gif89a Friday April 14th, 2006 | Ophelia

Friday April 14th, 2006

Poppy arrived at the end of the day with Mamma who went home briefly. I finally got turfed out of the cardio-thoracic intensive care unit (known locally as ‘CTICU’). I said good-bye to my nurses, Gillian and Carol.

Room 603 6th Floor Pediatrics
I was wheeled down in my crib to the 6th floor Pediatric ward. Sarah was my nurse. This was a whole different ball game. There was one nurse for six patients. In the CTICU I had one nurse for myself and one other patient so I was a little spoilt. Mamma and Poppy were exhausted and they left to have dinner. Poppy was staying at the W Hotel down-town on 47th and Broadway, and Mamma was going to come back later and sleep in my room. But they both fell asleep and didn’t wake up until the next day. I was lucky to have Sarah because she was taking very good care of me and the next day I had Melissa who also did a great job but I was a lot happier when Mamma and Poppy finally decided to show up at nine that morning. Mamma was going to stay with me until I went home.

At this point I would like to tell you that everything was going great but unfortunately I had a bad attack of the runs and I am waiting for my doctors to sort it out before I get back in the car to go home. Melissa has changed my diet to soy milk and I am keeping my legs crossed that will take care of my attack of the runs. Poppy took a whole bunch of photographs of me today, and a couple with Mamma, so I am going to attach them to this article. He says I look like ET with my scrawny legs and big eyes. I have big blue eyes like Poppy. I feel a lot better. My heart rate has settled down to 120 from the 170’s before surgery and I am breathing normally instead of panting. I am eating up a storm and Poppy is checking his bank account to see if he can afford to feed me. Meanwhile Mamma and Poppy have discovered the local Spanish eatery called El Presidente at the corner of 165th and Broadway and the weather is glorious, reaching 85 degrees Fahrenheit today. And that’s my life so far. Tomorrow will be another day.

Ophelia.

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