Tara’s recovery is going okay. Progress was slower today than she wanted. I heard one of the physicians say that recovery is a bit like the stock market. There are ups and downs all the time but as long as overall you are moving in the right direction we should be happy.
I always like it when medical staff puts things in terms that I can understand. That is called layman’s terms, or lay terms. My 5 year old son is learning this at an early age. Yesterday he was able to put something he knows well into lay terms for one of our friends. As he picked a slimey bugger from his nose and ate it, this friend asked him, “What do buggers taste like? I wonder if I’d like them?” My son in his ability to communicate in lay terms asked, “Do you like ketchup?” The friend responded “No”. “Then you wouldn’t like buggers,” my son said.
With the significant loss of fluids during surgery, the continued loss of fluids through her chest tubes and through the peritoneal drain, and the fact that she cannot consume many fluids yet, Tara is needing to catch up with fluids through an IV. This will help her get her blood pressure up so she can stand up without fainting and start walking. She is also getting a bit nauseous when eating or drinking. In lay terms, surgery and cancer suck.
We are going to have short visiting hours again tomorrow if you really want to come see Tara. You can come between noon and 2 pm. Spend just a few minutes, give her hand a squeeze and talk to her without expecting a bunch of talking back. She is excited to see her friends but is easily tired and needs to save her strength for recovery. She is NOT offended (and even potentially relieved) if you save your visit for a few weeks and catch her at home. We read your comments daily so this is like a card of encouragement (without the expense) to us if you choose to send a quick note.
We love you all. Thanks for your prayers. God is faithful and we will praise him forever.