Friday night and part of Saturday, Amy was having severe mouth/throat pain, but the nurses have changed Amy's morphine pump to a morphine drip & pump. The morphine drip keeps a steadier level of morphine in Amy's system. Cold compresses (bags of ice) are also helping to alleviate her mouth/throat discomfort. Amy was able to sleep much better last night. With new side effects comes a "learning curve" as to what works best to diminish them.
Amy is no longer able to eat much of anything, even jello and ice cream hurt to swallow. They have put her on TPN - a milky looking liquid that feeds her nutrients through her IV . She's now using a dry erase board and a little bit of sign language to communicate with us. Back in March, the chemotherapy had affected Amy's eyes and she basically could not see for a week or more . She was trying to decide which was worse - not being able to see or not being able to talk. She decided that not being able to see was worse.
Again, thank you for all the cards, letters, prayers, phone calls, and gifts. The support and love shown to us helps sustain us and we are extremely grateful.