Thursday, August 9, 2012
Slowing Down Just a Bit
Connie is not quite ready to go as fast as some might like. We have about an hour or so to go until they turn off Dex completely. He has had some issues with suddenly waking up upset so the nurse just gave him a PRN dose of morphine. The doctor came in and said his lungs are a bit collapsed, especially on the left side. We really need to get him sitting up some today and coughing, blowing bubbles, and beating on his back to get him to open up those lungs. The nurse said it is likely that his chest tubes are what are causing so much discomfort so the more he sits up and moves some, the faster they will finish draining and be able to come out (though not today, for sure). All this is okay, though, because as we learned once before, it's all in God's timing anyway. There isn't even a bed on the regular floor available to him right now, so staying put in the ICU seems like a fine plan!
Posted by Erin Beckemeier at 9:12 AM