Barb says the nurses tell her she is doing well, so she guesses she must be. I understand her completely. She is feeling pain in the ribs when she breathes or coughs. This is to be expected, but that is not going to make it feel any better. They are giving her pain meds, but too much would slow forward progress, so it is a balancing act.
At 10:15 AM, the nurse told me she has orders to prepare Barb for a transfer out of ICU to a regular room. This is definitely good news. They started the insulin drip and are monitoring Barb's blood sugar levels. (Insulin drip is normal after surgery, because the body as part of a fight or flight response release lots of sugar into the blood stream. Since she is laying quite still in a hospital bed, the muscles are not going to use it, so insulin is used to balance things back out.)
We do not know what time or what room yet.
Thanks again everyone for your prayers, thoughts, posts, emails and calls.