Day 142 had ups and downs...glad it's almost over with. The ups are that Rick seems to be getting back up to the level he was before the surgery. He's trying to talk, he's moving around in his wheelchair, he's just overall doing better, and almost back to where he was. The downs are that there is some fluid built up around the incision site on his back. There's no fever, redness or oozing...the medical director at Pate, Dr. Konen (surgeon) and Joyce (medtronic nurse) all believe it is fluid build up due to the fact that his binder was not put on him last night after his shower. So, it makes me frustrated with the staff...again...and frustrated that we won't be able to see Dr. Konen until tomorrow...and that means a trip to Dallas. Dr. Konen was notified today at 3:00, but didn't feel like it was an emergency and so we have to wait until tomorrow. The other down is that TLC still isn't for sure when they will have a room for Rick, but will call back tomorrow and let me know something more definitive.
Now we're back up again...at shift change the shift leader needed to look at Rick's incision and it actually looks better! Praise God...I have prayed and prayed for Rick's healing. I have cried and prayed until I'm exhausted today. There are a couple of techs who are Christians and each have said they're praying for me and Shonda says, keep praying...pray harder and don't lose your faith...so that's what I'm going to do. The sad thing is if their bosses were to hear them so those words to me they would get in trouble...so now I'll pray for them.
Every time I think we're out of the woods, something happens...and I don't understand why. I just know it's one more step of faith God wants me to take and I have to trust Him.