Beth appears stable this morning, all the numbers look good:
ICP: 14 (Pressure in brain, anything below 15 is good)
Heart rate: Around 117, Nurse said they’re not worried until it gets up around 130 and stays there.
Good News: Beth is breathing on her own. She initiates the breaths and of course since the vent tube is still in, the machine has to help. This is great news! As it’s the precursor to getting the vent tube out. They watch her carefully and make sure that the breath count is not too high as that would wear her out. Normal breath count is 12 to 20 and she is at 17 to 18 and has been since yesterday evening around 8:00 pm. Her oxygen count is good, so she’s doing a good job of breathing on her own.
Also, they took Bethany off of Fentanyl pain meds and put her on Oxycodone with only 5mg’s dosages which are much weaker. What’s neat is that she hasn’t had any doses since 8:00 PM yesterday (its 4:21am now) so that’s a long time go without pain meds. (The nurse just came in and said since she has another CATSCAN coming up she would go ahead and give her another 5mg’s before they take her down as it’s a bit aggravating and the pain meds would help to keep her more comfortable).
Prayer needs: In general, that she continues to improve, and her numbers say she is. Specifically, that she starts opening her eyes on command and responding to all the test. In the past days she would open her yes, raise her thumbs and generally do everything the nurse ask, except for wiggling her toes, that hasn’t happened yet. More recently she is not responding to the commands consistently and not opening her eyes as she’s done before.
My overall feeling is that Beth is doing well, she looks great today, even smells great! (Recent bath helped) We are concerned about her lack of continued response but when we ask her nurses and doctor they don’t seem overly concerned as most patience’s will have up and down days.
Family wise, we are doing well. Our faith in God is unwavering and we continue to believe in a complete recovery. We are not without some emotional dips but over all we are upbeat and praising God for his comfort and marvelous love towards us and Beth.
Our physical needs have been addressed by numerous, amazingly wonderful people. We are on a meal chain and have meals scheduled for most nights. Our neighbor’s two houses down have been just amazing! Meeting not only our physical needs, (stocking our refrigerator continually, bringing food to the hospital and having us over for dinner and making dinner and bringing it over! GOSH! They’re going to wear themselves out!)
One issue we are working on is putting together a schedule so that one of us is with Beth 24×7. This will be a real juggling act due to work, plus we have instituted a rule that we have dinner together at 7:00 to 8:00 which is the shift change for the ICU and they chase us out.
Those times during dinner are so important. It gives us a needed break, helps us to laugh, cry and pray together. We always look forward to them.
Thank you all for your continued prayers and support. God is so Good!
Putting up a couple of pictures to let you see the real Bethany and her Sisters. This was a wonderful time we had picking apples back in 2002.
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