Alison had an amazing day. She got up and sat in a chair for a good three hours. It was actually too long as her legs were pretty swollen afterward but, overall, she did great. Getting her in and out of bed is a challenge but she has been so strong and determined-she already has a system and the nurses have learned that it's best to follow her lead-what a surprise, huh? She did her breathing exercises,too, today-what a good patient. Doctors are continuing to monitor her liver enzymes closely, she did need a transfusion today and blood clots are still keeping everyone on their toes but IV lines started coming out today-it is truly amazing what has transpired in such a short time. She is eager to get out of ICU and back to acting and feeling like her normal self. She actually told us that the intense joint pain and overall body pain has disappeared. We think, though, that she is almost too afraid to count on the possibility that she can actually be healthy again-it all must feel so surreal. Alison had many visitors today-she was excited to see them but was pretty tired by the end of the day. Not much more news on her donor-all the nurses will tell us is that he is doing "OK". We continue to pray that his pain is subsiding.
Love to all,
Karen and Joe