I just talked to her nurse. She's had a pretty rough time, so they've given her something to help her rest. I asked if she'll be allowed visitors and was told that, under the circumstances, they want to give her about 48 hours to rest up...then they'll welcome (encourage) visitors. I'll be in that area on Monday anyway, so I'll wait till then.
In the meantime, go ahead and send a card to her at:
Susan Steinsapir c/o UCLA Medical Center 4 West CCU 10833 Le Conte Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90024Make it a funny one. :-)
And include something personal to cheer her up...I'm sure she'll get a charge out of the messages regarding "piss" we've seen here of late.
Ray, if you're listening, please try not to be your absolute funniest...we don't want her to go into cardiac arrest.
As for flowers, they're not allowed in CCU or ICU, so for the time being, hold off on those. Once she has the transplant, they'll want her out of the hospital pretty quickly (usually within a week, barring unforeseen circumstances), so that might be a good time to send them.
Any special messages, you can email her directly or Andreas (email@example.com)...
She's a bit overwhelmed by all of this...I guess there's no way you can really prepare for it, even when you know it's coming.
Keep those cards and letters coming.
Suggestions: send her cat cards, food cards, humor cards. don't worry about "near brush with death cards"; Hattie's got an appointment with a bucket of Beluga caviar and a 20 pound lobster.