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...