Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Last Full Day

Sleep should have been easier on the step-down side, unless your husband likes to go for a jaunt around the unit in the middle of the night. At 2:30am the nurse came in to give meds. I woke up to a fully lit room, Jay sitting up, and Gary the Nurse getting Jay's pills ready. After meds Jay went to the bathroom (and discovered that his bowels did indeed work! Yay!) and then invited me to go for a walk with him. We passed the room where our transplant friend was sleeping and said a little prayer for him. We made several laps around the unit, and then Jay let me go back to sleep.

Friday began with grand rounds and brought a lot of visitors. During grand rounds we were able to see the entirety of Jay's care team: dietitian, social worker, three surgeons, and the Chief of Hepatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation. The Chief and Jay's surgeon had a good-natured argument about how much longer to keep Jay, but it was clear that they both thought he was ready to be discharged.

Then the visitors poured in. Three Union faculty members and one Union student came to visit in the morning, Jason and my dad came in the afternoon, and my forever-and-always best friend Sarah came after she got off of work. The lady from the pharmacy came to drop off a shopping bag full of meds and paraphernalia while dad was there, and when Sarah was there, the transplant coordinator came to tell us how it all worked. On Thursday I had started doing all of Jay's blood sugar checks and insulin shots, but the glucometer that I took home was different from the one in the hospital, so I learned how to use that. I fired up the blood pressure cuff and inventoried all the meds. It was a little surreal. While we were sitting there with the transplant coordinator, Jay mentioned that he didn't really feel confident enough to go home and that he was hoping to be able to stay until Sunday. The coordinator said that she would pass that along.

The other excitement was that Jay got to eat solid food at lunchtime. His food was delivered at the same time the amazing dietitian came to check on him, so we had fun giving her a hard time about why sweet tea had been served at every meal.

The daughter of church members stopped in to check on us so she could tell her mom that we were doing well. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner and was so precious for coming by.

Sarah and I finally got to visit after it was all over, and then Jay sent us off to dinner. We grubbed on pizza at The Mellow Mushroom and caught up on life. For BFFs who live two hours apart, we don't see each other much, but when we do it's like we were just together the day before. More things that make the heart happy.

When I got home Jay was resting. I stayed up because I knew it wouldn't be long before the nurse came back in for more meds, and I assumed that Jay would want to go for another walk after that. And he did. So we walked. And took pictures of our matching socks. And celebrated with a happy picture.

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