Sunday, September 30, 2007
9/30 Afternoon Update
Last night went really well, Courtney watched over me the whole time. I didn't have any seizures, maintained a healthy blood pressure and slept soundly (ditto that for Court). Things were calm up until this morning when she had a bout of nausea and later ran a heart rate around 130 this afternoon. Court has remained relatively drug-free lately, but when she appears to be in pain the nurses use either of two medications: Ativan, an anti-anxiety drug or Fentanyl, a strong narcotic pain reliever.
We're not sure yet when or where Court will be moved in the coming days, she is still scheduled for the cardiac catheter tomorrow and defibrillator implant on Tuesday. Unfortunately, when she is moved upstairs she won't receive the same level attention as the ICU because the patient-to-nurse ratio will be closer to 6:1 than 1:1. As hard as that is to take, Courtney has made so many strides already there's no reason to think she'll stop when she has more time to herself.
God bless her, she sneezed a few times this morning. Courtney's also been stretching her legs and arms vigorously, she has gained a lot of strength. When holding my hand she grips harder and will bring me near her face or neck area. I wish I could take the trache collar off, but the only consolation we have is that she'll be able to move to a smaller tube soon and may eventually have a speaking valve that allows her to talk (if she can). One day I want to have some direct quotes to use here, quotes or a hug, I'll settle for hug from her.
We Love you Courtney and we can't wait to have you back safe and sound.