‘Walking and sleeping’ was the theme for today in spite of waking with a fever of 102.2. This was due to a condition called atelectasis, where the lungs don’t quite expand enough after surgery and cause the immune system to react. She used her little breathing device every time after five walks today (the last one being a full two laps around the in-patient area) and got the fever down to an almost totally normal 99 degrees by expanding her lungs full of air. Amazing what a little breathing will do. After each walk, Jess sat upright in her chair for 15-20 minutes and took in the sunny view, read or played on the phone, and then conked out for about 30-40 minutes. She’s been asleep for about 40 minutes already add I type this blog entry.
Big thanks to everyone who has commented, popped by, dropped or sent flowers, and just taken the time to show Jess love and support. It means the world.
Using the breathing device to open the lungs.