Thursday, February 17, 2011

Day 2

I haven't been posting because there's not much to say - things are much the same as yesterday.  Tara is still in quite a bit of pain - she loved her night nurse because she gave her morphine every single hour without waiting for Tara or myself to tell her.  This means Tara is quite doped up and sleeps alot.  She is awake about 5 minutes every hour or so in between pain meds.  It's been difficult to get her to eat much of anything; so if you want to pray for something today - it would be great if Tara would EAT.  It seems as if she's in more pain this time then last surgery.  I think it's due to those catheters in her head.  The nurse tried to put magnesium in her veins and Tara just couldn't take it - her veins are so sensitive it just burned.  So, they'll have to get magnesium in her some other way.  Labs were done this morning which showed a low level of magnesium.  Too bad she can't drink her green smoothie and get herself all balanced with vitamins!  (ha, ha)

When her veins were burning she actually said "okay, I'll eat a BANANA - thinking she was low on potassium.  This was after Scott and I had brought up 10 different ideas of food all with a resounding NO - then suddenly she'll eat a banana?  She wanted to avoid that stuff going in her vein that was burning so badly.  Now she's sound asleep again with no pain and she told us she would eat "after a nap."  We're going to hold her to that.  Only problem is - her "naps" can be several hours!

We will all be glad when she can get off all this stuff she's on.  It seems as if the nurse is always sticking something in her IV or giving her pills to take.

Positive things:  Tara's 4 different cultures of the fluid coming out of her catheters showed no infection - so that's really good.  It looks as if Dr. Smith was able to scoop all that infection out of there; sterilize the bone, and put the bone back in.  The infection may have stemmed from the titanium plate that was inserted last May - it can rub against the tissue or skin or whatever - and it caused infection.  The brain doesn't like "foreign bodies" in it; although usually titanium is okay; but apparently Tara didn't like it.

Tara is still able to joke about her "hair extensions" so I know the old Tara is in that sleeping body somewhere just waiting to come back again...  I hope she can post soon; but it may be a few days.... sorry.  As soon as she stops sleeping nonstop I'm going to read her all the comments...

10 comments:

Avon said...

Thanks for updating all of us Becky! My little boy never forgets Tara when he says his bedtime prayer. He prays for her head to get all better. Love you.

mad white woman said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers often. I enjoy reading the udpates and laughing at Tara's humor. She's incredible.

{This is Anna Penrod, by the way}.

Anonymous said...

Please tell Tara that her job is to heal, not to blog!! We can do without her for awhile if you'll just keep us updated. Praying for her, for you, and for your entire family.

Michelle

Marcy XOXO said...

I have been praying for Tara! Hope all is well and that she starts to get better real soon... meaning no more pain for that poor girl!!! Hugs and Love and Prayers from Kentucky!!!

Kerisa said...

She is in ALL of our prayers too! Family prayers and individual prayers! At least by sleeping, she is healing! Hope she can be back to the old Tara soon! We love you all!

Amy Ruben said...

I love how you call them your hair extensions. :) Always on the positive side.

Jeni said...

Dearest Tara and family, I have not read your blog for some time so was sad to see that you have had surgery but admired they way you handled it. You have been such an inspiration to me and guess I don't need to tell you that you are truly blessed with a wonderful husband and caring, loving family. You are in our prayers and I think of you often Becky. Love Jeni x

Heidi said...

Do you need more fabric along with the prayers I am sending?

Emily said...

Hi, my name is Emily and I've been following your blog Tara for awhile now...so long I don't even remember how I found it! But I just wanted to let you know that you are in my prayers and I'm hoping for a speedy recovery for you! You have been such an inspiration at how you have handled everything!! Hang in there and know that a stranger in Idaho is praying for you! :)

Leserlee said...

We will pray for Tara to want to eat. We are also very glad the infection looks to be gone. What a blessing. Abigail and I talked last night about Tara's surgery and her catheters. It makes me happy to know I have such an empathetic daughter.