“Eight Days on the Road”

There was a little extra news from last night that didn’t make the post (and I was too tired to do the update). Lucy sat on the edge of the bed last night for almost a half hour. I gave her a long back rub, which helped her relax. Her calf diameter went down another ½ cm. Her pain level has stayed the same, but it is significantly better than a week ago. Her blood work is showing normal values except for her hemoglobin being low. Adult women should range between 12.1 and 15.1 grams/deciliter (g/dL). They want Lucy’s hemoglobin to stay above 7.5. If it goes below that, she will get a transfusion.

It’s ironic the title of today’s post is a song by Foghat. This morning was incredibly foggy. It has been a very mild winter here unlike last year’s near-record seasonal snowfall and unusually cold temperatures. We earned a break after last year. I normally can drive from home to Fairview Southdale in about twenty minutes for the six mile trip. France Ave. has a bunch of unsynchronized stoplights once I cross into Edina from Bloomington. Today I needed fifty minutes. There is a large lake and marshy area near Normandale College at 98th St. and France Ave. The fog in that area reduced visibility to about fifty feet. Even the inside of the hospital’s parking ramp was a bit foggy.

Dr. Thurmes stopped by to see how Lucy was progressing. Her Coumadin dosage still needs a tweak. She had noticeable improvement in her hemoglobin after yesterday’s transfusion, rising from 6.1 to 8.4. Lucy will probably be here until Saturday at least. Dr. Thurmes wants to see two consecutive acceptable results before disconnecting the IV heparin.

Lucy had the PT and OT people here today. She ran through her exercises and has a walker to use. She can get out of bed without needing a handrail. Her right ankle is still very stiff. She walked close to one hundred feet in total today, half with the walker, in four walking sessions. Now she has a recliner to sit in so she spent most of the day in the chair. It still takes her a moment after she stands up before her ankle loosens up enough to work slightly.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and for your concern for Lucy!

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