They have concluded that Dawn is suffering from a kidney infection with complications, and are treating her with antibiotics, painkillers fluids etc.
Yesterday the physios got her out of bed and moving around for a little while, but when we went to see her in the afternoon she was looking very tired. They were getting ready to move her to another ward, the EMAU, and had just taken a tube out of her neck. We left her some fruit and the shampoo she had asked for and said that we would be back to see her (today) in the new ward.
About 10 PM I had a phone call from the ward. She was very unhappy and wanted to talk to me, but they did not have a phone that could be taken to the bedside. I made sure that the kids were settled and that Catherine was OK looking after them, then went in.
She was getting very agitated - the new ward was too hot (they had given her a fan which were in very short supply), too noisy (because her monitors were closer to her bed than in the other ward, and somebody had stuck a fan next to her), the bed was not comfortable, the water was disgusting, everyone was ignoring her, I'd taken her the wrong kind of apples... Basically she wanted to come home. She seemed to realise that this was not in her best interest but carried on winding herself up. The doctor on the ward said that if she had to she could discharge herself, but that then she would call security to keep her in as she was too sick to go home.
The ward Sister ordered her a replacement mattress (an inflatable one that you can alter the level of support on) and I took her out in a wheelchair while he set it up. We sat for a while in one of the small gardens then came back through the corridor that the local art clubs use for exhibitions and looked at the paintings and photographs.
She was a lot calmer when we got back and after drinking a glass of milk, settled down on her new mattress to try to get some rest. I called in on work on my way back to update them and got home just before 2:00.
I called the ward this morning and they said she was sleeping peacefully, waiting for the morning rounds. We shall go in and see her this afternoon once John gets back from his friend's birthday party.