This morning's report:
Marlies is doing well and so is her new kidney! Her creatine level (means kidney function) has gone down to normal, which means the kidney is working well. Today she has been unhooked from the oxygen and catheter and is receiving less IV fluids. And the epidural catheter is coming out as well. She has walked a few times now.
Yesterday was more challenging with pain, but the doctor said she has way less pain than is normal for this kind of surgery. Michael was able to do some very light accupressure points for pain, which made a big difference for her.
Last night she slept better than the night before. Later today she will try her first solid food.
With all the doctors coming and going, she has been getting a little over stimulated (sent her blood pressure up).
Because Marlies needs to heal, it is best that she does not receive any visitors in the hospital, thank you for your understanding. Marlies' immune system is very low right now, as is to be expected and all focus is on her healing.
The team of caregivers, 'advocates' are amazing and please know that Marlies is well taken care of.