Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Stable for now

Mom is on life support so she is stable.

She is kept sedated so that the ventilator can force air into her lungs. If she is conscious, she will fight this.

Throughout the day, her vital signs have been stable so the dr has been gradually reducing the sedation, the blood pressure med, and the amount of oxygen being pumped into her lungs. And mom is still stable. So far, so good.

The real danger now is her lungs. The vomit will cause serious infection. The gastric juice may cause damage. We will only know how bad it is when they take x-ray tomorrow morning. If it is too bad, she will not be able to breathe on her own. This means she will need the ventilator, and therefore cannot come off the sedation. We may never see her conscious again.

Hopefully, her lungs are not too badly affected and she will be able to breathe with the aid of normal oxygen mask. That would be the miracle to pray for.

Another problem is her stomach :( she is less able to digest and absorb her feed. That's why she vomitted last night. This could be due to her overall progressing weakness and plain old age.

The anaesthesist looking mom is a very senior, very highly skilled doctor: Datuk Dr Damodaran. He took care of her for all the surgeries so he is well aware of what mom can tolerate, and how delicate she is. He will reduce the sedation very, very gradually so that mom can adjust with minimal shock. He said to take it one day at a time.

So far, let's focus on what is positive : mom is stable, her vital signs are good, and she has incredible fighting spirit.

If you'd like to visit, you are most welcome to. However, they are very strict. Visiting hours are 12 - 2pm, and 6 - 8 pm. Only 2 visitors are allowed in to see her at one time, so please don't stay too long.

Remember, Mom is sedated - it looks like she is unconscious. She can hear you, but she will not 'wake up' and talk to you. However, I am sure she will know you are there, so just come and be with her for a while.

The ICU is on the first floor. Mom is in room 103.

Please keep praying fo her. She needs all the help she can get right now. Pray for her lungs to recover. Pray for God' grace and mercy. Thank you.

1 comment:

  1. Please say Hello to her on my behalf and says that I am constantly prayer for her.
    Lets hope that the X ray will be positive !