Virginia is doing remarkably well. She was able to come off the ventilator in the OR and hasn't had any respiratory issues.
Right now pain management is our biggest issue but honestly most of the time she is ok...it is just a problem when we get to the end of pain meds and it isn't time for new ones. For that period of time, about 30 min to an hour, she is really hurting and it is impossible to help her, but for the rest of the time, the pain is tolerable.
Her doctors say she looks like a patient who is 5 days post-op and this is only day 2 for her. I just can't state enough how tough she is and how elated I am at how well she has done. We are all sort of shocked.
There is a tiny chance we might go home today, which is insane. I can't even believe it, but I do know that we can take better care of her at home, so I am thrilled to go.
Our biggest prayer requests are for pain management, for her spirit not to be broken by the pain (we haven't seen a smile yet), and for protection against infection. Sounds like the peak infection days are 7-21.
I'm sorry I haven't updated. I have literally been holding her since she came out of surgery. We appreciate your prayers.