YEA! They took the intubation tube out on Monday around noon! And Buffy thought that was it, she was going home. She swore that they said she could go home after they took out her tube, and boy was she mad when she found out she was staying for a few more days. The physical therapist came in and we sat her up after some simple exercises. And she promptly started to topple over. “Whoa. I'm dizzy.” Yea, its gonna take some time to get your strength back. “See” I said. You need a few more days before we can go home.
So today we did some of the things Ken, the PT guy, wanted us to do. She stayed sitting up on her own (after help to get there) but was still a little dizzy. She also expressed a craving for, of all things, strawberry fanta and chicken wings. We've been married 17 years and I have NEVER seen her drink a fanta, but this is what she is craving... So they fed her some bland chicken and rice instead. Yea, she didnt care for that...
She wants out so bad. She is dying to go to the bathroom by herself and I cant imagine that they'll be able to hold on to her much longer, maybe by the end of the week she'll get to come home. They tried to get her into a regular room today, but all the floors are full. So she is still in ICU, yammering away at the ICU nurses that are unaccustomed to having a patient that is eating and talking in the ward. They take turns coming by to visit her, finding the enigma of a talking, hungry, recovering patient too much to resist.
I'm starting back to work on Wednesday and for those of you wanting to send her stuff, I think this will be the best place for it to go to make sure she gets it. Please dont send flowers. They are a logistical nightmare, and the rooms have very little room for them. Cards, letters and small gifts are perfect. And she can take them home with her when she gets out!
Send them to:
C/O Wish I Had That.com
2841 Unicorn Rd. Suite 101
Bakersfield, CA 93308
We even have a loading dock in the back with a bunch of forklifts for those of you that want to send anything HUGE:) UPS, FedEx, and USPS are regulars at our place so I know it'll get here and to her.
Will post more on Thursday.
And if I havent been clear;
I want to personally thank everyone of her friends and mine that have lent their support to us in this desperate time. It has been a huge boost to me and I've been telling her every day all the things peps are posting. It made the difference.