Over twenty-seven (27) hours following the conclusion of aortic valve replacement surgery, Mary continues to make good progress. She has had many IVs, catheter, and other tubes and wires removed. The chest drainage tubes remain and they, plus the incision, are still causing considerable discomfort and pain. But she has been much more alert and conversant today. She is sucking ice chips and sipping small amounts of homemade soup and beverages, although her appetite is still quite limited.
At about 10:00 AM this morning Mary was transferred from CCU to a private room in a beautiful new 6th floor wing at Eastern Maine Medical Center, where we are told she will probably remain until her discharge next week. This move is a great improvement for all of us.
The plan is for her to walk for the first time following her surgery sometime later this afternoon. Her vitals are all good and her spirits are positive and steady, which is all normal for Mary.
Stephen, with the blessing of his wife and family, is able to stay another day, which is great. Andrew and his family in Virginia, and Tim and his family (currently in Florida), have been in regular touch.
We have been very blessed by the continued concern and prayer support of so many of you as family members, friends, and acquaintances far and near. Thank you.
I’m not easily able to respond to emails at this point, but I do hope to continue posting about Mary’s status at least once every day or two over the coming weeks. Meanwhile, when no new posts appear, you should be able to assume that no news is good news.
Daryl E. Witmer