(Karen posting again)
Today Ed moved from the ICU to the surgical oncology floor where he has a very nice private room at the end of a long quiet hallway. This is a huge improvement over the ICU which was subterranean and under construction. He is still pretty doped up on dilaudid for pain and not able to chat for long or really even focus on email or facebook. I am reading your replies to him in between his catnaps. He would prefer not to receive phone calls so that he can sleep.
One unexpected development came last night when I picked up a voicemail from Ed's doctor in Salem, telling him that the cultures from his ingrown toenails (please see his May 22 entry if you missed that little distraction) tested positive for MRSA which is a pretty nasty bacterium. The short story is that they put him on antibiotics and he is in isolation until they decide he is not infectious. That sounds horrendous, but it basically means that everyone in contact with him has to wear a gown and gloves. Luckily the touch pads on the iPhone and iPad work while wearing lovely purple nitrile gloves!
We expect him to be at OHSU through the week end. He thinks he can handle a few visitors starting tomorrow for very short (15 minute) visits, but you might want to check with me first to see for sure. And he promises to be more social once he gets home. He will be very tired for a while, even once he is over the immediate post surgery issues, because his body is working really hard to regrow his liver.
Thanks again for all the love. It means so much to us and is most definitely a critical part of the healing process.