Thursday, October 05, 2006

Thursday, October 5

Margaret is continuing to improve in the ICU while being treated for ARF, Acute Respiratory Failure. Michelle is her nurse today and provided us with a detailed update. It is always a relief to feel as though someone is taking the time and care to provide us with as much information as possible.

Yesterday, Margaret was on only 50% oxygen. This is down from 100% this past weekend. Her potassium was elevated, and in treating that, she in turn had a restless night. In order to let her rest today, they increased her morphine dosages to once an hour from every two hours yesterday. Her oxygen was increased to 60% this morning, but is already back down to 55%.

The morphine is being used as a sedative more than a pain killer. Due to the fluid in her lungs, they cannot use the normal sedative. When Margaret wakes up past a certain, she gags on the tube and becomes agitated. Therefore, they are trying to keep her a little more sedated in order to rest and heal.

Her chest x-ray showed improvements today. They have increased her dosage of Lasix to help remove the excess fluid. They were pleased with the outcome today.

She did have fever overnight, but it was gone by noon today. Michelle reported that Margaret's white count is down, so they feel like they are fighting a good fight with the infection.

6 comments:

Debi Mori said...

Thank you for this blog so that we can check on our precious pastor and friend. Our prayers for continue for you Margaret and Tom. We love you both!

Beth Daniels said...

Good to hear there was better communication today. That's an answer to prayer! WIll keep praying for you both, Margaret and Tom. You are both so dear to all who know you.

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Michelle Calvert said...

Thank you for the updates. We are praying for you all.

Kathy Hightower said...

We are so pleased to hear the news of improvement. Margaret and Tom, as well as Marty and Tom, continue to be in our prayers.

Jerri Meier said...

This blog is wonderful! Keep up the great work, all of you. Sounds like Margaret is fighting strong in this ICU "wilderness", with the help of many many prayers, ours included. One day at a time....