Just saw the Cardiologist. The echocardiogram looks the same as it did yesterday, so good news, it's not getting any worse. They also confirmed the fluid in the abdomen is not blood. Her vitals are still excellent and her breathing has improved enough that they're lowering the settings of the ventilator. I think the best news is that she's not getting any worse, and may be doing just a little bit better so things are hopefully going in the right direction.
They just finished an echocardiogram, which is like an ultrasound to look at the heart. They did one yesterday and they want to compare day to day to see if the fluid around her heart is getting any worse. Her heart is still pumping well and her vitals are still excellent. If the fluid does start to impede the hearts function, they have some procedures they can do to remove the fluid. They did find some bacteria in her blood and urine that they're now treating with antibiotics. For the most part Dawn is resting peacefully sedated. When they move her you can see some facial expressions of pain and she'll open her eyes a bit. That's about the extent of any interaction or movement we've seen in the last two days.
Video of Dawn's heart
She just got back from a CT Scan of her abdomen.
Dawn en-route to CT scan. It takes three people to move her with all the pumps and ventilator.
Dawn is still stable. Her vitals are excellent. Her lungs are slightly better but other than that no change overnight. They're probably going to do a type of dialysis at some point to try and remove some of the fluid from her body, plus her kidneys aren't functioning. They suspect she may have some bleeding in the abdomen because her stomach was very tight and her hemoglobin levels dropped overnight. They might pull some fluid to see what it is. Her condition is described as "critical", she has some major body systems that aren't working properly.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008