Last night they gave me some hydroxizine at bed time and, while not perfect, sleep was improved. I probably slept 4 or 5 hours (after 2 days in a row of not getting any sleep at all). Then napped away much of the morning, but don’t want to do that too much as that would also interfere with sleeping tonight. So, before lunch I chugged a Starbucks DoubleShot energy drink, which should keep me alert all afternoon. I might hit another one around 3 pm, but no later, as these last about 5 hours.
Meanwhile, no word on release, but I am now officially staple free. From a total of over 100 staples, they removed the last 30 a few minutes ago. They also removed my last drain. So, now all I have left are irrigation tubes coming out of each side of my neck. Imagine Frankenstein’s monster with red rubber tubes in the place of neck bolts.
Everyone agrees that the only thing keeping me here is the danger to my carotid. Not sure what they’ll use to determine that that danger is low enough to send me home…something for me to ask the doctor about. My weight is back on the gain. I had gotten down to what I weighed when I was 16 years old. Back up to about my 18 year old weight. Real food makes a huge difference.
Real food (and the resulting improvement to my digestive process) is also helping me to properly absorb some of the meds and supplements that they were giving me. Despite a fairly high dose, my thyroid levels were very low so they had put me on IV thyroid meds. They are now transitioning me back to oral (well, G-tube) and are seeing those levels come back up. Was also low on calcium, sodium, potassium, etc. Everything is up to a level that they aren’t too concerned about . I’ve been adding salt to my meals (for the sodium) and also have a banana every meal (potassium, among others). I don’t particularly mind taking supplements, but getting them from real food is a bit more satisfying.
So, Day 32 and will probably see Day 33 here, too. Keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be home this weekend.