First of all, a big thanks to all of you who have called (those who know me in real life), and those who have written here.
I have not been home for about a week now, so I have not had the chance to catch up. But on Wednesday Ricki was finely taken off the sedation and intubation. What followed was her experiencing (after 12 days of narcotics)withdrawal symptoms (diarrhea, shakes, agitation).
Yesterday she sat up for several hours, but still had withdrawal symptoms.
Today, FINALLY, she is feeling MUCH better . Her withdrawal symptoms are slight (they are gradually giving her reduced doses of a narcotic substitute). In addition, she is back to her normal self: eating, talking, asking questions, bitching, and complaining. She is walking small distances, although her strength is still very compromised.