Kim again here! Edgar and I had a lovely weekend going to visit Kerry- it was so great to see her and hear her speak again! As we arrived in the room Kerry greeted us with a big smile and then announced ‘really sorry but I have some jobs for you!’ It was at this point we knew instantly that our good old wonderful sister was back! It is unbelievable how far she has come in this short amount of time and how well she is doing. We had a great time catching up, discussing the events of the last month, future plans and decorating her room to make it nice and festive. She is loving all the cards full of kind and encouraging words and they are all up on the notice board for her to see whilst she is resting.
Kerry is still having physio daily which is still a struggle but she is trying her best. She is standing up, with the aid of the machine. Unfortunately this week she had contracted a virus which was making everything harder and making her feel unwell. She had a bad headache and is still experiencing abdominal pain. They had noticed that she also had a bit of fluid in her lungs and yesterday they were unsure whether or not to drain this out or leave it to Kerry to get rid of. I was informed by Mum today that a chest drain has been put in her right side which removed a lot of fluid and will help her with the physio- however is extremely sore. Poor Kerry! Although this is not nice for Kerry (especially after everything she has been through) the doctors are not too worried and explained that this happens. They think the virus was bought in from the outside so either one of the nurses or a visitor (although she hasn’t had many), so quite unlucky! She had a temperature on Friday, however this had gone down on Saturday and she was on very strong nebs 3 times a day for 2 hours and antibiotics.
Kerry wanted me to particularly mention that she could not be more grateful for her new lungs, to all the staff at the hospital and most importantly to her donor and her donor’s family (as are we all), it is quite overwhelming.
Again, thank you to everyone who has supported us and Kerry via texts, emails, kindness, cards- it is much appreciated by all of us. Mum and Dad have also had quite a few requests to take things to Kerry (especially over Christmas), whilst this is very kind it can be quite hard with weight allowances on flights. Also the room Kerry is in does not have much space and the surfaces are all full of medication, drugs and other necessities. So whilst it is a very kind thought, it’s not the best time at the moment, however we can always find place for the cards 🙂
Love Kim xxx