[Northkeep] Keigan

Rick Drake ainarm at gmail.com
Fri Aug 16 15:29:51 PDT 2019

Damn sorry to hear this.  Let me know if there is anything I can do to
help, and what Marc said.....


On Fri, Aug 16, 2019 at 5:06 PM Marc Carlson <marccarlson20 at hotmail.com>

> Crap.  Visitors?
> M/D
> Sent from my iPad
> > 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.
> > Kevin
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