It’s about time! Maddy has been steadily improving over the last few days. She is trusting her new lungs more and more every day. The anxiety is also getting lower, especially now that she is out of ICU. Yesterday the doctors cleared her to go to the regular floor. She was so excited! She and Melissa packed all her belongings and prepped her to move right away. Then proceeded to wait all day and night for a bed to become available.
I had to get back to work yesterday so I was not able to get to the hospital until after 5:00. It was good to be on the air again after being away for so long. There is also a lit to be done to get ready for the upcoming July 4th weekend so I will be back into it full swing all week. I hung out last night until 12:30 hoping I would be able to help Maddy get settled into her new room. But alas they didn’t move her until 4:00AM. Go figure. She did manage to get a few hours sleep and then was able to nap again after they transported her up to the floor. The only problem after that was she developed her first migraine headache. She said she woke up with such pain in her head that she was vomiting. Poor thing. Dr. Haddad came in just as she was waking up to this and crying and asked her what was wrong, she should be happy because she was out of the ICU. Maddy explained about the migraine and he made sure the nurse got her some good pain management. By the time Natalie got here it was subsiding and Maddy was able to get on with her day.
Other than that there is not a lot to report. Just little baby steps toward recovery and restoring her strength. She is working hard at her physical therapy. She did 20 minutes on the little stationary bike the set up on the floor in front of her chair. She wanted to do more but the therapist made her pace herself. She is also using her inhalation spirometer all the time. She is all the way up to 750ml, the first time she tried it she could barely get past the 250ml line. There is still a long way to go to the 2500ml line but she can see the progress and thats important! They also brought her her very own Pulmonary Function Machine. I’m not sure how it works yet but she will be using it every day and charting her progress. She will have to keep the chart even at home after she gets out and do it every day. If her numbers go down she is supposed to call the doctor right away. They will not be messing around for the first year!
All the exercise tires her out but she is still in very good spirits. She is having a little reaction in her right foot tonight so they gave her benadryl soon after I got here tonight. She is out like a light. I told her I would stick around for a bot after she slept but would leave early tonight and let her rest. Besides I have to be at work early tomorrow to meet with a record label rep.
I probably will not blog too frequently any longer. Maddy has her phone and she will have her computer again soon. She will be posting on her own again soon so keep checking her facebook. She will also be calling or texting her friends when she is ready for visitors. As you can see in the picture her room is huge so feel free to send gifts and balloons.