Sorry I've been absent a little, but my days are a blur of sleeping, being jabbed, tested, sleeping, ... those of you who have been hospitalized understand. I'll try to bring y'all up to date.
I'm still in the hospital. The wreck was last Sunday morning. IF my chest tube continues as it's been going it will be removed tomorrow. They took me off the IV fluids yesterday, although the IV is still in just in case. Today for the first day, there was no blood in the chest tube. Heart telemetry was removed yesterday. I'm still on oxygen and I need it. I'm supposed to walk to the end of the hall and back 3 times a day and I about collapse by the time I'm back. I can't talk without the oxygen, I can't make it to the bathroom without it. They keep telling me it's temporary, and I keep trying to believe them. ANYTHING exhausts me.
I'm stretching out the pain meds and (curiously to me) because most of the damage was done about shoulder height up...it doesn't hurt tremendously to breath. I guess the lower ribs move more and mine are still intact!
I'm having some problems reinflating the right lung...it's taking longer than expected. I think it might have something to do with the flailed ribs under my collar bone...my neck/collarbone area is still swollen and you can see it go up and down when I breath. At least I no longer hear washing machine sounds from it when I breathe! It was the oddest sound and sensation!