Angela had a fever this morning. The doctors decided to continue antibiotics for now. The pain has been a rollercoaster ride so far. They wanted to try to bring down one medication and start to replace it with something else. Once they brought the dose down, Angela started to hurt more, so they doubled up on something else. One of the things that the orthopedic doctor wants is for Angela to work on sitting up. They will work on getting her sitting up in bed, moving to the edge, and eventually getting her into a chair, but that's it for the moment. We're still waiting for PT to start her on some training or therapy that will help her with phantom pain. Imagine you have in itch on the back of your hand or wrist. Now try to scratch the itch without touching that arm. That's the best example I can think of.
She slept much better last night. Her breathing wasn't shallow enough to set off any alarms this time. They did take her off IV fluids, but has since put her back on because they want her more hydrated. She's still trying to stay pretty positive, but it's not easy. Her blood thinners are at the same level now as before the surgery, so that's good.