10/10/2013, 10:00 pm
I probably shouldn’t write in this blog while frustrated (see last post), especially when the blog subtitle specifically mentions “staying positive and finding humor in all that life brings.” I do feel quite certain that he will eventually recover, which is the most important thing. About 50 times over the past 2 days I’ve needed to take a deep breath and remind myself of that. I was, however, hoping to be out of the hospital altogether by now, instead of looking at days more in the ICU, followed by a few days on the 5th floor, before our release into the wild. And, truth be told, I’m still a little nervous that one of these small setbacks will turn into something big. I have a feeling it’s impossible to be worried about something for 5 months and then suddenly turn it off, even if things are looking up.
His latest fever (earlier this morning) was controlled relatively quickly again. They’re running several tests to determine if he actually has an infection somewhere in his body. All tests so far have been negative, which is great. There are a few other things going on with his intestines, but currently the biggest obstacle remains his overall swelling/edema. They won’t remove the breathing tube until his swelling goes down, and as of yesterday, they estimated he has about 1 liter (1000 cc) of excess fluid that needs to lose before that can safely be done. He lost 120 cc yesterday and is doing about the same today, which means that in roughly 6 more days (with no other setbacks), he should be just about ready to get out of here. Perhaps he’ll start peeing a bit more and shorten that timeline.
One positive from today was that they pulled out the wires for the external pacemaker. Although Oliver had been unplugged from it for a couple days, they left the wires inside his body just in case he reverted to a junctional rhythm and needed to be “paced.” I guess this means they believe his heart to be healed. Amen!
The picture below (Dan, Joe, and I at Red Rocks) illustrates how I will feel the day we get out of here.