Post by morningstar on Jul 3, 2007 21:27:36 GMT -5
I didn't know it either. But, what Jackie said is true. The vent is more than likely what they had him on and then it would make sense. Please tell all the family they are still being thought and prayed about.
I heard a bit more about Ken. They are still waking him up very slowly. He wakes up for a few moments, looks around and then falls back asleep. BTW Ellen, I think it is Dr. Waddell. He told Ken's wife that the reason they wake them so slowly is because if the patient is to wake fully all at once, he would panic seeing all the machinery he is hooked up to. Waking them slowly gives them time to adjust. They want to take the tube (vent maybe?) out of his throat and give him a traech because the tube is irritating his throat. If something is going to go wrong it will happen in the first 4 weeks. He is sharing a room with a gentleman that had the same operation. So far he is doing well.
My MIL called the hospital to ask how Ken is doing. The nurse said that he is doing much better than last week. He is still on the vent (I'm assuming they have that hooked up to the traech) Anyone know how that works? He's off the blood pressure medication now, so that's good. He's awake a little more often, but still is sleeping alot. The nurse said that he still has a long journey ahead of him.
Ken had some company today and he was concious while his company was there and seemed to be fine. When the people left his heart started to race very quickly and the nurses had to give him a sedative and start him on steroids. (Not sure how accurate the info is, because it's not coming directly from the nurses this time). The thinking is that he may be rejecting the lungs. My thinking is the doctors must come across this all the time. Surely they must have a battle plan for this occurance.
Post by morningstar on Jul 18, 2007 13:19:43 GMT -5
It might have been no more than him getting nevous knowing his company was leaving. Think good thoughts till you know for sure. I am sure the doctors have been through this before. And maybe the company was just afraid he was rejecting the lungs. I would think with rejection would come a temp and thy would place him back on the vent. Try not to worry. Till there is a reason. We are all here if you need us.
Rosemarie -- He's never been off the vent - He's still on it. I just found out that they are going to grow a culture from his mucus, so they'll know what is attacking his lungs and better how to fight it.
Post by Blossom/Jackie W. on Jul 19, 2007 8:03:36 GMT -5
Cheryl; we'll be right here.
Ken's in a GREAT hospital that specializes in transplants and I'm confident that yes they've run into situations before so they'd have back-up plans. It's also very possible that this has also been a bit "overwhelming" for him. Especially the up and down emotional stress in the few days preceeding. Heck they were about to even do the tx once; then stopped bcasue the donor lungs had a problem. All of this has got to have had an impact.
Here's hoping this is just a big bump in the road.....
Cheryl I am so sorry to hear that, but God knew when he had enough and took him home where there is no more struggle, and he will enjoy Jesus, enjoy the loved ones that went before him and await the loved ones coming. Please take care of yourself and you and your family are in my prayers. God bless and keep you warmly in his arms.