Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Less Vent, Less Critical

This morning's news is short & sweet. Denise's dad & I went in at about 9 am to watch the physical therapy. Denise did pretty good. We learned a lot of things that we can do with her. Much of the work was passive, but some was active, requiring Denise to apply a little force on her own. She was *really* tired when therapy was done. Not that she's ever really been a morning person, but she was already starting to fade in & out by 10 am. I still got a smile, though! :O)
The ventilator pressure went from yesterday's 20 cm/H20 to 18 today. So once again, here's another day with the machine doing less work, Denise doing more, and her oxygenation remaining adequate.
The doctor indicated that they're going to discontinue the med that boosts white blood cell production, as her marrow seemed to start cranking out acceptable amounts again. Yay!
There's another increase needed in the protein department. The fevers persist. Infections persist.
Ray of sunshine: doctor indicated that if things continue to slowly get better, Denise may be graded into a category that's less critical or even just plain serious. When patients are in serious condition, they don't really like to hear jokes. That'll be a tough phase for me. Still, I'm glad to hear that all the decisions, meds, skill, equipment, hard work, and prayer is all working together to keep Denise on the road to recovery. After all that's been going on for a month, it's nice to hear the positive things.
By the way, Denise's doctor became a first-time daddy yesterday. He's "off" for a few days to hang out with his wife & new son. But he's still been coming in to see Denise anyway. That kind of dedication has been typical of him and the nursing crew.
:O) Phil


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord for all the progress and good news!

August 16, 2005 11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very good news Phil, we're so happy.

August 16, 2005 12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been praying for Denise every single day, and continue to read your informative (and sometime comical) updates. Seeing that you still have high spirits through all of this is truly God working through you. I will continue praying for your family and Denise. I am just estatic to hear the continual progress of Denise. If you need anything, don't hesitate. God bless

Genelle Campbell

August 16, 2005 1:26 PM  
Anonymous Cindy Wert said...

Great news! Thanks so much for keeping us informed. Hugs and kisses to all of you (and the rest of the gang hanging out at your home). Please give Denise a hug and kiss from her "favorite" cousin.


August 16, 2005 2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PRAISE GOD!!!we love you!

Love, The Treydtes

August 16, 2005 3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, Phil, you can always hope that Denise will breeze through the "serious" stage and move right to "hilarious".
Glad to hear the news,

August 16, 2005 10:11 PM  
Anonymous Hovel Babikian said...

What a testimony to the community of prayer that encircles your family. We will continue to pray for:

1. Physical, emotional and spiritual endurance for your family and loved ones

2. Continued community intercession

3. Divine Healing

All will be well – all will be well.

August 17, 2005 2:14 AM  
Blogger Michelle Gower said...

I'm so glad to hear the news that she's continuing to get better. They haven't put me back in CCU since the first and only time I have taken care of your wife. I've been on ICU and ICU South, but I still ask my coworkers how Denise is doing and this website that Phil set up is very informative. I have never seen such wonderful family support as that which Phil is doing for his wife. Denise is the only Critical Care patient I've seen that has her own website!I saw a comment from Jeff Wilson about me...just wanted to say "hi and thanks." God bless your family. May Denise comtinue to recieve God's healing.

August 17, 2005 8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


My name is Tom Leslie and I live in Arcadia. Our son graduated from Westmont in May 2000. We have a modest home and an available bedroom, should you need to crash. My wife and I work out of our home, so mostly someone is home. You can use our home as a resting place. You can contact us at tomleslie@leslielink.net. My wife reads all my emails. We continue to pray for Denise, you, the children, and all those who are helping.

Keep the faith! As you said, always praising our Lord.

Tom Leslie

August 17, 2005 1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Phil,

Thanks for the continued posts keeping us informed. Doe and I are praying for Denise, you and the kids.

I can appreciate not making jokes...sometimes its hard, but you'll get through it.

God is totally present and accounted for.

David Marasa

August 17, 2005 2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Phil - Hoping and praying daily that no news is good news! I can imagine that the physical therapy is hard for Denise at this time, but since she is trying to work with it - EXCELLENT! It is very, very tiring for her, as I'm sure you know. I'm a physical therapist, so let me know if I can be of any help, in that regard or any other. Our prayers continue several times a day. Blessings and peace, Carol Berglund

August 18, 2005 9:01 PM  

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