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Slight update on the mother situation:

I'm not going to go into depth, as I am getting sick of repeating myself 23847932478329 times to people at this point. So much information has been given to us by doctors and specialists and such that it's hard to keep things straight.

Just know that the meeting with the army of doctors went well. While not spectacularly well and a recovery isn't a guarantee, things have improved slightly or stayed the same, instead of the steady downward spiral it had become. Tracheostomy is still a very real possibility, but not nearly as much as a horrid situation that it had been.

What it boils down to at this point is, I guess, that short of a stroke, heart attack, or infection (which is her biggest risk at this point), death is not COMPLETELY imminent.

Mom is still heavily sedated but has been taken off the paralytic. Heart rate is stable, blood pressure is stable. Kidneys are producing urine. She's finally taking tube feeding, though she's still being a bit stubborn about it.

They removed about 16 liters of water via dialysis, which has helped greatly with most of her organ functions. Her lungs are still being tricky, which is where the trach may have to be implemented in a few days.

The doctors say that if things continue to improve at this rate (though it's a very slow and painstaking rate) they may be able to slowly cut down on the sedatives she's on and try to wake her up.

I feel like there's buckets more of information that was given to me, though I am totally drawing a blank at this point.

I was so thankful to finally be able to call her family in Iowa with good(ish) news.

Thank you all for your continued prayers and good thoughts. It truly means so much.



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Mar. 19th, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)
Mar. 19th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
Glad to hear she's doing better. Dialysis isn't necessarily fun, but a patient can live a relatively normal life on it.
Mar. 19th, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
Mar. 19th, 2009 05:03 am (UTC)
Mar. 19th, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
I wish your Mom, your family, and you the best. I hope things go well. *hugs*
Mar. 19th, 2009 11:38 am (UTC)
Mar. 19th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
I am sorry that your mom is having such trouble. I hope everything gets better for you and her. *hugs*
Mar. 19th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
Jul. 19th, 2010 08:47 am (UTC)
go get your own place dude!!
My dad lives literally two houses down from the tracks in a small town in Iowa, and I remember dealing with that very thing whenever I would visit. He's lived there over twenty years now. Not that that fact is important to my statement. I have been looking for a nice place to live and came across Town Home (http://www.provorealestate.com)
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