kevinkeary at aol.com
Fri Aug 16 15:14:41 PDT 2019
They let two people in her room at a time, 5402 in the Cardiac ICU, just off the blue elevators, as long as there's not something going on for which they have to clear the room. I haven't seen any restrictions on hours either.
But you'll just see her lying there with a big tube in her mouth and little tubes in various other places. I intend to be back there in about a half hour.
From: Marc Carlson <marccarlson20 at hotmail.com>
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Sent: Fri, Aug 16, 2019 5:06 pm
Subject: Re: [Northkeep] Keigan
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> On Aug 16, 2019, at 5:01 PM, Kevinkeary <kevinkeary at aol.com> wrote:
> Some of you know that Keigan was going in for open heart surgery last Thursday -- a week ago yesterday. The surgery itself went well, she had a single bypass and her mitral valve replaced. Both are working properly. But as they were closing her, her blood pressure dropped to nothing. They did CPR (on a freshly sutured heart!) and hit her with meds to elevate her blood pressure.
> Her nephrologist wanted her fistula examined and reworked while she was recovering. It has been causing problems. Since they were afraid to use it and had to dialyze her immediately, they installed a port in her chest. And they left her sedated and on the ventilator.
> Her blood pressure is staying up now nearly without meds and her heart looks good on a cat scan. But they've tried to get her to breathe on her own without success, so she's still on the ventilator, and still sedated. Wednesday they tried to put an IV pic line in her right arm (the one without the fistula) so they could take the IV main line out of her neck that had been there since the surgery. They couldn't get it in. Yesterday they took her to Imaging Radiology to map veins in her chest, and put an IV main line in her chest and took the one out of her neck. I don't know the difference between a main line and a pic line, but the medical professionals are consistent in calling them different things.
> They have used that dialysis port three times, but when they tried to use it yesterday it was clogged. They tried putting something through it to dissolve the clots, but it failed. So, today they replaced it with one with longer tubes they hope will last longer. I don't know if they are dialyzing her now or not, but I hope so. She is about six kilos heavier now than when she went in, all water retention. She has tested positive for pneumonia, and they supposedly tested the infection for sensitivity to the antibiotics they're giving her, and her lungs are improving, but they think the fluid retention is contributing more to her congestion than any infection.
> Yesterday she was resting more quietly than she had for the three days before. She was only slightly responsive when the nurse was talking to her, but did squeeze with her left hand on command, not her right. They were hoping to cut back on her pain meds, to hopefully make her more responsive and better able to control her lungs, but they increased them today because of the surgery to swap out the ports.
> IF they are dialyzing her today, the earliest they might try to get her to breathe on her own would be tomorrow. So, she will likely be in this state for another few days.
> She is in St Francis Cardiac ICU.
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