I drove up to Seattle on Thursday, and have seen Maria quite a bit since then, so I wanted to give a more detailed update. . .
She has made a lot of improvements since she has been at UW - she can do her neck brace and turtle almost all by herself, is walking around totally on her own without a walker or cane, can drink out of a straw - basically a lot of things she couldn't do (or were very difficult to do) a week ago.
She does have an infection of some sort, so she is on an antibiotic as well as her pain medication, and doesn't feel great. However, she is very determined to keep up with her physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy in spite of feeling sick and tired. This morning she took a shower with her occupational therapist, who remarked that Maria does a very good job managing her own care, i.e. doing everything she is capable of on her own, and telling her nurses and therapists what she needs them to help her with. After OT, the physical therapist came and helped Maria get in and out of Barb's car, in preparation for her trip home on Tuesday. It was a little scary at first for her to think about being in a car, but she was very brave and tried it, and was able to get in and out with no problems. If she feels up to it, she can go on an excursion with an activities coordinator from the hospital tomorrow - anywhere she wants to go. . . she is thinking the zoo:)
She has to have a consult with an oral-maxillofacial surgeon (aka jaw doctor) from Harborview before she can get her jaw unwired, but assuming that that gets taken care of on Monday, she is on track to go home on Tuesday. From there, she will have PT/OT/SP come to her house, and will still have a lot of therapy/rehab work ahead of her. After almost a month in the hospital, though, it will be nice to finally be home!
I'll try to keep everyone updated over the next couple days. . .