Dawn had an eventful night. She pulled the ventilator tube out of her mouth. Yesterday when she was alert she was very agitated. She was constantly trying to pull her ventilator tube and IV lines and kept trying to get out of bed. She's very frustrated and I think pretty confused too.
Her fever is 103.3. Bilirubin is still up at 7.3. Her white count (WBC) is up again, first time in the normal range: 5.960 (normal 4.8-10.8). I don't have
her absolute neutrophil count but it was about 51.5% of white cells which puts it about 3.07.
They did dialysis this morning. They took off over 5 liters of fluid, which is about 12 lbs. So between last night's 4 liters and today's 5, her swelling is down. When they pull this much fluid this rapidly they monitor her blood pressure to make sure it remains stable. If it drops they have to slow down or stop dialysis. Her pressure remained stable so she still has more fluid to give.
They're hoping to get her breathing on her own by Monday so they're going to continue to be aggressive about getting the fluid out and working her lungs. If she can't breathe on her own by then, they'll put the trachea tube in which would be a major setback to getting her off the ventilator, but will be more comfortable and allow her to get up and move about.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Posted by Mike at 11:47 AM