“…Everybody was frightening…”
Greetings from a dry house with electric power/internet; hence, “Sandy” was very kind to us. Sticks in abundance throughout the yard which is normal after every storm.
Karen’s appointment to get the drains out today has been postponed until Thursday. The drain sites are very sore and the tubes cumbersome. Although in concept emptying the drains is not very difficult, in practice it is not fun.
This is the TMI section: The four plastic bulbs to collect the fluids provide a little vacuum pressure to assist draining. To empty the drain lines, one pinches off the end of the tube by the neck and with an alcohol pad runs the fluids towards the bulb with the other hand. However, the lines like to stretch and can “snap” back – with a result that is extremely painful at Karen’s neck. To avoid this, I anchor the pinching hand on the shoulder until I move the fluids four to six inches away from the neck then reposition the blocking hand. Untangling the lines before hand is also essential. Initially, all drains yielded red fluids with all but one turning to amber, then yellow by day three. The volume has been 20ml or less per drain. We’ve been emptying the bulbs twice a day (recommended was thrice). A part of the effort is sometimes to break up or move clots out of the tubes. Again not to offend sensibilities, but a part of this is always for others on a similar journey.
Karen also has been fretting over the extended use of painkillers, specifically the narcotics, and often tries to stretch out the periods between meds over the “allowed” dosage timetable. It is her balancing act of dealing with the pain now and wanting an easy transition after the tubes come out. Additionally, the drugs tend to put the bowels out of action.
“… I said you can have whatever you like…
… …Mac and cheese would be alright…”
Food has been mostly liquid offset by “semi-solids” such as soups or Mac&Cheese.
All and all, Karen is doing well – moments of fear and anxiety do happen, but mostly it is dealing with the things of the moment.
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