Tina this afternoon as we were getting ready for her discharge.
Tina is at last home and resting in her own bed! The saga is far from over, but this is a big milestone. As you can see, she still has swelling and bruising, but it has not been increasing today. Just 3 days out of surgery, that is better than we hoped as we have been told that the max swelling would likely be 4 - 5 days out. Her progress has been little short of remarkable to us, though T wants everyone to know she has a long way to go.
She will be on steroids for another week, and the surgeon says they tend to distort the cornea which accounts for some of her trouble focusing and reading. He also attributes her improved taste enjoyment to the same drug. This effect is described as "increased appetite", but Tina is experiencing it as such a great enjoyment of tastes that she really WANTS to eat more.
T is definitely regaining some of her strength. She was able to get up the stairs here at home with a minimum of help and could probably have managed on her own. However, we don't want to take chances. Her right shoulder is quite weak and we have been warned to be careful to avoid stressing it at this point as that could cause longer term damage. So a fall would be a really bad idea.
Her conversation is coming along well, but she still has a sense that her cognitive skills are not back to normal. Her inability to read easily is a real concern for her. We will have to see in time how much of that is vision issues from the steroids and how much is going to require further healing.
She is delighted to be home and she feels truly blessed to have had the medical support to help her physically and the moral support of so many good friends to help her spirits. A huge "Thank You!" to all and we will keep you updated on her progress.