Saturday, December 6, 2008

From Mike: Day +11 (Day 5 in ICU)

Update 8:40pm
Nothing new to report. Vitals all very good. Fluid output still excellent! Hoping for a restful night.

Update: 4:40pm
Her fluid output is very good. She's finally outputting more than she's inputting, considerably more. She's been more awake today than days past. She's been wanting to know more about what's going on, what drugs they have her on, who people are, etc. We communicate through writing and her handwriting is much more legible today. Her lungs are still working well, they're continuing to lower the settings on the ventilator. Once we get that fluid out from around her lungs she'll be able to breathe on her own. You can see in the pictures how swollen she is.

Nurse Val came down from the bone marrow transplant floor to visit

Dawn wanted to see all the tubes going into her mouth

Update: 9am
She had a restful night last night. Her kidney output is increasing and her output is finally matching the input of fluids. Her liver numbers are even better today. The number we're really looking at is her bilirubin. A normal number number is between .2 and 1.3. When she was diagnosed with the VOD it jumped from a 2 to an 8 overnight. Then she was put on the defibrotide and it went to a 9, 10 then leveled off. Yesterday it was at a 7.5 and today it's at a 5.6. So the mood this morning is that everything is still heading in the right direction, it's just going to take some time to get this fluid out of her.


Tara said...

Yeah Dawn!!!!


Annie - Steven's mom said...

Great news! Keep going in this direction Dawn....... Thanks so much Mike for the updates, I check multiple times a day :)
love and light

Karen Collins said...

Dawn & Mike, Thank you for this website and updates. I keep in touch with Christy as we have been dear friends from Ft. Sheridan, IL. I continue to pray for you several times a day!!! Much love, Karen Collins, Peachtree City, Georgia

Julie said...

Thinking of you, Dawn (& Tiffie) - I'm so sorry to hear of your struggles and your pain. Be strong - we're all pulling for you and praying for your recovery!

- Julie Norman

Anonymous said...

Thanks Mike, without the excellent pictures you're taking and all the other things you add to this blog site, we out here wouldn't really be able to understand all that Dawn has and is going through. Happy to hear that she is emitting more fluids than she is taking in. Keep that up and the tube should be able to be removed and she will once again be able to talk to you all. Still think showing her the picture of Buddy with his sign around his neck will make her heal faster, or any pictures of Buddy or your boat. God bless and we will continue to pray for a full recovery.
Grandpa Tony & Nancy

Shawn said...

Dawn I DECLARE that today Sunday the 7th will be a new day for you. I DECLARE FROM this day forward you are a walking talking miracle. CANCER you are DEAD and have no place in DAWNS body. YOU will BE a signpost to all who come across your path that GOD is real and HE will not be mocked. I DECLARE that from this day forth you are FREE from this curse. JESUS has set you FREE. I say NO more to the stench of death and say YES to LIFE LIFE LIFE LIFE LIFE LIFE LIFE LIFE LIFE LIFE LIFE!!!!!!! IN THE MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS!!!! SHINE JESUS SHINE!!!!! LET YOUR WORKS BE KNOWN!! AMEN Shawn and Neena ,Bridgett, Rose, Sienna , and soon to be 4th