Katy’s temperature spiked last night, and again this morning. For the first time since last week, Katy had a temp as high as 104. As I wrote yesterday, they intubated her last night due to her labored breathing. The cause of the difficulty is partly due to the congestion in her lungs, and also due to her heart overworking. In a previous blog, I wrote about Katy having a heart of function of 30, normal being 60. Her level rose as high as 42, but in the last 2 scans lowered to 22, and then 12. The doctor explained to me the difference between two types of heart failure. To clarify, “failure” is a term used any time an organ is not functioning within parameters. I know that when I first heard the term, I thought it meant complete failure, but that is not the case. Still, it isn’t a good thing. One type of heart failure allows for the use of beta blockers to help lower the strain on the heart. The other type of failure, does better to allow the strain on the heart, without beta blockers, simply because the heart needs to get blood to all of the body. I believe, if I understand it correctly, that is a systolic failure. I’m still learning the cardiac side of things.
I signed consent for the trachiostomy, today. They will put it in tomorrow morning. I hope that this will help ease some of the burden that Katy is dealing with physically. They took blood and urine cultures to see if anything is able to be detected. As much as I don’t want Katy to have an infection, I do wish that we could find out what is causing all of these setbacks.
I am becoming aware of how much of an emotional toll this is taking on me. I am taking some time today to try and recharge my batteries. While Katy is stable, I am taking the time to enjoy a wonderful meal from one of the nice ladies from the mother’s group, and take some down time at the apartment. Tomorrow will come quick, and I need to be up to par.
Until we see what tomorrow brings, please keep Katy in your thoughts and prayers.
Love to all,