Not to be Debbie Downer, but Doug will have a very long road once he is out of sedation. He is still facing the need for open heart surgery and to get his heart strong enough to get there. But these are baby steps - so keep those curb chains and cat bells jingling and praying to whatever god you believe in. Susan and Doug live an hour from the hospital, so this is hard on her as well commuting to his bedside. She's such a rock, but this roller coaster is taking her places she didn't know existed emotionally.
She probably won't be on for a few days, but I am relaying all of your good wishes.
I'm sorry I haven't updated in a few days. Last night was the first time I arrived home before dark since May 26th and sometimes I'm just too tired to do anything but go to bed. Everything is showing tiny improvements each day with the exception of yesterday. They determined he has developed Psuedomonas (sp?) which is apparently common in hospitals and for people on ventilators. He did develop a fever overnight and was put on an antibiotic, but of course, this scared me because he already has so many issues going on. The Infectious Disease unit isolated his room and everyone who enters has to wear a gown and sterile gloves, but I think that is probably harder on the nurses than on me because I don't go in and out so much.
They discontinued the sedation two days ago, but because of weak kidneys, it is extremely slow to wear off. I have been holding his hand and talking to him for two days, waiting for him to become more alert. Yesterday he seemed to be responding to my voice a little bit and it was such a good feeling for me to think that he is hearing me.
Today, this afternoon, is a big leap for both of us as they plan to remove the Impella that has been pumping blood through his heart. They do feel he is ready, and all I can do is pray they are right. I found that he is only one of three people in Georgia to have this in use currently. Apparently it was only approved for the U.S. in 2008 and hospitals are still in the process of learning it's value. We are very lucky to be at a hospital that had one of these available to him.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who is praying for us and sending us jingles and positive thoughts.
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