ICU Day 4

Today has been a difficult day for my husband. Andre had a V-tach episode at around 8:30 AM this morning. It took the docs about half-an-hour to get it under control with Versed being the one that worked. The Versed was supposed to be a pre-medicati…

Short Note on Today……

Unlike most of my posts, this one will be very short and very brief. Still feeling absolutely horrid and I’ve noticed the last few days as I am becoming weaker and weaker, my balance is in jeopardy so I started using a cane today to walk around as a pr…

ICU Day 3

I have no idea when the pulmonary doctors will take Andre off the ventilator. His arterial blood gas from this morning still showed elevated CO2 even though he is relaxed and fully sedated. The docs are thinking it might be due to having too much car…

ICU Day 2

Andre is still intubated. The pulmonary critical care docs decided that Andre’s breathing is still too labored to be off the ventilator. When they did the spontaneous breathing trial this morning, Andre was breathing great at the start (he was taking…

Andre’s gifts

Andre gave two gifts this morning.When I checked my cell phone at 8 AM, I noticed a missed call and a voice message time stamped 2:18 AM. The caller was Andre’s night-shift nurse, Ken, and his message was that Andre was adamantly asking for me. Ken’…

After Transplant #2

Mark has been a little sick with this transplant, but that is to be expected and nothing like the last one. His white blood cells have started to drop so he is going into the neutropenic stage. This means highly susceptible to bacterial infections.Star…

ICU Day 1 – PM

The pulmonary critical care (PCC) docs decided to keep Andre attached to the ventilator. Results of his several spontaneous breathing tests (they turn off the ventilator and have him on “sedation vacation” so Andre can be awake) show that he’s doing great in terms of his respiratory rate and his blood gases. But because of the pain and discomfort, Andre then gets highly agitated and his blood pressure shoots up. The docs would rather take out his breathing tube tomorrow morning when they’ll have the whole day to monitor him instead of doing it tonight. They think it’s also helpful for Andre’s chest muscles to relax for another night by having the machine assist with his breathing. They think this will help synchronize his left- and right-hand sides when he breathes.



Earlier today, the PCC docs called an anesthesiologist for a consult. They wanted to know if Andre can have an epidural. The anesthesiologist said that an epidural would be risky because of Andre’s low platelet and white blood cell counts, so the pain meds will just have to stay systemic as is the case now (via I.V. or through Andre’s central line). He also said that the pain management will have to be done by the PCC docs. He recommended to the PCC docs to use Dilaudid on a PCA (delivery of the pain med is controlled by the patient with a push of a button) but since Andre is not conscious enough, this might be tricky. We’ll see how they’ll do this tomorrow.



It’s a little past 8 PM and I’m still here in Andre’s room because I wanted to check with the surgeons when they go on their last round of the day (they’re supposed to do one in the morning and one at the end of the day). But guess what? One of the PCC docs just informed me that if the surgeons haven’t come by yet, they are likely gone for the day. His advice: go home and come in early to catch the surgeons’ when they do their morning rounds.

<<< RELAPSED >>> :(

As you’ve been reading in my last several entries, I’ve continued to report the continual UTI’s and extreme exhaustion I’ve been having. I know I sound like a broken record. I had an appt with Dr. Nair yesterday and and we discussed the results of my l…

ICU Day 1 – AM

First off, I want to apologize for not responding to those who had left me messages. It’s been a crazy 24-hr.Andre still has his breathing tube and chest tubes. He is sleeping right now.He was semi-awake when I came in this morning. He wanted to com…

Day 36

I went for a bike ride last night. I must have cycled, well roughly, I think, about a mile. I ended up in almost the lowest gear. Before I set off I had a route planned of about 4 miles of gentle scenic cycling on the flat mostly. I had to turn back no…