Sunday, May 01, 2011

Not too much to report

He is still in ICU.  They put him on a ventilator yesterday because he was pulling the mask off every time he felt unable to breathe properly. Then they sedated him because he was very anxious.  That helped immensely with his breathing and his heart rate.  By the time I left on Friday he had settled down and was breathing pretty good.  But on Friday night he started to get agitated again and they thought it would be best to put him on the ventilator.  I might be saying this all backwards...but as of today he is still on the vent but of course he started a low grade fever....fuck!   The prognosis is that he has Congestive Heart Failure. He has fluid built up around his lungs/heart making breathing very hard.

 I pretty much figured that out three weeks ago when he was in there, but they were too busy trying to cope with the blood infection he got after his stent replacement.  He had the same kind of breathing problems but they him some kind of drug ( I can't remember the name) to flush it out.  And that worked and his breathing became normal.  Now.... this time round... I don't know what is going on. 

Apparently the best thing is to keep him quite and not to get him going.  He has never really seen me there because he has been sleeping when I come and when I go.  I would rather see that than what I saw when I got there of Friday when he was trying to catch a breath.  It was disturbing.

I didn't go the facebook route with this ...this time ...because it was too serious and I didn't really want people that I barely know .. or are just friends of friends.. that are on my list to get involved.  I wanted to keep it low key with my best friends on blogger who I trust and feel comfortable with.

So thank you very much for all your kind words.  And to my friend Jude who has gone through this experience many times with her husband ... I keep the words you wrote when Fred was going through all of the same thing in my mind.  And Fred is still here....so I take comfort in that.

On another note:  It's freaking snowing!!!  We have a couple of inches that came down today.  Dog is very confused.  But of course this is just gives her a reason to piss on the deck.  Snow does not = lawn.  Snow wins.

Thanks again for listening to my woes.....

Que Sera, Sera,


Whatever will be, will be

The future's not ours, to see

Que Sera, Sera

What will be, will be.

Balonie.......and Doris Day!

10 comments:

Brenda said...

Still praying Miz Joan. I know it is so very hard to see a loved one in pain or distress. Hang in there.

Andrea (Off Her Cork) said...

I'm sorry you're going through this Joan. I've been down that road with my dad and it's not a fun time. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

Donna said...

Bless your heart...Praying here for him and the whole family. I know it's a hard thing to watch and not be able to do anything to help...
(((((HUG)))))

Sally said...

Praying here also, Joan. I too know how difficult it is; when Britt was on the ventilator. But, like Fred, she is still here. ((hugs))

judemiller1 said...

Hardest thing to watch, but like you said, better on the vent and drugged into sleep then watching them struggling to breathe. They probably have him on Lasix to get rid of the fluid and Prednisone (steriod) to get the lung inflammation down and...Joanie, it just takes time. It can do down really quickly, but it also can come back real quickly to recovery. I pray for that.

Captain Poolie said...

Holding you in my heart. Wishing for the best, and thanks for letting us know.

cocoabean said...

Hang in there... they know what they are doing. What will be, will be.

Grandma K said...

Prayers for you all.

Dawn said...

Thinking of you !! This kind of stuff scares me!

Donna said...

I will continue to keep him in my prayers. {{{{{hugs}}}}}