4.12.2012

5pm - ICU

Becca was transferred to the ICU this afternoon. Her respiration rate was quite high, she had a high fever that wasn't responding to the Tylenol, her profusion was poor (circulation to extremities), her blood pressure was extremely low, and she was retracting (sucking air/flaring nostrils). We have been battling fluid seeping into her lungs, especially with the increase in her IV fluids, but Becca was really struggling with breathing this afternoon. She is still on oxygen and is being kept NPO (no food or drink) in the unlikely event that they need to use a ventilator over night. She is sleeping pretty peacefully, has gotten a unit of a nice 2012 Vintage O+ and is looking a great deal better. We are okay with the switch, so she can be monitored more one-on-one. The casualty of the move is that we were evicted from our room and floor. I am meeting with Family Services tomorrow to yet again start complaining. Here in the ICU we have several weeks worth of groceries, toys/bribes, and gear piled up in the corners. The bottom line is that they have not yet figured out a way to bill for two beds. The charge nurse at the time (Nurse Ratchet), I described in the moment as "tits on a boar." I am partly complaining about the eviction and circumstances surrounding it, but mostly is focused on setting the right expectations. We were fully prepared for a trip(s) to the ICU during this ordeal, we were not told that such observation would require an abrupt and complete removal of belongings. We have been jointly working on this posting over several hours. Most recently, Becca is looking better and stronger, and we are hopeful for a return to A5S tomorrow. EK

4 comments:

Momto3awesomekids said...

Praying that you all are able to return to A5S as soon as possible

Unknown said...

many prayers for strength and a good night and return to A5S...
Kami

Timmiera said...

Ethan,
You honesty and comedic relief is greatly appreciated. Glad she is looking better. Keep pushing for what you need! Hugs to all of you!
Timmiera

Ellen Mason said...

We can totally relate to your frustration regarding them kicking you out of your A5S room when you went to ICU. We went to ICU and they kicked us out and I packed up the entire room by myself and then they moved us back to A5S that very same day. It's total bull. Praying hard for you all right now. Are they going to continue with the chemo?