Saturday, February 4, 2012
Room with a View
Lucy took a short walk this morning. It helps clear the fog of the pain pills. Her leg color has gotten noticeably better in the past day. Her right calf circumference is within 3 cm. (about 1.2") of her left calf. She says her ankle is stiff but is getting a bit more range of motion. Lucy has been working on her physical therapy exercises. Her Braden risk bracelet was removed because she is more active and her skin can air out.
Dr. Singh from Minnesota Oncology came by. Lucy was moved back to 8th floor this afternoon. Her hemoglobin dropped after yesterday's increase so she will be getting a two unit transfusion. This means the four transfusions she has had since being admitted have required eight units of blood. She will be here until Monday at the earliest. The rest of the blood work sounded OK. Her Coumadin dosage was dropped to 2.5 mg and they did not have to administer a quick "blast" of heperin (called a bolus). We hope this means she is getting close to being removed from the IV heperin and her Coumadin dose is getting set.
I did get to take Lucy to the Meditation Sanctuary before she was moved. We used a wheelchair because it was a quick trip. She liked the fireplace and water feature. Changing her scenery also helped.
The view from her room is great. For those of you in the Twin Cities area, she overlooks Crosstown and France Ave. The fog lifted and the sun came out and we can see all the way to Highway 100.
Lucy's birthday is tomorrow and she will be spending it in the hospital. I'm grateful for getting to celebrate another birthday with her! I do wish she could have been released today. Comments are working, so please feel free to send her birthday greetings tomorrow. Thank you so much for your support!