ICU Update

My sister-in-law remains in the ICU. It is two weeks today. Yesterday they performed a tracheostomy. All went well in that regard. I was able to see her about 2 hours after the procedure and she looked far more comfortable.

The doctor continues to reduce my sister-in-law’s level of sedation and yesterday it was evident that she was far more wakeful. Her eyes would open, she would raise her arms, she showed a lot of facial expression (frowned quite a bit) and tried to talk. She continues to dispel the excess fluid from her body and the medical staff was pleased with her progress yesterday. Today, again, the staff say she is progressing well, she had a good night and there had been no evidence of any temperature. Her sons have been in today and also feel fairly positive about the events of the past 24 hours.

All in all a very satisfactory report.

Surgery Update #3

That's her on the left doing her Tai Chi.  She loves this pic, it was taken by a professional photographer and made it in the local paper. (Photo credit is on the image.)

That’s my sister-in-law on the left doing her Tai Chi. She loves this pic, it was taken by a professional photographer and was published in a local paper. (Photo credit is on the image.)

I went to the hospital around noon today to do check-in. My sister-in-law remains in the ICU and is still sedated – although not as heavily as she had been before.  She moved her arms and responded to the nurse as her position in the bed was shifted.  Her blood pressure is a little on the low side and she remains on a respirator.  The intent is to keep her intubated for a few more days to allow her body to focus on fighting infection and healing.

She has had four infusions of albumin and I believe she has had one blood transfusion.  The swelling in her belly, although not as pronounced as on Sunday, is still quite significant.  Although this all sounds quite alarming to a non-medical person like me, the nurses and doctor have assured us that she is progressing well.  Certainly, despite all the tubes and machines around her, she looks as well as anyone can in that situation.  Her skin tone has improved since she was admitted and, she’d be pleased to know, her hair is holding up great.  (God I love this woman!)

I can hardly wait until we can actually chat again – she’s keenly interested in all the comings and goings in our little town. Last night was election night so even though she’s sedated I told her all the results — because I know she will be very happy with them.  Keep those positive vibes headed her way.