Noon Sunday: Two un-crappy nights in a row and Madi walked two laps around her unit at Simi Adventist hospital this morning pushing her IV tree, with the nurse wheeling the skinny two wheeled cart with her oxygen tank. To quote Madi "best nights sleep yet". The primary meds addressing her pain are oral and a patch, with the IV becoming more secondary, a happy thing. Anyone who has had surgery or been hospitalized with heavy opiates knows first hand that they slow... if not shut down the intestines. This is why doctors want patients out of bed and moving as soon and as much as possible, and off the strongest IV meds. Pill form opiates slow everything down too, but to a lesser degree... our observation.
Next step, shake her innards awake and lose the IV tree, then bring her home. The oncologists agree that they can't start chemo and/or the immunotherapy treatments with her body unable to process the input and output of food... she must have real calories.
Have faith and hope, thanks for following along and with love,
The Jones family