Friday, April 27, 2007

Finally figured out my password... I finally worked out how to post from a kiosk (in the hospital)

Thank you all for your kind wishes re Don's health. Unfortunately he seems to be getting worse daily. He has been in Intensive Care now for almost two weeks on and off a ventillator. Everyt time they take him off, he seems to go through a process where he can't eliminate Carbon Dioxide and he quickly goes back into Respitory Arrest...so now the ventillator is in full time till they can figure out why. Also his lungs just keep filling up with fluid which is constantly being drained and he has a tube draining off from each lung.

I am very afraid for him and I know he is suffering dreadfully, but because of the ventillator tube, and his sedation which seems to be a bit too much it is hard to communicate with him apart from him nodding or shaking his head.

Melissa (eldest) was really shattered the other day when he accidentally bit through a little blue tube which goes down alongside the breathing one to hold it in place ...I think with a little balloon...a luttle gush of air came out and he looked straight at her, and we heard his voice for the first time in a while and he just whispered "Help me." Poor bugger. Then they descended en masse with trollies and doctors etc as he was unable to breathe effectively...

Hi will only survive if there is a miracle. I am hoping for one, but accepting slowly that it all may be too much for him.

I can't even touch his face with my fingers because he now has MRSA (GMulti resistant Staph where an arterial line was taken out...we have to glove up and put stupid aprons of plastic on...its a joke...the Staph is right throughout the hospital and has been since the 1980's when he fist caught it.

Hopefully today will bring some good news

17 comments:

jin said...

Holding you very close in my thoughts mc.
xo

Edy said...

oh sweetheart, I pray for all of you.

cs said...

Thank you for keeping us posted. I am so sorry you are going through this nightmare and pray you all come home very shortly and all in good health! No more of this I say...simply no more. Blessings and lots of get well prayers!

Sara said...

Thank you for the update, although I wish it were a cheerier one. Still sending good thoughts your way.

Cazzie!!! said...

I have been thinking of you both more than daily. I have no words that would be of any use to you, even though I myself have nursed such patients over the years.
If I was there, I would hugg you and reasure you I was doing everything I could as his nurse. I would be the ear you could talk to anytime I was there.
Huggs to you and yours. Keep on talking to him, you know he may well hear every singlw word you are saying at some point or another.
Read him your poems :)

Jacqui said...

Send Don our best wishes and hoping he isn't in too much pain. Thanks for keeping us updated in this heavy time in your lives.

rosemary said...

I am so sorry all of you have to go through this....I won't say much becuase I know too much...but the sedation keeps him from fighting the ventilator and keeps his respirations from being "work."
Just love him to pieces and kiss him if you can. The gloves and aprons are to keep him from getting anything else infective that might weaken him even more...it is for his protection. And yes, MRSA is hospital borne. Be sure every single person that comes through the door washes their hands after taking off the protective gear. It is OK to be bitch woman...he is your love.

Mirk said...

Mackays are made of strong stuff you know! Fingers crossed here.

I thought it was just our filthy hospitals that had MSRA.

Sling said...

Thank you for the update MC.
I have stood this vigil more than once.
I'm keeping you all in my prayers.

paddy said...

Cheers! Y:-) Paddy

Cazzie!!! said...

Still here, still have you in my thoughts, even when I awoke during the night, I was thinking of you and Don and the girls.

Mark said...

Blew in from Cazzie's. praying for a miracle for you all.

poody said...

I will keep y'all in my thoughts and prayers. God will never give you more than you can handle this much I know.

jillie said...

Sending well wishes and prayers from California!

jin said...

Thinking of you again today....
*cyber hugs*

Dan said...

You're all in my thoughts and prayers. Sending lots of love from NJ.

Eternally Curious said...

I have been, and will be, holding you, Don and everyone in my thoughts and prayers. I so wish there was more I could do. I know I'm not alone in feeling this way.