Friday, May 16, 2008
Jackie Watch, Day Three
I've got news. Is it good news or bad news, you ask. A little of both, and the bad news isn't horrible. I'm to make sure you all know that (so says Jackie).
She may be delayed a day or two in moving on from the hospital because of a little blood clot they found. The doctor said it's NOT the kind that can travel to dangerous places. He said it's not great but not the end of the world. They have her on blood thinners right now and the only consequence is that she could not go for PT today. However, I was relieved to hear she had indeed stood up yesterday. She said it was excruciating, even full of pain meds and the nerve block! But, no surprise there when you think of what just happened to that poor leg of hers!
Apparently she does not have that little wheelie thing on the knee to keep it in motion (a CPM machine ). The doc said she could wiggle her feet and get up and down to sit. I asked if she was at least getting in a chair to eat but she said she is just in bed, and sits herself up by using the electric rise. Hmmm... I thought it was crucial to move in these first days, and that nurses would be in there helping her up, but maybe not til the clot clears. She gets the feeling from them it will clear in a day so let's rally our thoughts and prayers toward that being the case!
The good news is, it looks like Jackie may be able to go to a rehab facility that is literally a block from her apartment. Even if she has to stay there for 2 weeks at least psychologically she will feel like she is home, and will probably be able to order some favorite take out from her local haunts. I'm so hoping they can arrange that for her!
I told her you all were asking about her and writing in. She DID receive several e-mails, and you still have half a day to send one to her if you were thinking about it (see last post).
We agreed she'd call me when she knows the rehab address, if she gets moved somehow before we talk again. It may not be until Monday. Until then, she's found her way to Animal Planet and was making the rounds on cable, trying to figure out which channel was what. She brought along Step on a Crack by James Patterson to read. And she has made some notes in her journal, even though she was pretty drugged up. I told her it will be funny to read back on it once she's free of meds and see what she's got.