It was a good day for us as family, but Jen had a rough day dealing with pain. Don't get me wrong, she is doing well, it was just difficult for the doctors and nurses to come up with the right doses and combinations to keep her consistently comfortable. Dr. Foster's assessments through the day were all good. Her recovery from here will have a lot to do with her efforts and her body's response. Keeping the pain under control is their number one priority and it will enable her to focus on getting better. As we all know, her mental well-being and determination is as powerful as any medicine.
The successful surgery is such great news, but I have to remind myself that the most difficult part of the battle for Jen is right now. I wish I could give everyone a good mental picture of her current condition, but it is difficult. She is hooked up to no fewer than 4 pumps during the day. She has several tubes draining her body (NG and catheter). And she has 4 IV's in her right now (central line in her jugular, arterial line in the left wrist, IV in her right wrist, and of course her port). She also has an oxygen line in her nose. Although the swelling has gone down, her face was almost unrecognizable last night. She has a bandage on her abdomen covering the incision that went from her sternum to her pelvis. Her heart rate is averaging 130 bpm due to the current pain, the heat of the chemo infusion, and the overall trauma her body endured. The urine draining from the catheter is still tinged with blood. Soooo...that gives you an idea of the starting point of her recovery. Of course I'm not knowledgeable enough to describe what her body needs to do internally to recover.
I don't want to sour the mood, or disturb anyone, that's just what you'd see in the ICU right now. However, she is only 24 hours out of the OR, and each day will bring enormous improvement from the previous. We recited many of the blog comments to her, discussed e-mails and phone calls from her fans, and those all brought smiles to her face. We left her this evening sleeping peacefully and in good hands.