Friday Morning, May 23

Lois is sitting up in a chair right now. The medication (and prayer) is doing a great job staying ahead of the pain. She is quite drowsy but will wake up and carry on very lucid conversations.

The abdominal drainage tube is working so well that the collection bag has to be emptied every couple of hours.

They’ve reduced the amount of oxygen and expect to wean her off that by the end of the day.

The only thing Lois can have by mouth are a few ice chips. In order to keep electrolytes in balance, they just hung a bag of Potassium Chloride along with a pretty aggressive antibiotic.

There is some concern about urine output – its borderline the past 8 hours – so the Dr has ordered extra fluid. We are all watching carefully for signs of leakage or infection where the bladder was repaired.

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