Wow, what a difference a couple of hours can make. Patty's drugs were changed, and then Patty changed. She's now sitting up (so her nurse can evaluate how much her surgical wound is still draining), and may have the drainage tube and a couple of other tubes disconnected before the day is out. She's still in discomfort, and feels shaky being upright, but otherwise is doing much better than before. She's even had some juice that didn't immediately come back up.
I'll stay in touch...