I just slipped out of Mom's room to leave you a quick post.
It has been a GREAT day. The infection is not "systemic." That means it isn't in her blood flow - that's a piece of fantastic news. It's localized, and at present, doesn't seem to be spreading. Again, GREAT news.
Mom has been herself most of today. It's HER talking to me, not the drugs she's taking. Her personality is really coming through. They told us that they are hopefully they'll be able to take her off the ventilator tomorrow, but they'll just see how she's doing. So far today, her breathing and oxygen levels have been great. They said they'll let her eat after taking the vent off, too. So I asked if that meant she could have a Dr. Pepper. They said "Absolutely." As soon as I told her that, I got a huge smile, she raised her shoulders as if she was saying "Yippee!!" It was the best thing I've seen from her in almost 2 weeks. The Dr. Pepper was mentioned again a bit later, and she raised a clenched fist in excitement. It's been a good day so far.
She's resting at the moment, but I just wanted to let everyone know that today has been good. I still don't know what time they're planning to do surgery tomorrow, so we're still playing it by ear on that one.