Greetings once again!
Gary here again, in Potsdam; Cait's back at her Mom's in Keene after a brief return to MSK (Memorial Sloan Kettering) for the last few days. Time has become a blur after all this, so I'm not sure I can give you exact days on any of this.
We got to Keene on Saturday as noted in the last post. I drove back to Potsdam the next day -- somebody has to make some money to keep this all going... Cait seemed okay, but was having some pain. Over the next few days, the pain got worse, she got a temperature, the pain got real bad, AND she got a temperature, they took her to the Keene ER and called MSK for guidance. Let's get her back down here, they said. So to her dismay, Cait got another ride in an ambulance -- not as fast and wild as the last time, no snowstorm, a lot longer, and almost as uncomfortable.
IV antibiotics, a drain installed to get some fluid out, pain killers IV. Finally they recognize that her intestinal system wasn't working, she was all blocked up, and that was probably the source of the pain (Nothing like feedback loops, eh? Pain causes pain-killer drug taking which causes more pain, around and around.) So after quite a bit of unpleasantness that doesn't need to be repeated here, she's off the heavy narcotics and on some things to make her intestines work properly. And hopefully, it's more steadily uphill from here.
Lesson illustrated: this was a major surgery. The way forward will not be easy or straight. She's now missing quite a few anatomical parts and what's left doesn't work quite the way it worked before. And she's having to get used to the new body operation.
She would be writing this herself, but she's still got quite a bit of pain, more fatigue than she wants to have, and the general unpleasantness of healing after major surgery. And she did want to keep everybody posted.
She wants to thank all of you for your kind thoughts and prayers, and she asks for your patience while she gets herself back to normal at whatever pace it takes.
Regards to all!