Yesterday was a good day, but a rough day. With her off the ventilator, she was able to communicate with us a little bit – if we held our ear really close to her mouth we could hear “hot,” “water,” and “get the nurse.” However, she did get a bit overstimulated yesterday. She was fairly restless and agitated which is both good and bad. It’s good in that her body is waking up more, she’s becoming more alert, and she’s moving around some. It’s bad because she’s frustrated and scared, and the agitation made her heart rate and blood pressure get a little higher than we would like.
Today has been much calmer. She’s slept a lot of the day which has been good for her, and she doesn’t seem nearly as restless as she was yesterday. They took her down for another cat scan just to see how she’s progressing, so hopefully we’ll have those results this evening.
She got her first visit from the speech therapist today, and she’s doing well. She was able to say the days of the week for us, though it’s still really really quiet. The speech therapist also evaluates Mama for swallowing. Yesterday the nurse gave her an ice chip because she really wanted water badly, but she didn’t do so well with it (which was to be expected). The speech therapist tried again today and Mama did a lot better, but still not quite well enough to get the OK for regular ice chips. We’ll try again tomorrow and see how she does. We’re encouraging her to use her voice to get her strength back up.
We also told her a little bit about why she’s here. She knows that she fell and hit her head and had to have some surgery, but that everything went really well and that the doctors have nothing but good things to say about her progress. We don’t want to focus on that too much, but we also didn’t want her to feel anxious about being in the hospital without knowing why she is here.