I have not eaten any solid food in quite some time. Going into my stomach, though, is tube feeds 24 hours a day, plus all my meds with water. I feel so full. Everyone keeps telling me I need to eat more, but I can’t imagine adding anything else. My stomach feels awful from all the tube feeding, and from the tube site. I came out of surgery with two chest tubes. This whole time, I thought the pain I was having was because of the tubes. Yesterday, the last tube came out. I still have the pain. Turns out, it was pain from the feeding tube. Monday they’re supposed to change it to a different kind of tube, so hopefully that will solve the problem.
Tomorrow, I’m also going to have my epidural catheter taken out. I hope the pain isn’t too bad.
I am trying to walk more and get my strength up to get out of here. Tonight, I need to walk one more time, and I have been told by Dr. Hoopes that I need to walk outside of the ICU.
Today, I had enough concentration to watch Finding Nemo and even knit a little. My friend Elizabeth came over and helped a lot. Carol was able to sleep in until 11am.
Tonight is exactly one week since the transplant surgery.
Random note: Being trached has its goods and bads. I am sick of not being able to talk.