Well, we are still here at the Ritz MCG. The towels are rough, the TP is rough and the room is tiny! BUT, Rob is doing better. He's been up walking twice today, sat up for a couple of hours visiting with his dad and Laurie and is trying to drink more water. Still receiving all of his nutrients through his NG tube, but that's good, because he doesn't feel like eating.
Today was the first time he saw himself in a mirror. He asked, "Who's that man?" You wouldn't believe the swelling, but it has actually gone down a tiny bit today. He also said, "No wonder it hurts to swallow."
He did ask his nurse today who gets the bigger rooms across the hall, and he said those are reserved for patients who have "really big surgeries." WHEW! I'll take the tiny room. As uncomfortable as Rob has been, I cannot imagine how much worse it would have been with the graft and the bolster sewn to his tongue.
He has not used his morphine pump since this morning, it's still connected, but he's now getting Percocet through his NG tube. He's resting much better last night and today with the Percocet.
Dr. Jackson rounded while I was gone to nap. Rob wanted her to know that he's not in a hurry to go home, and Ginger said Dr. J. assured him that she's not in a hurry to get rid of him. She wants less and clearer output from the drain in his neck, before removing it. Also, she's going to have a speech pathologist evaluate him at some point, hopefully tomorrow.
My sister, Ginger, and my mom have been life savers. Mom went home today to keep Ginger's children, but Ginger is still here in Augusta. She is planning to stay as long as Rob and I do. Rob feels comfortable with her taking care of him during the day, so she does. I'm so happy to have her. Several years ago, when we were in Florida with my uncle, she took my phone and programmed her name as "Ginger the Great". Well, I've just left it that way, but this week it is SO true! We are so close in age (14 months apart) and so close emotionally, that it is awesome to have her here. Odd thing, we can fight like cats and dogs at times, but always end up apologizing and being as close as before. This dynamic kinda freaks Rob out, but I think it's just part of sisters being close. Also, fun that people think we're twins and get kind of confused:)
Thank you to the friends who have wanted to visit, but Rob just isn't up to it right now. Also, thanks to Laurie, Beth (my sister) and Rebecca for offering to come up and stay with Rob to allow me to rest.
Rob says, "Keep the prayers coming" and I agree. We've been amazed by the outpouring of love and the number of prayers being said on our behalf!
Hope to be reporting from the "home front" in a few days......Sunday? maybe.
Well, I'll let you go now..............