I am happy to say that Deb was discharged from Stanford Hospital late Tuesday afternoon. She was so glad to come to the lovely townhouse we are renting, and not be disturbed with beeps, taking vitals every 4 hours, etc. Deb is not out of the woods, though, by any means. We have already been to the outpatient clinic for blood draws early this morning, and she has another appointment this afternoon. The length of that appointment depends upon whether she needs transfusions, hydration, or anything else. Deb still has her central catheter in, and that will stay in for the time period we are here.
Deb is very tired, and was asleep again almost as soon as we walked in the door from the blood draw. She is very weak; she was receiving IV hydration and nutrition for the past couple of weeks, and she now has to intake all of that orally. She does not have much appetite and her throat still bothers her from the mucositis (sores), so she can only eat very soft foods. Pray for Deb’s appetite to improve as she needs food to get her strength back again.
Monday and Tuesday were busy days for me as Deb’s caregiver. I had to learn how to change the catheter dressing and flush the tubes. We had a discharge meeting with the nurse, a meeting with the physical therapist to go over recommended activity and restrictions, and a meeting with the pharmacist on administering the many medications that Deb is still taking. I also had to pack and move from the apartment that I was renting to the townhouse (thanks Andy, for your help), and then we had to pack up Deb and move her from the hospital (thanks Andy and Tara). I couldn’t have done it all myself!
Please keep the prayers and positive energy coming Deb’s way, as she still has a long way to go on the road to recovery.