Wednesday, May 16, 2012

More Updates on Dad

More updates on dad...

-Yesterday was a pretty rough day for him.  The doctor's were attempting to do an Echo, which agitated my dad, and put his heart rhythm into an atrial flutter (AFL).  They put him on medications to get his heart back into a normal rhythm, and that didn't work like they wanted (his heart rate was too high) - so they had to shock his heart into a normal rhythm - and that worked.

-Originally they had taken him off all his sedatives to wake him up, but because he's been so agitated and trying to get out of bed, they've put him back on some of them.  The doctors want to be able to wake him up, but they don't want to rush anything that my dad isn't quite ready for.

-His fever has gone up and down, and this morning he doesn't have a fever - so that's good.

-His kidneys are still compromised, and probably will be for a little while.  And  because his kidneys are what would normally help get rid of all the toxins and medications in his body, that's part of the reason that it's taking longer for him to get over the confusion and delirium of waking up.

-They were going to try and see if they could take the breathing tube out this morning - and that doesn't look like it will happen.  They need to get my dad to respond to commands, so they know he'll be able to breathe on his own when they take it out.  Right now, he isn't responding to commands like he should be, so unfortunately they need to keep him intubated.

-The doctors did a PICC line (peripherally inserted catheter) - which is basically them moving the IVs from his neck to his arm to make it easier for him to get up and move around when the time comes.

-He's currently restrained, as he's been trying to his hardest to get out of bed.  And is still not responding as well to external stimuli as they'd like to see.

So right now they're pretty much just walking a fine line of keeping him safe, and trying to wake him up and get him to follow simple commands.

Your continued prayers are very much appreciated!


  1. so sorry your family is going through this chels! give your mom a big hug and know that you are in our prayers.

  2. so sorry your family is going through this. please give your mom a big hug and know that we are praying for you.

  3. I'm so sorry, Chelsea. I'm thinking of you and your family and I hope you all start seeing some improvement in your Dad very soon.