Monday, March 17, 2008

More Good News; It's Boring But I Love It

A report from Neil.

A number of milestones were reached today.

1. She breathed on her own with pressure support from the respirator for 8 hours; she had physical therapy at the same time. She did not like the leg lifts.

2. She is off the continuous dialysis. The renal (kidney) doctors will put a new cathetor in her on Wednesday and will start her on regular dialysis. She will have this 3 times a week for about 4 hours at a time.

3. She is going to be recommended for transitional care. She will be checked on either Tuesday or Wednesday and be recommended to go to Regency in Golden Valley or Bethesda in St. Paul. These hospitals partner with Methodist to take patients that need respiratory and physical therapy.

She has been opening her eyes and has winced some when she feels pain. These are good signs. I expect that more breathing exercises will be done over the next couple of days. All of the staff at Methodist ICU are just thrilled at her recovery.

Thank you all for your prayers.

Love, Neil

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