Tina had some problems in the night and her surgeon came in at 3 AM to check on her. The good news is that the itching and pain are apparently now under better control. The bad news is that she is having trouble moving her right arm. It is the latter that brought the surgeon in during the night. He was back already this morning to check on her (when does this guy sleep?) and I got a chance to speak with him on the phone.
It is common with removal of a tumor of this size to have "neurological issues" as the brain shifts in re-occupying the void left from the tumor. While effects from swelling, etc. over the next 48 hours or so are certainly disquieting, they are not yet cause for alarm. What the surgeon is looking for at this point is a stabilization of the neurological issues (i.e. an end to new problems cropping up and no worsening of the arm control). That will be the criterion for releasing her from the ICU, as her vital signs have been excellent throughout. If she remains stable, she could be moved this afternoon.
Alas, the ICU is off limits to visitors until noon, so we probably will not be able to see her this morning to be able to give a first hand account. The nurse last night was pretty relaxed about letting us stay through the 7-9 PM blackout period, but the current nurse is a "by the rules" operator. Perhaps the shift change will get us back to some flexibility.
It is clear from talking with Tina on the phone that her pain is under reasonable control, but she is still a bit groggy and obviously concerned about the arm. Please keep the good vibes coming and we will let you know as soon as we have more information.