Friday, February 14, 2014

Day 3 Post-Op

He's hanging in there, taking one day at a time.  Hospital's are really no fun, at all, but we're trying to make the best of it.  Here's another update, which was sent out to friends and family earlier this evening.

Hello everyone,

Thought I'd take a moment and give you all a little progress report on Mark.

Today is day 3, post-op, and they turned off the morphine on his epidural at 8:30 a.m.. He's starting to experience some pain around the incision area but it does seem to be healing very well.  This afternoon, they started him on oral pain relief and that's what he'll have when he gets home.  Right now, the focus is on how his blood is clotting.  They want to be sure that he's clotting well enough for the epidural to be removed (there is some concern that if it pierced a blood vessel, he may have some bleeding in his back when it's removed and everyone would like to avoid that).

We're not running laps around the floor like during his last surgery.  I think yesterday, he probably overdid it a bit and the reality is, this was a much bigger operation than the colon cancer op.  He is moving well, getting up and down unassisted and, thankfully, is sleeping well.  Of course, hospital beds are notoriously uncomfortable and the temperature on the floor is absolutely tropical so he's very keen to get home.

I guess that's really it for now.  Slowly, slowly but at least in the right direction.   Thanks again, sincerely, for all of the love and good wishes you've been sending our way.  It's meant a lot to both of us.

lots and lots of love,

 Peggy and Mark

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