Friday, August 7, 2009

The Best News in a Year

A MRI was done and for the first time in a year, it came back with less swelling and a slight change in the lesions!!!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

He is amazing us again

Since Sunday we have had too much excitement.

Monday at 1:30 a.m. Steve's blood pressure and oxygen fell again. He had a breathing tube inserted. On Monday and Tuesday, his blood pressure was hard to regulate. Steve was completely aware of what was happening and was able to communicate with the staff and family. He decided he wanted the breathing tube removed. The doctors explained that removing the breathing tube could jeopardize his stability, but Steve was determined. Wednesday morning, the tube was removed and Steve's oxygen level fluctuated during the morning, but not dramatically. By Wednesday afternoon, everything leveled out and he has done very well.

Steve is moving from the ICU back to the hospital floor. He is starting to eat again. Physical Therapy will get him up and around. We do not have a discharge date, but feel that we are on the way.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Steve is back in the hospital

Steve was admitted on Saturday to the hospital. He was having several issues that were beyond my nursing skills.

Today (Sunday) when I arrived he was deeply asleep. He had had a good night and when I spoke with him earlier he was cheerful, feeling pampered, and well-cared for. I was unconcerned and sat with him. The nurse checked on him regularly. After three hours, when the nurse checked on him yet again she felt that his lips looked blue. Within a few minutes it was determined that his blood pressure and blood oxygen were very low and there were at least 10 people working to stabilize him. A CAT scan was done and it was determined that he did NOT have a stroke. They have not determined exactly what caused the problem, but with all that he has going on neurologically, he could have a variety of issues.

After things calmed down, he was awake for about an hour and we got to talk. He was lucid, but very tired.

Tonight he is comfortable in the ICU being closely monitored.

I cannot say enough good about the nurse who cared for Steve today. I appreciate so much her concern and skill. She was Steve's nurse in April as well and remembered us. We have been blessed with exceptional medical care from the beginning of this ordeal.