A quick note to say that Anne continues to do well. Today she is off the oxygen tubes completely and maintaining a high oxygen level. She is feeling good and her appetite is returning. She didn't sleep well because of the oxygen, ironically; it irritates her to have the tubes there and she says it leaves a smell and a taste in her mouth that is unpleasant.
But this morning she craved a navel orange cut into sections. They had other types of oranges in the cafeteria, but I bought her one and it seemed to satisfy. It was heaven to watch her devour them with relish as she read the morning paper (also a first since she's come in). After this she eagerly awaited the breakfast tray, and in particular the nescafe. She drank the coffee and ate about a third of the pancakes that came with it.
Her urine output had decreased to what seemed like a more normal rate in the meantime. In the late morning, we watched an episode of Gray's Anatomy together; again, something she just couldn't muster the energy to do before. Her nurse Elein told her later that she could be wheeled down to the food court for lunch, and so we had them call for a wheelchair. It was very exciting to go somewhere that wasn't for a test or a scan for once! She ate some chicken teryaki, again a small amount, and afterwards I was thrilled to be able to take her outside for the first time in nine days to breathe some real air. Fortunately the sun was shining.
We didn't stay long, though, as the experience of being in the chair was becoming a little tiring; she is coming off a very rough two weeks, after all. We returned to her room and slept for a while.
This afternoon her doctors came by with the wonderful news that they expect to discharge her on Monday! We are so excited to have her coming home and feeling well. Thanks again to everyone for your support and good vibes!