This is still going to be a long, hard slog, but she's not nearly so drugged up as she was before, and she's talking easily, coherently and at length about some of the projects she's been working on.
She is having some mobility problems with her right arm, but it's not nearly as bad as I had feared. She has some numbness in her forearm, is having trouble controlling where her elbow goes, and can't elevate her arm very much. Her hand and fingers, however, are completely fine, and she was able to feed herself some fruit with just a little elbow stabilization and guidance from me. She got better as we went along, and by the end of it, I was using two fingers to steady her elbow and raise it about a half inch for her, and the rest she was doing on her own.
We've been told that she has a lot of rehab ahead -- three hours a day for weeks. This will include physical, occupational and perhaps vocal therapy.
For now, she has a sore throat and her staples hurt a bit. She also has some pretty fantastic bruising behind one ear and is having some fluid buildup in the side of her face; we'll post pictures.
We are tucked away in a quiet room in a corner of the surgical ICU, but she's ready to be moved out as soon as a bed becomes available elsewhere.
I expect a lot more ups and downs before we're done with this adventure. For now, she is doing very well, and we'll continue to deal with things as they come.