Friday, April 10, 2009

Day 19, 30 Minutes and One Doctor Visit Later

Chuck just had a chance to meet with Dr. Chase, and here's what they had to say.

TCD's are down to very acceptable levels. It appears the vasospasms have stopped, but they want to give it one more day before making any aggressive changes. If tomorrow's readings are in the same area as today, they'll begin addressing other areas that they've been unable to take care of until the vasospasms were under control.

Then, we can treat the swelling of her body due to fluid intake by dumping the 3+ extra liters they've pumped into her. The first way would be by decreasing the amount they're putting into her and letting the body urinate at a natural rate. Tomorrow if things come back good, they'll give her medicine which will make her urinate abundantly so that large amounts of fluid will move out of her and her swelling will decrease.

Later today, they'll take her off diprovan; from that point respiratory is ready to reevaluate ventialtion and possibly pull the respirator off on Monday. This is all based on her state of consiousness and we'll find out more in the coming days.

If she's unable to maintain concsiousness so to breathe on her own and cough, then they'll be forced to put in a permanenet breathing and feeding tube. This would last anywhere from a week to a month--there's no real timetable, but generally when they put one in it stays for a length of time.

Dr. Chase said the next two days are very important for Lynne, that she would continue to respond will to the treatment they are giving her. Monday is the big day where we'll know what direction we're going next. Thanks for all the prayers, and we'll keep you posted.

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