Today was a good day. It was a smart move to lie down for bed at 8pm last night. While I didn't fall to sleep until close to 9, I was able to get a lot of sleep. Subtract out the hour or so that I was up from coughing around 1:30am and I still got 8 1/2 hours of sleep ... not bad! I am really liking the whole 'roll out of bed 10 minutes before I need to start working' thing.
Last night Kevin was giving me my nightly foot rub that he does to try and help work the fluid back to my heart (I love him for doing this almost every night). It hurt a little. But not the normal ache from the fluid - it hurt because he was actually touching foot bone rather than fluid - something that hadn't happened in SO long. Keeping my feet up for the majority of the day yesterday really made a difference! My ankles were still swollen and my calves, but the fluid hadn't made it all the way to my feet and toes as it normally does. Success!!
My second piece of good news came around noon today when I checked my blood pressure. Down to 126/68!! Awesome!! My sister-in-law, Heather, brought an at-home monitor over this afternoon, so I'll take it again tonight before bed. Up until noon today I hadn't done anything other than sit on the couch with my feet elevated while working. I only got up to go to the bathroom. This apparently is the key to success. Yesterday I had done some laundry, swept the upstairs, etc during my "lunch" and even this may have been enough to keep my blood pressure up to the level it was last night. As long as it is getting better and not worse, I am a happy camper.
As for Riley, she is still moving around like a little gymnast! She is definitely the most active in the mornings - between 8am and 10am. Also, whenever I get up in the night to switch sides or go to the bathroom, she gives me a few pokes to remind me she is there - as if I could forget, as she is the main thing on my mind now.