Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Post Op Day 1 - PM update

Well, we didn’t get kicked out of the ICU today (Wednesday). It looks like it will be tomorrow though. But we have the best social worker and she has already spoken to the folks on the HKU (Heart and Kidney Unit) about Harlie’s issues and our past experience so hopefully we’ll have a better stay this time.

Wednesday was a decent day for her. They ended up having to stop the morphine – it made her incredibly itchy around her face and it was clearly agitating her. So, they went back to a combo of fentanyl and ketamine, which seemed to work this time.

It looks like Harlie got another label during this stay. During rounds the doctor called her a “difficult sedation”. Her swelling has gone down a lot. Once it started to show improvement, they let me put her helmet on. It doesn’t seem to be bothering her at all.

Her chest tube drainage seems to be decreasing quickly. I think they are going to take them off suction tomorrow. Hopefully soon after that they will take them out. Then we get to take her home. It’s hard to think about taking her home when she hasn’t even woken up yet.

Well, that’s it for now. I’ll try to update later. Oh, and I posted just a few pics of her that we took today.

Take care,
Christy

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