Sunday, March 09, 2008

Today Was A Really Good Day

The doctors are astounded by her progress. They said that steroids are not supposed to work in these cases. That's the only change they made.

She is off the paralytic; blood pressure meds are gone, vent is down to 55, they have her on a new pain med and are weaning her off the versed she has been on. Versed (accent on the second syllable) is a powerful drug that is often used on patients in ICU who are on ventilators. It relaxes them so the vent can do it's job. It also causes amnesia so she won't remember anything that has happened. Her blood Ph is 7.2 and her CO2 level is down to 74 from a high of 125.

She should be off the versed totally by Wednesday afternoon. Then they want to see if she can follow simple commands. Her husband will have to be there for that because she is hearing impaired. Even with her hearing aids in her ears she will do better hearing his voice which is very deep and loud.

Last Tuesday I really thought she would be dead by now. She is by no means out of the woods. We don't know how effective her lungs will be in transferring oxygen to her blood and her kidneys are still barely functioning.

But the fact that one of those poles that they hang bags of medicine on is gone from her room is proof to me that we have hope. They also removed the EEG monitor from her forehead and the screen for that is gone as well. Now that she's not on the paralytics we don't have to worry about her being under medicated for pain.

I'm going home tomorrow night feeling a whole lot better than I did when I arrived nearly two weeks ago.

Again, thank you for all your prayers, Reiki and energy. We would not be where we are without all of you.


Anonymous said...

Know we're thinking about you all. keeping all digits crossed. hugs d and k

blogauthor said...

Wow ... this was amazingly good news to read today. So glad to hear it.