I came home from the hospital last night and crashed on the couch and didn't wake up until 9. And I left my camera at the hospital. So much for promises about pictures.
But there are additional pictures from our previous visit. I'll post those.
In the video post, someone mentioned they were surprised at how quiet and calm it was in the room. It definitely was. She couldn't speak above a whisper.
Last night when we went to visit, she looked much better! It is so obvious to us that your prayers and thoughts on her behalf are so helpful to her. She seems increasingly able to express emotion. Of course, she's still not laughing and joking, but she is speaking louder and smiling more. At one point, Brittany said her heart looked stressed, and then she became worried. She closed her eyes, laid very still, and began breathing deeply. Her incentive to avoid defibrillation is very high because it's so painful. Turns out though, that me and Brittany can't actually read those heart monitors very well (imagine that) and it took Dad to tell her that she was actually just fine.
Last night I asked Dad about the plan. Her doctors have begun to wean her off the drugs and today she will be coming off Lidocaine. We'll see how she does with that and then they'll start taking her off the others. Based on her response, she may be able to go home this weekend. They will still consider surgery after that. It depends on how she does at home.
Finally, we also know now that Mom is drinking too much water. Apparently that is possible for someone who carries around a Hawaiian Falls gallon jug and drinks a gallon a day. It's causing her to lose electrolytes. From now on she gets to drink Gatorade.
Here are some pictures from our previous visit.