No Results Yet
It was a rough night for Ana due to pain mainly from her biopsy site. The central line discomfort seems to be abating and they are now using the line and even removed one of her I.V.’s.
Sleep was a precious commodity last night. Ana couldn’t get comfortable until midnight and then was up again in a couple of hours needing pain medication. She’s back on the I.V., and that means random beeping at all hours of the night. Add to this that people have been streaming in and out of her room since 6 a.m., and I’m pretty exhausted and cranky myself.
The attending oncologist who is filling in for Dr. Hochberg stopped in for about three seconds to let me know that they may get some preliminary biopsy results. I’m not going to hold my breath. She was also visited by the pediatric resident, two surgical residents (one right after the other, so that was baffling), the G.I. specialist, her tutor/teacher who was all ready to start school with Ana (I sent her away until tomorrow) and Lauren, the Child Life coordinator who is really trying to motivate Ana to get involved with some of the activities they offer. Ana’s in no shape to do anything today, but hopefully will feel better tomorrow.
So it’s another long day of waiting, this time filled with the pain of recovery. Ana needs to get up and walk around, but she can barely adjust herself comfortably on the bed. She needs to breathe more deeply so she can oxygenate her blood better and she needs to try and relax – she is so tense that her heart rate is running kind of high. All of these things are kicking my mom-anxiety into overdrive. I’m so worried about her.
She does seem to be eating and drinking okay (she’s on clear fluids at the moment, but that should change once the surgeon checks in to see that she’s not nauseous or throwing up). They also drew blood from the central line for the first time. That didn’t hurt her at all – what a relief! I told Ana that’s a perfect example of the term, “small victories.”