Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Dad is still fighting the fight.  He has good days, and bad. 

On Saturday he was doing his PT and was getting very winded and light headed.  His nurses said he needed to go to the ER to get some help getting his blood pressure back up, so transport was called and he was brought in.  His first blood pressure reading was rediculously low, only 50/30 :( so they put him immediately on IV fluids and medication to squeeze his vessels to bring the pressure back up.  They did a chest X-ray to check for a blood clot or other abnormalities and tried to find a vein where they could take some blood to test.  After a few hours of watching the blood pressure rise and fall, and another med to bring the potassium level down, they found pneumonia on top of the existing MRSA.  His BP was finally up to 108/72, and he was transferred upstairs to the ICU, where he is still today.

I feel very fortunate to have nurse friends that help explain stuff to me.  A fellow hockey mom was a nurse on his floor right after his surgery, and now Morgan's solo teacher is a nurse in his ICU.  It's such a good feeling to have someone you know even just in the vicinity. 

He continues to be on medication to constrict the vessels and keep the BP up, but they have now lowered the dosage, which is good news.  His sugar level got a little wacky yesterday, so they started an insulin drip along with the constant IV fluids and pain management.  So right now we are in a holding pattern watching all sorts of levels, making sure nothing goes too high or too low.

I don't know the requirements for moving him out of ICU, so I'm not sure when that will happen.  Thankn goodness they allow him to have his laptop in there so he can still play Slotomania.  I'm sure he'd appreciate it if you sent him some coins if you play.

So that's the update for today.  I'm sure he'll never want to have PT again, since that's when the blood pressure went so low.  Hopefully he comes out of this slump soon and can get back to his workouts!

Thank you all for the thoughts, prayers, and comments.  Keep em coming!  Love to you all!



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