The past 60 hours, I think I've slept 5 hours one night, 3 hours the next, and then a 2 hour nap today. My sister-in-law and mom probably have had less than that. But all that work was worth it because FINALLY, we are ahead of the pain curve. We've been in this spot before and know that it can change far too rapidly but it is still such a huge relief to attain that state. With the critical care nurse on hand, we have more tools to deal with any rapid changes, too. Aside from being able to take a nap, the greatest reward was this:
My nephew came in and said, "Hello Dad-o." His dad replied through thick and tired lips, "hey buddy." There was absolutely no doubt that he recognized his son. My nephew's smile confirms that.