Christine's First Surgery

Post Operation - Day 1

Christine is in good spirits considering all that has been done to her. The surgeons visited first thing and they were very happy with progress. The registered nurses pop in every hour or so to check that all is OK. She is on a feeding tube, and an IV for drug medications. There are also many diagnostic wires attached. She is breathing through a tracheostomy tube and they have a Doppler blood flow monitor that shows that the rejoined arteries are working well.
A physiotherapist with 40 years experience, came today and, after a number of breathing and leg exercises, was able to have Christine get up and sit in a chair for an hour. This was an amazing achievement, and I am incredibly proud of her determination! Tomorrow the plan is for her to walk, and to sit in a chair for two hours.