Today has been a day of flip-flops but overall it is one of the best days grandma has had! She was out of bed sitting in her chair for 2 hours this morning and 2 and 1/2 hours this afternoon. She was mentally tracking much better than she had been before. I talked to her twice on the phone and I know Drew and Tyler also got to talk to her!
It seems she has some acute senses now as she can’t stand the smell of any food, or the taste. My grandmother, who begins any meal with tons onions and garlic, said today she doesn’t like onions anymore. For a long time she’s said she couldn’t taste anything very well and now something has her senses up and alert. I joked that her valve came from a picky pig (pretty sure she got a pig valve anyway!)
Around 6:00 it was decided that she needed to have a permanent pacemaker put in after the doctors saying she didn’t need one earlier in the day. I guess around lunch time when she was getting out of the bed into the chair her heart rate dropped into the 40s (it should be in the 80s). So there was a bit of panic about surgery. But then sometime around 6:30 or so a different doctor came in and said she doesn’t need a permanent pacemaker. Tonight they are doing a 12 hour EKG to get some definite answers and if they decide she needs one, surgery is scheduled for 1:00PM. We really hope she doesn’t need one because another surgery would put a lot more strain on her and she can’t afford to lose any strength.
She also requested that Todd send us (grandkids) a picture of her. She was doing a breathing treatment in the picture which will make Tyler proud
Tomorrow morning Ally is meeting with Dr. Fleming to go over the EKG results, etc. She still has a long road ahead of her and we need all the positive thoughts you can send - but today was a much better day! She also had a sense of humor which was good to hear again.