ICU Day 12

It’s been a quiet day and the night promises to be the same. It’s a waiting game right now with the surgeons. As usual, everyone is a slave to their schedule. I’m hoping they can do it soon so that Andre can be alert on July 3rd–our special day.The…

A "Normal" Day…..

Wow….I think I just had a “normal” day! Pinch me….am I dreaming? I met Ashley at 10:30 am at the car place, as I gave her my old station wagon, and it needed a new gas filter and a shot of freon for the AC, especially right now in this unforgivi…

Day–? Lost count – about week 7 post SCT

Hey folks, Thanks for all the message’s you’ve sent. I’ve put them all in the comments file from my last posting (day 36).Life just seems so busy , I don’t know how you all find time to go out and work for a living.Phil, what am I going to do with all …

ICU Day 11

When the pulmonary and critical care fellow came in Andre’s room this morning he declared, “Let’s give Andre a shot at extubation. Everybody deserves at least one chance.” He wanted to see if Andre can be spared the tracheostomy which was all but cer…

Just a Quick Update……

I did have some slight reactions to the transfusion of Friday, none of which were unmanageable. Later Friday nite I had some diarrhea and that was that. On Saturday I had more diarrhea and a slight headache, which went away with some ibuprofen. All in …

Happy Birthday

It’s a Happy Birthday they let Mark out of the hospital today. He is fully engrafted and whatever was causing the fevers is gone. He is still very weak and tired, but happy to be home.HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARKPlease leave your name on the comments so we know…

ICU Days 9 and 10

Saturday and Sunday for Andre has been relatively quiet except for short bursts of V-tachs and SVTs everytime he was agitated. The docs have held off on the Haldol since it can exacerbate his arrhythmia.He was able to breathe on his own for 35 min yes…

Update to hospital stay

Today the doctors came in to visit Mark. He wants to keep Mark one more day. So far there is no infection showing. His kidneys are being a little tricky, his body also may have been trying to rejecting the new stem cells. It is possible one or both have caused the fevers. Because he also has a low blood pressure which is normal for after transplant, they will watch him another day.
He has been pretty stubborn with the nurses and me about getting up. So they had to call in reinforcement, the physical therapist. They had to make him get up and walk.
The good news is he has engrafted, and his white cell has tripled in two days.
As of this afternoon he is filling much better and walking when he is suppose to.
Thank you everyone for the calls, prayers, thoughts and offers.
There is nothing anyone can do, even me. It is Mark’s body that has to do the work now. Shane and I have everything else under control.
So thanks again everyone.

ICU Day 8 – PM

Andre’s Versed sedation for tonight is 2x his usual dose. They need him to be more rested for tomorrow’s breathing trial. The respiratory tech again had to make adjustments to the ventilator settings because Andre’s blood CO2 level was increasing. H…

Blood Transfusion Day……

The alarm went off at 5:15 and I hit it twice. The plan was to go to bed early, which I did, as I turned the tv off around 11:30 pm and fell asleep shortly after. BUT THEN…..around 2:oo am I had to pee, so I woke up and made my way to the bathroom. …