So, when the Physician's Assistant was taking a history and telling me about the craniotomy, he said that one of the things that regularly happens is serious eye swelling.
Well, I went in to Pete's room (I'm writing this on Friday, but it relates to Thursday, I'm a day behind or so) in the morning and I swear he looks like he pinched a nurse on the behind and she bopped him one. His nurse denies this happened. Sure it didn't. Anyway, his sweet long eye lashes were barely showing his right eye was so swollen. Of all the things I've seen in this process, that's what made my heart hurt more than anything else, it looked like it hurt so badly. But I did know about it in advance so I was not as upset. But something to remember, is tell people stuff!
What I was not prepared for was Pete's foley bag. Emerald green urine? Or maybe like the swimming pool that needs to be shocked. Yowzers. Not to mention the sheer volume of it. They are giving him a mess of medications through the day, so I have to figure it was one of them.
He's been on Propofol which is a drug the nurse called "Milk of Amnesia" and it is used to keep him sedated and also has an amnesiac side-effect. It is white and seems to be a little of a miracle drug. Personally, I'd like for them to figure out how to make it in tablet form and retroactive to Monday, but they don't seem to be going there. He had been getting a really major dose, and chief resident for the floor has the nursing staff reducing the dosage. He's also getting extra sodium in hopes that will help reduce the swelling. And there are about 5 other bags hanging there.
At the end of the day, he picked up a little fever so the nurse called for a cooling blanket. They sent it up, but didn't include the hoses from the cooling unit to the blanket. If that's the only thing that goes wrong, I'm a lucky lady!