Morning Bloggers ;0)
I'd like to be able to tell you that Nan is on the improve, but I can't. She's has some hidden agenda that the medicos can't work out. Her temp is high (not white hot, but a concern none-the-less), and her blood pressure is extremely high, so her sedation was re-introduced. Then it sags, and is too low, so the nurses turn it off again. Nan is breathing on her own, but she just doesn't wake up, so the breathing tube has to stay in place so that her chest can be suctioned so that she doesn't develop pneumonia or some other dreadful lurgy. If she would just wake up so that she can cough on her own, then the tube could be removed. But she just doesn't seem to want to. She was responsive to our voices until about day 2 post-op, but has since retreated into some other "nicer place" where we can't reach her. She doesn't like having stitches or op-site removed though..... so she is responsive to painful stimuli. To me, this is good.
And then last night her blood her haemoglobin and potassium have dropped rather low, so they infused 2 units of blood into her. She has a naso-gastric tube in place as well as all the usual fluids running through her central line.
I wonder what today will bring.......
I have to work the rest of the week, but I will go back down for a quick visit on Thursday night.
I have to add at this point, that the staff in the ICU at the John Hunter Hospital have been absolutely amazing. Patient, caring, concerned and professional. Wonderful people. I hope that I can be as good a nurse as I have witnessed.
Anchell's right... life can be a tough relentless at times. One of my life-long friends called me yesterday with the news that her lovely hubby was electrocuted while moving pipes around their farm. Luckily, the pipe never actually came in contact with the high voltage wires, but arced between the two, so he didn't received the full 11000 volts....... He has been lucky; burns to his right hand, and possible loss of his toe where the charge left his body. It's not everyday you have an exploding toe, is it????????? He's in Tamworth Base Hospital ICU under observation to make sure that his heart rhythms are ok, and they'll then have to address the issue of his toe.........
So, that's all for now.
See you later, and thanks for reading.