I got 5 units of blood, 1 in preparation, 2 during surgery to replace the 2 that ended up on the floor and another 2 because I left the OR with a hemoglobin of 7.1. Apparently I shattered the expected 2 tablespoon norm. As a consequence I do not have any screws at the elbow end of the titanium spike in my humerus. There just wasn't time and a bit of concern related to hematoma(s). There is a metaphysical-feeling set of consequences which led to the 2 units of blood that were hanging during surgery. Let's just say Lu is more amazing than I can give her credit for without sounding like a wacko.
So I left recovery with a new friend's (my recovery nurse, Patti) email taped to my chest. (there was no way I was going to remember anything like an email address)
My Mom found an empty room larger than the one I was to be squeezed into and Lu again worked her magic and got a room change to a family room with a hide-a-bed for her, my mom and all the kids to be comfortable in. That was a true top floor haven. The pain kept me in the hospital an extra day, which wasn't so bad considering the surroundings.
I'm taking a ton of Lortab for the pain, but less and less frequently. I get to pow-wow with my oncologist concerning upcoming radiation treatments this Tuesday. Unfortunately, because of the missing screws, my elbow is immobilized until August 4th. (Hopefully no longer then 10 days which should make PT a bit easier.) I will then move into a higher mobility brace.
All in all I feel blessed with the incredible out pouring of love and generosity. Thank you so very much for all your thoughts and prayers. Please feel free to post comments because I love reading them.