Two stuffed Percy cats (thanks, Laurie and Cheryl) and a Lilly panther (thanks, Hopsy and Emily) stand guard over Vivian. Notice Vivian's cute Fourth of July socks that her nurse Lauren brought her
Happy Independence Day!
We are thankful for the lack of fireworks in Vivian's room today. She had a nice quiet day of good steady progress.
Dr. Matson was back today, and Robert and I met with him again to look at Vivian's x-rays and lab results. Vivian showed improvement in almost every area. Her chest x-ray looked better, though there is still fluid on both lungs (more on the right side than the left). Vivian's bicarbonate level remains elevated, which can interfere with breathing, so Dr. Matson wants to wait another day or two before taking Vivian off the ventilator. Dr. Fanning, the doctor in charge tomorrow, will look at Vivian's latest chest x-ray and bicarbonate level in the morning and make the decision of whether to extubate her or not. Vivian's broken arm that had surgery (remember that?) seems to be healing nicely. Vivian's potassium levels were low, so she received a supplement in her feeding tube. As far as I can recall (which isn't far these days), all of Vivian's other levels were adequate.
Robert and I enjoyed cooking out tonight with some neighbors. After dinner I returned to the hospital so that I could meet Lauren, the sweet nurse who has been braiding Vivian's hair. Lauren also brought Vivian some patriotic socks for the Fourth of July that Vivian was wearing when we arrived at the hospital today, and I wanted to thank Lauren in person. We have been blessed with extraordinary nurses, doctors and respiratory therapists who have gone above and beyond to give Vivian the best possible care, and we are unspeakably grateful to them.
Please pray that Vivian is ready to breathe on her own before she is extubated and that there is no need to intubate her again. Pray for a peaceful transition as Vivian begins to wake up. Pray for peace for Robert and me as we seek to determine Vivian's mental status after her high fever and extended period of sedation. Vivian will have an EEG to check on her brain activity a couple of days after she is extubated, and I am trying not to be anxious about what it will show. My most fervent prayer is that the sweet and funny little Vivian we know and love will be returned to us.
Thank you again for your love and compassion and most of all for your faithful prayers for Vivian.
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13
Needlepointing on my long-neglected Christmas stocking
Vivian's wonderful day nurse Christina. Christina has cared for Vivian four of the ten days she's been in ICU. We love her!
Vivian's respiratory therapist Shari supervising Vivian's shaking session, where material in her lungs is loosened for suctioning. Shari looked after Vivian's respiration on the first scary day we were here and has been back several days since. We are always happy to see her
Vivian with her sweet night nurse Lauren, the loving and talented braider of hair
Lots of machines helping our sweet Vivian get well again
Married for 25 years to Robert, three kids: Will (21), Vivian (18) and Dots (15) ~~~~
Majored in mathematics at SMU, taught elementary school for six years before Will was born ~~~~
Things I enjoy: playing duplicate bridge, working NY Times crossword puzzles, reading good books, entertaining, visiting with friends, planning trips, TRAVELING, playing board games, spending time with family, cooking, corresponding with old friends
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