Dec 03, 2009 - 6:29 am
I just read your posts. How sweet of you all to be thinking of me! Sorry I haven't kept in touch the last fews days. Been spending morning, noon and night at the hospital with Roy and I don't have a laptop....
Well, the other day we were given some bad news: Roy was in a self-induced coma, his kidneys were failing, he was on total life support (100% oxygen) and possible stroke with brain damage. The docs paralyzed him as a last ditch effort, sink or swim, next day or two will tell. He was stable yesterday and today. They started him on kidney dialysis last night.
Well, this afternoon Dr. Luketich met with us and gave us some hope! He said his lungs are in real bad shape, if he gets any worse at all, they won't be able to do much for him and he probably will not survive. But.....if they can slowly get better while he is in this drug-induced coma, they will try to wean him slowly (over the next two weeks) off his sedation and see if he is able to breathe on his own again. His oxygen support level is now at 95% so we are on the hill climbing down, they want him at about 45-50%. He also said they can control his kidneys with the dialysis (it will only be temporary), and he doesn't believe he ever had a stroke or brain damage. An MRI will confirm this, when Roy is able to withstand the test. Baby steps, we'll take that!
He certainly is a fighter! We're not giving up! Thank you, everyone, for your concern for me and my husband. It is so very much appreciated, my dear friends!
P.S. Just checked with the nurse this morning. She said he had a real good night (This is the first time since his surgery that they said he had a good night, ususally it's just an "ok" night)! His oxygen support level is now at 90%. Way to go, Roy! Hang in there! We have lots of people praying for you (and I feel it's the prayers that are keeping him alive right now)! So far, good news day! I have my BIG GIRL PANTIES on the right side today...maybe they will get wet...but only because it's raining out today.