Some of you have been asking for an update on my sister —
Sarah is now five days post op. She is home, and the family is doing their very best to care for her. The situation is complicated by the fact that the pain medication makes her so nauseaous that she hesitates to take it, then the pain gets so bad that she gets almost frantic, and then things fall apart in a big hurry. She has an cooling apparatus that circulates ice water through a pack on her knee, and that gives her some relief. She has had lots of calls, but she is quite weepy and doesn’t really want to talk on the phone, but she is also restless, and doesn’t hardly know what to do with the time that weighs heavy on her. We are getting together some videos that we think she might enjoy, but she has stipulated that she does not want anything to make her cry. She enjoys humor and light hearted fare best. (Suggestions, anyone???) When the pain isn’t so bad, she is able to enjoy reading, and cards and notes are a bright spot to her. (She was delighted to recieve one from you today, FredsYankeegal! You go, gal!)
If you want her snail mail address, message me, and I will send it to you.
When I visited her in the hospital after surgery, I was much encouraged by how things were. The physical therapists were delighted with her progress, and though she was in pain, it seemed managed and I thought that this was going to be one of the times when the news was good. I don’t know why the pain management issue has to be such a mess with her, but I do know that she will be grateful for any prayers, spare or otherwise that are offered on her behalf. I know that her husband and Middle Daughter (who is 18, and very capable) are doing all they know to keep her comfortable, and to make the right choices. I wouldn’t want anyone to think that this is a case of negiligence or lack of effort. Her husband went to Dover this afternoon to get a more effective medication, and hopefully that will make a bit of difference over the next few days. I just talked to her and I think she feels a bit more hopeful this evening than she did this morning. Again, prayers are the best gift anyone can give, and I thank every single one of you who have remembered her in prayer.