Quick update on Suzy's progress. She had a pretty restless night of sleep last night and today is probably the worst day of pain she will experience -- this is pretty normal according to the professionals.
Despite the pain, Suzy is in good spirits and she still makes me laugh. The doctors are giving her Dilaudid to help with the pain -- come to think of it, the Dilaudid is probably the key to her good spirits.
They removed her spinal tap this morning -- this was perhaps part of the reason her head hurt so bad. Our brains float in our skulls -- and when that brain fluid (cerbrospinal fluid) is drained from a tap, the brain tends to stretch....which causes the pain. Then again, a 1.5" hole in your skull hurts pretty bad too.
This was Suzy last night shortly after the surgery was completed -- her good friend Lori performed some ninja photo skills to briefly get a camera in and out of the ICU. As you can see, she is smiling and both sides of her smile are curving upward --- which is fantastic news. Hearing seems to be there, but we won't know for sure until that big old bandage comes off.
Thanks to everyone for their nice comments and support through this procedure; Suzy certainly has a lot of friends around the world that care about and love her.
Next stop, OUT of the ICU tonight!!! (hopefully)