This morning around 3:00 AM they removed the “wing nut” (Brain pressure monitor) from the left side of Beth’s skull. What that means is they are confident that the brain swelling is continuing to diminish. It also heralds the beginning of the process to remove all of the tubes that she currently has in her face: Vent for breathing, tube for feeding, and temperature monitor.
She is resting easy this morning: All numbers look great and she is responding better than yesterday. When commanded she shows two fingers which have always been tough for Beth. Thumbs, no problem, although the last two days even those didn’t happen.
Her temp is down but not normal yet, it’s around 37.8 C (100.4 F) which is unassisted other than using the Tylenol. Yesterday they had to use a cooling blanket that they warped around her core and her thighs. It’s connected to a cooling unit that pumps cold water through it. Of course that made her shiver, so they also put on a “bear cover” which looks like a float you use on the water. It has chambers in which they pump warm air through and that keeps her from shivering, along with a shot of Demerol.
Prayer Needs: That her temp continues to fall. Also, in looking at her culture test they think they found something that might be the reason he temp is so high, so they are retesting. Please really pray about that.
Urgent Need Update: The issue with Cassandra’s apartment has been resolved. Some wonderful folks in Pocatello are going to pack everything up and store it in their garage until we can it brought over to Boise and then to Spokane. (Or something like that, not sure at the moment what to do)
Thank you all again, for all the prayers, emails, phone calls, meals, visits…everything; it means so much and has helped….I can’t even begin to tell you.
In regards to the PayPal donate button, I tried to get that put on the blog but was not successful. (Sorry Savannah)
WOH!!!!!!!!!! Bethany just opened her eyes as I was typing this and the nurse Shana came in and walked her through her test. Two strong fingers were raised on command on her right side, and a good effort was made on her left side. She tried to lift her right and left knees and you could see Beth make a considered effort but wasn’t able to move it much.
Then it was my turn and I told her the usual: You’re in the hospital, you’ve been in a bike accident and you had a bump on your head…..and I can’t remember the rest because right now she is holding my hand and I am typing one handed! Later!
Sorry for the quick exit but I wanted to get this post as soon as possible but with Beth holding my left hand it was a challenge. She is much more awake today and her eyes are staying open for a longer time but it’s hard to tell if she’s wide a wake or just day dreaming. But I held onto her hand until she finally closed her eyes.
Thanks again for everything, and God is GREAT!
This is a picture of Bethany on the way home from eating breakfast at Perry Street Cafe with her Grandpa and us and she spotted this cool place underneath two large pine trees. She said it reminded her of her fort back in Pocatello. The other one is with her Grandpa in the downtown Spokane park..can you say attitude?