17/10/2017 - Teddi's Recovery: Week One (Days 5 & 6)

Teddi’s Recovery: Week One (Days 5 & 6)

Hints of normalcy returning

Hints of normalcy returning

It has now been one full week since Teddi’s surgery, and things are progressing as well as we could have hoped!  Not only have we been successful in #HealingTeddi of her cancer, but we have also seen a remarkable rate of recovery.  Over the past two days, since my last update, Teddi has had a big ‘perk up’ in her energy levels and alertness. Yesterday, she even requested I bring along her art magazines and art supplies! Hey now! Teddi’s back :-).  We’ve also had some Teddi - Wyatt coloring and drawing sessions, which are a wonderful hint of normalcy returning to our lives (Teddi arts with Wyatt, I wrestle him, team parenthood!).  

Yesterday, we reached a key milestone, her chemo treatments are finished! It was hard, particularly Day 3, but she did it!  This was something she had planned to dedicate mental fortitude to, and totally kicked ass at it.  Thanks to all of you for sending her encouragement! With the chemo done, she is down a few more connections.  Her chemo input was port removed yesterday (not fun at all unfortunately!), and the buckets attached to her abdominal drains were removed.  She now has them attached to bags for just 1-2 more days.  This makes her much more mobile and mean she might even get to take a shower soon and feel human again!.

Teddi's artwork, depicting her walking post surgery last time around. See more @teddiconfetti on Instagram. 

Teddi's artwork, depicting her walking post surgery last time around. See more @teddiconfetti on Instagram. 

None of you will be surprised to hear that Teddi has already been walking walking laps around the ICU2 ward. She did one lap on Day 5 and two yesterday (Day 6). A total badass! Go wifey! All of this progress has her cleared for the general ward, which is yet another victory for her.  But we’re in no hurry to get there as it is much quieter here in ICU2 :-).  Another positive note - her digestion has been waking back up, and in 3 days, she’ll have a test on her stomach to check the patch they had to give her during surgery. If all OK - she’ll lose the evil NG tube and start eating again - that’s our next key milestone, from my opinion!

Wyatt and I have been exploring local playgrounds and child friendly facilities. Currently Macca’s (McDonalds for all you Americans) is currently a close friend - free WiFi, cheap coffee and play areas FTW.  And many thanks to our friends back home who have been putting us in touch with Sydney connections. We have a few offers now for looking after Wyatt - which is so helpful! Thanks for that! 😀

It’s been a great first week of recovery. Looking ahead, let’s hope that stomach test goes well and that Teddi can start eating again. Next update, I hope to have good news on that front and some indication of when we might get to go HOME. Looking good folks!

-Nick-

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