I finally got below 160 while spending nights in the hospital with Cliff. Today I'm 157 and 1/2. Ten more pounds of loss would be perfect! I've lost 30 1/2 pounds total.
Now for Cliff. He went into the hospital weighing 237 pounds, which was a 40-pound loss since December. Yesterday morning he weighed 227! This morning I was a little concerned because he weighed 230, and we were told to report a gain of more than two pounds in 24 hours; however, I couldn't detect any edema in his ankles, and I knew the visiting nurse would be here. She pronounced his lungs clear, and no edema in evidence. Swollen ankles and labored breathing could be indications of congestive heart failure.
I had some cause for concern yesterday, too: Cliff was getting dizzy every time he got up from a sitting position. It didn't take me long to remember that this is a sign of low blood pressure; sure enough, we checked, and his blood pressure was 90 over 65. I called the heart doctor's office, and they told me to quit giving him one of the pills he was taking. His blood pressure is still pretty low today (110/65) but at least he isn't dizzy.
The home health nurse said Cliff looks great, his incisions are doing well, and she saw no reason to return unless we wanted her here again; we agreed.