Thursday, December 10, 2009

day 4 (400?)

Maggie:

Still here, in ICU, waiting. My mom and I stare at the various machines, red lines, blue lines, blinking lines, blood pressure numbers, heart rate numbers, baloon pump numbers... its all foreign and frightening. We jump at every beep, eyes wide, hands shaking. The ventilator makes a sucking sound, dad coughs, nurse comes in and sucks goop from the lines. Waiting for the lung doctor to give the ok to remove the ventilator. The sedatives are slowly being weaned but Dad has to follow commands for the tubes to be removed. We're waiting. Its all in his time now. His heart somehow sustained no damage after the arrest. Its beating on his own now. Its so surreal to sit in his room and see him like this. Why am I blogging about this?I think the point is to impress on anyone reading this... you are a miracle! Appreciate it NOW!

4 comments:

jomamma said...

Maggie, my heart goes out to you all. Not quiet 40 years ago my mom sat in the ICU with my dad. We kids were too young to be there with her so stayed in Okla. with relatives. I know your mom is glad you are there with her. Just know the things the Doctors have learned in the last 40 years about dealing with heart attacks is amazing. Even back then, Dad was square dancing 3 times a week within a year after his triple bypass surgery. I hope your dad is up and dancing real soon. I'm praying for you guys.

Travis and Maggie said...

Thanks J. The ICU is a terrible place. Dad had a stent put it, and they don't even call this surgery, but a procedure. But... there were other "complications". Some bleeding, slight pneumonia, and he's not responding as well as he could be to getting taken off the respirator. sux. Thanks for the prayers!

Jamie said...

Hugs to all of you. I lost someone dear to me on Friday, so I'm completely with you on the Tell Them NOW theory. Thanks for keeping us posted; we're right there alongside you, pulling for a quick recovery!

rob said...

I Hope all goes well for your Dads recovery(which I have no doubt it will having been a recipient of the new surgical cardio techniques that are available nowadays!) As a stent insertion is fairly non invasive his recovery once out of ICU will be pretty startling. I don`t suppose that he has the hook up I had when in ICU which (even though I shouldn`t have done) allowed me to tweak the knob for more morphine( which I did)so I don`t remember much about it :o)) our thoughts are with you all. regards Rob :o))