Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Not many ghosts and ghouls around these halls today. But I’m sure some residents are seeing things.

The first half of the day started early for Al. She had already gone on one walk before 7:00 am. As she began her second full day of recovery the meds and trauma were taking their toll. Al has been extremely tired and disoriented most of the day. Except for short periods where she seems completely normal, Al has trouble focusing and staying awake. It is somewhat amusing for her mom and I to try to piece together Al’s sentences and decipher what she is trying to say. Sometimes we can’t help but laugh. Apparently, there was a dance competition going on somewhere and someone has stickers on them. We’re not sure if the two are related so the investigation continues.

After another round of juice and toast for a meal (and a bite of a Kit Kat for Halloween spirit) Al decided she wanted to go on another walk. After lunch we ventured out into the hallway once again for the third walk of the day. Now, the walks today have not been as far as the walks from Friday. But progress nonetheless so we think she’ll make it to 4 before the night is over.

On another note, Al has been receiving plenty of fluids to insure she doesn’t become dehydrated. The poor girl has gained several pounds since Thursday from all the IV fluids. And with all that comes some swelling. Al’s legs and abdomen have swelled up and the hallway walks seem to help relieve some of the discomfort. As she recovers she will return to normal but in the meantime it’s another thing to deal with.

Al’s mom and I have been able to put together Halloween costumes for the three of us to get into the spirit of the day. Those pictures will come later this evening.

Thank you to our friends and family for the beautiful flowers Al received today. Happy Halloween to all! We hope you have a fun filled evening.

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