Sorry to have taken so long to write. I don’t have internet at the new place until this weekend (thanks Chris for the aircard that is on the way). I hope I get all of this right…it’s been a long day.
I saw Katy twice this morning (6am and 8am). We had a good “talks.” She went in to surgery at noon, and was ready for us to see her at 3:00. As has ben the case, we got asome good news and some less than good news. In the beginning of this whole illness, we were getting a lot of bad news. Then we started getting a lot of bad, and some good. Now we are getting a little bad, and a lot of good.
First the bad news. After examining the wounds, they had to move the amputations on both arms to just above the elbows. Though it is not what we wanted, it had to happen. The infected tissue under the skin was dead, and the toxins were slowing her healing. Every time the doctors have removed dead tissue, her overall numbers get better.
Now for the GOOD! Katy’s blood gas tests are great. Her levels are so good that they could have taken her off the respirator today. They will put it on assist mode tomorrow, and if she does good for a day, they will remove the tube and she will breathing on her own! I hope the test come back indicating that she can be taken off the respirator. The renal doctors thnk she is doing well, and they are seeing her creatinine numbers come down (that’s good). A healthy person would be a 1, and Katy has been as high as 10. She is now in the 2’s! Also, she is doing well on the little bit of nutrition they are giving her. They are going to try and remove the IV nutrition and go “full bore” with the gastric feeding.
These are all good signs. For the next few days they are going to do the things listed above, and watch her vitals. After that, (Monday) they will look at her wounds, revise if needed, and then close the sites.
None of what is happening has been easy. These are not decisions that I think anyone should have to make for their spouse. As I have spent so much time in the ICU, I have met other families. Sadly, some of the people they are visiting don’t make it. Even more sad is the fact that some people in the burn ICU don’t get visitors. I started visiting Joe at the Kingwood ICU, and now I have visited with Cody, and with 2 others that I don’t know. This whole experience has taught me the true value of people treating each other humanely. Love each other. Love yourselves.
Love to you all,