I just talked with Mom. She said it has been a good day (it's been awhile since she felt that way).
First of all, her quarantine was lifted today. She's been released from her little room, and was free to visit with others and, even, have her meals in the dining room.
And, secondly, she participated in a meeting this morning, where plans for her discharge were discussed. The plan is, now that she's free to go to the rehab room again, to intensify her therapy, working on strength and balance. They feel like she will probably be ready to go HOME in ten days to two weeks. She's so excited about it.
She's no longer in a lot of pain. She's still dealing with her right foot, which is swollen and sore from the medicine-induced gout. It keeps her from being able to wear a shoe on that foot, but, after all she's been through, she doesn't seem to be too concerned about this.
I might mention (though she probably wouldn't want me to) that she was pretty surprised by her cell-phone bill this last cycle. Of course, all those many phone calls were better than any medicine during those darker days of this recovery - and she appreciates that. However, I've recently taken to calling her after 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Daylight Time) or on weekends, when her minutes are free. If you are only going to talk a few minutes, I don't think you need be concerned; but if you want to have a nice, long chat, maybe evening or weekend hours would be best.
Thanks to all of you who have suffered through this time with Mom; who have sent cards and/or letters; who have cheered her on through phone calls; and who have kept her in your prayers.