Hello all! Alex here again with a report on our beloved Belinda. We are in a cozy room now equipped with a fiery little internet connection (Yay!) and though she is still in a lot of pain she has come miles from where she was yesterday. (Yay again!)
Belinda is in good spirits. We have had lots of visitors and many beautiful flowers, (thanks JenB, we both love you, you hoser.)
We just slipped her out of one of those awful hospital gowns and into one of her own comfy ones bought specifically for this surgery and degree of comfiness.
Now, as some of you out there may already know, after this kind of surgery, and any surgery really, you have to get good bowel sounds to begin regular fluids and then solid foods. Alas, Belinda's bowels, according to her doc's latest visit (36+ hours after the surgery), have yet to begin to perform correctly. Thus, she has ingested nothing since Thursday lunch. Now, as of 3 pm has she been given the green light on ice chips and regular water. Whoo-hoo!
There will be a check on bowel sounds again tomorrow to further evaluate. When bowel sounds are finally heard (now here is where I may start to get into trouble with the Mrs.) either with the stethoscope or the naked ear, you know, a fart, then maybe, maybe she will be able to start solid foods and THEN only after regular, ya know, movements, can she go home.
This puts us in a waiting game with the old colon. Folks, haven't we all battled this devious organ in one way or another? It works too furiously or not at all. But I digress. Back to our standoff, I have been walking with Belinda every 2 hours to try to get everything jump started. She has been very brave in her walking. Though painful, she has been diligent. She increases distances each time though I know it must be very painful. But, it is the only way to get home. So, by God, she is going to do it. That's my GIRL! Gotta love her!
Sorry there is not much more for me to add except to say that Belinda will be posting herself later on this evening or maybe tomorrow. I am sure she will have much to say and be able to do it in a way much more elegantly and descriptive than I can.
Again, thank you all for your thoughts and prayers! Truly, she knows there are people all around the world thinking of her and it really does mean a lot to her.
I'd like to give a special thanks to you all from me for all those well-wishes and prayers. For I love this woman more than anything on Earth and I don't know what I would do without her.
Thank you all, again.
Mr. Ninjapoodle / Alex / Hogsnorts