Today was very typical for day 1 after 8 hours in surgery. Last night Judy was transferred to the Neurosciences Acute Care Unit and received great care with 1 on 2 nurse coverage. Well monitored and many drips through IV lines allowed for administration of drugs as required – for anti seizure, for anti imflamatory, for antibiotics and for pain. Who knew Judy would be going to a Rave!
The pain was the toughest one to manage. They didn’t want to give too much medication for fear of it masking the serious symptoms of the trauma, but were happy to give just enough to take the edge off. Try explaining that to a patient who wants more medication 2 hours before it’s due – try explaining that to Judy!!!
Groggy and ‘nodded-off’ was the common frame of mind for the day, but the plan for the day was to stay quiet and rest / sleep so I think the plan was accomplished.
Some heavy duty and interesting drug concoctions for the pain for sure. Katamine, Hydromorphine, Tramadol interspersed with Tylenol 3s – no wonder I’m looking at the outside of her eyelids and she’s looking at the inside.
Tomorrow’s plan is to become more active – well that’s the plan of the medical team – I’m not convinced they will have a willing participant given the present state of mind. But tomorrow is another day, and Judy has surprised a few people before – my bet is ‘up and at ’em’.