Here is a link to a news story that aired on channel 2.
Today was an “exciting” day for all the wrong reasons. The day started with me walking in to the 8am visit to discover Katy wearing a breathing mask again. At some point in the early morning, Katy’s breathing deteriorated. Her fever went up, and she was moving in a way that I know to be how she deals with discomfort. The doctors ordered a CT scan of her upper torso and abdomen. The result of the CT scan of the lungs was that she had a collapsed lung due to pleural effusion. She had fluid in between her right lung and her long wall (if I understand it correctly). The result of the lower CT was that she has clots in the arteries of both thighs. They will put in filters to catch the clots so that they don’t break free and move to the lungs. For the fluid, the first thing was to identify what it was. They called Interventional Radiology to insert a tube into Katy’s ribcage and into the area with the fluid. The possibilities were blood, protein, or puss. Each one carried a different set of causes and effects. In this case it was blood. The blood appears not to be fresh, which indicates that she is probably not still bleeding.
The results of the cultures will take a day or two, and we are not sure if the blood was the cause of her breathing problems. One possibility is simply that she is worn out. The doctor compared it to treading water for several days…eventually you would tire. Katy was resting well when I left her, but I hope that we are able to find more answers over the next day or two. I’m not sure what this setback does to the timeline for her returning to the OR to close wounds, but I will blog that info as I find out.
The second biggest challenge of the day was trying to get the PT and PSych staff to understand why I am insisting on qualifying all people who come in contact with Katy. Basically, I told the therapist that if Katy become lucid during therapy, and asked about her arms/legs, would she be qualified to handle that situation? That being said, Jen and Karen are both very nice, and I’m sure very qualified. I feel certain that they will both do a great job in Katy’s rehab. I also spent some of the day explaining my stance to the social worker and case manager. I think we have all come to an underatnding. The staff at Parkland has been great. They are very good at what they do, and I am glad that Katy is here. I still plan on being a huge pain in the butt to all new people dealing with Katy. As I explained today, all medical staff carries the baggage of all the bad experiences Katy and I have had with doctors prior to meeting this group. Once I meet (and feel comfortable with) them, then I am much more comfortable.
I had planned on writing a much longer blog, that included some stories, but I am exhausted. Today has drained me, and I need to rest for tomorrow. I will write more soon.
Love to all,