Steve was discharged this morning, and we've been spending the day in our room at the adjacent hotel.
- His sense of taste is improving. He's better able to distinguish salty, tangy and sweet foods.
- His double vision is slightly improving.
- He's still unsteady on his feet, which we attribute to his vision difficulties.
- His head pain is at about a 3 on the 10-point scale.
Family and friends update:
- Jim and Betty helped us settle in the room, shopped for plenty of fresh produce and prepared foods for our lunch and journey home tomorrow, kept us company and then flew home. Betty bought Steve an M.D. Anderson ballcap for his head (he can't wash his hair until next Friday!) and us brain cancer awareness bracelets. The official brain cancer awareness color is, appropriately, gray.
- Brother Jim spent the night with Steve again, allowing me to sleep in a real bed, and helped us in the hotel this afternoon.
- Damm family friend Rob Cook surprised us with a visit last night. His father, Charles Cook, was a beloved minister and the man who married Steve and me in 1994. Rob shared some great stories about Steve from high school and youth group days. He's now a general surgeon in The Woodlands and one of many trusted resources we've consulted through this process.
- Cooper and Katie have had an eventful weekend. Yesterday Cooper enjoyed a playdate with Dylan and an impromptu sleepover with Cade. Today they both bounced around at Connor's birthday party. (Thanks to Byron for shopping for the party gift!) Sharon and Sarah have been spoiling Cooper and Katie tonight. Sharon and Sarah arrived with dinner and gifts and let Ami have a few hours on her own.
- We had hoped to visit with both Jayshree and Swati today at the hotel, but I canceled their visits. Steve and I are both exhausted and wanted a few hours on our own before returning home. I think I've run out of adrenaline or whatever has been propelling me the past few days. We took a long nap and ordered room service for dinner. We're keeping a close watch on the South Carolina primary (Nevada just isn't that exciting) and will watch a movie soon.
We are thankful for Steve's steady improvement, for the help you all are providing and for constant prayers, good wishes and the potential resources that continue to fill our in-boxes.