Today was fabulous, and not just because they restocked the pudding parfaits in the cafeteria. We had a bit of a rough night last night, with Elvie restless and whimpering even though she'd had her pain medication. In the early morning hours, I reached down to straighten her blanket, and it was a little wet. Further examination via iPhone as light revealed that she was bleeding. Her foley catheter was rubbing on her incision scabs. It sounds horrible, and it kind of was, except that when peds surgery came to take a look, they discovered that there was pus hiding under there, so they were able to irrigate the wound and squeeze it out. If the scab hadn't budged, it wouldn't have been visible, and that was key. After it was drained, Elvie was so clearly relieved that I was glad the de-scabbing happened, even though it caused some misery in the night. She was chilled out and mellow all day, and it wasn't just thanks to morphine and Lortab. Draining that gunk obviously relieved some of the pain she's been feeling, and she slept more soundly than she has in quite some time.
I won't discount, however, the effects of her sleeping next to me on the bed, and the quiet day we were afforded. We basically did nothing stressful today. She slept, she ate, she eventually pooped, and all was well. I was next to her the entire time. If I squinched up my eyes, I could almost pretend we were hanging out on the big bed at home. Bliss.
Now I'm off to sleep myself, relieved to be stretching out next to Elvie on a bed instead of making up my chair bed. It feels great.