tough so far. The surgery went very well, and he was lucky in a number of ways concerning the surgery, but the past two days have not gone
They have a very very difficult time (mainly due to incompetence, but whatever) of getting his pain under control. The first 24 hours he was
effectively without any pain relief whatsoever, but in the next 24 hours they got a handle on things. There is one shift of nurses that doesn't seem
to give a poop (that would be the graveyard shift) and during that shift he starts losing ground on the pain control and kind of has to play catch up
through the first half of the day.
Today he ran fever - as high as 101. We are hoping that, as the nurses reported, it might just be the threat of pneumonia and not something
associated with the surgery site. They are doing frequent breathing exercises and treatments to make sure everything keeps moving. The fever is the
big concern right now, but it was under control tonight at 9:30 when I came home.
He did get out of bed for the first time today and sit in a chair. One time for an hour at lunch and then for 30 minutes at dinner. And he did eat
solid food today for the first time (but only at dinner).
I don't see him getting to come home before the weekend, and I don't know if they will discharge on the weekend. So he may not be home before
Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers and kind words for my best friend. You are very very special people.