Saturday, August 06, 2005

Gastrostomy tube, recovery estimate

Sorry about not getting to post anything during the daytime. I just got back from the hospital and it's already past midnight now. I didn't mean to leave you all waiting for today's update in antici...
I'm really tired, so this is going to be a very short post. Doctor says it's realistic to expect that if Denise pulls through, she'll be in a hospital for months, not weeks (CCU, then to a facility where they wean her off the machines). THEN more time for recovery at home. Thoughts of summer, work starting, and what to do with the kids will keep me awake for a few more hours tonight. The kids miss Denise bad enough as it is.
Gastrostomy tube was inserted today (feeding tube removed from mouth). PIC line also inserted (they removed the catheter in her neck). The infectious disease doctor called off the use of the cooling blanket, so Denise is relying on meds & ice to fight the fever. There was another bronchoscopy look-see (no visual sign of new infection, but washing was done & will be cultured).
A good thing happened just before I left late tonight. Denise's oxygen concentration was turned down to 55% (the lowest it's been while in CCU) and her saturation was still hovering around 92%. Let's hope that the trend can continue.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

We continue to lift up Denise, knowing full well that our Savior's arms hold her and all of you as well. We pray for Jacob and Gracie, and for stamina and some sense of peace for you. We pray for wisdom and guidance for the hospital staff. The Women of the Lutheran Church in America of the San Gabriel Valley are praying for healing for Denise. Let us be thankful for our faith; knowing of and believing in the miraculous healing power of our Lord. Blessings, Carol Berglund and family

August 06, 2005 7:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

continuing lift up denise in me prayers. I am praying for your family. God is in full control and the loving arms of Jesus is holding her and His arms are wrapped around her. Our God is a big God and He is watching over her. I will continue to pray for you too phil that the lord will strenthen you and give you the rest that you need. God loves you and your family so much and he is watching over you. God is our comfort and our strenth and we can run to him 24/7, his loving arms are ready. I will continue to keep you in my prayers. Jesus loves you.

August 06, 2005 4:08 PM  

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