I just edited the last blog to fix the spacing issues, so it should be easier to read now. Anyways, the prognosis on the blood clot is that she has to stay in bed and lying down until Monday, which is a total of four days. I think this has contributed to the resurgence of the pain in her shoulders, and last night I think was the worst it ever was. We also had a bit of a problem getting Kari's pain medication in a timely manner, as I don't think that they realized how much pain she was in because she cannot scream. After about 20 min of calling, with the same answer of "just a few minutes" I went out to the nurses' station to ask the nurse personally to come in and she told me that she had to finish her reports first. After she finally came, I questioned the nurse about taking over half an hour for anybody to come she didn't think I had any reason to be upset and was very rude to me, explaining that her shift was technically over and that she had a lot of patients. I know that nurses have a hard job and are very busy, but I also know that I had a right to be upset, especially after the nurse told me "don't get mad at me!" I was able to talk to the nursing supervisor, who was very receptive and apologetic to me and I hope this was just an isolated incidence of someone just being tired. Part of the problem too, was the timing of the medication, as it seems that it always wears off too soon. Please pray that the nurses are able to be responsive to Kari's needs and also that the doctors can figure out how to better manage her pain so as to avoid the ups and downs.
Overall, Kari has just had a rough couple of days. The stress and inactivity, we believe, have also led to some stomach pain and burning and a loss of appetite. The fever is back too, as it seemed to be always 101.something the past 24-48 hours. Hopefully by Monday, they will have everything figured out and Kari can start her rehab again with energy and stamina.
The big meeting went well yesterday, and the preliminary estimate for us returning home is November 18th. Obviously, that date could move a lot, but as for now, we're looking at about three more months. They also plan on starting classes on transportation and technology as well. At the end of the meeting, Dr. Balazy said that it was still early to be able to tell how much Kari will recover. It all depends on the severity of the impact, which was obviously very high. I seem to be getting that they don't expect a whole lot more function to come back, but wouldn't be too surprised if it did. Let's hope!