Saturday, October 4, 2008

Rough Day




The day started good. Lindsay's swelling had gone down quite a bit and her color looked wonderful. And then at around 4pm, Lindsay started showing signs of distress. She was trying overly hard to breathe over her vent and really struggling, it looked like, to wake up. Of course we can't have her do that because her chest is still open. She started to calm down a bit when we left at 7 and then we returned at 8:30 and the nurse now on duty said that at about 7:15, her head was eggplant in color and her oxygen saturation were down to 20!! Thank you GOD that we weren't around to see that! We have seen it once already and that was one too many times. They tried all day it to get her comfortable with pain meds but because she has built up such a tolerance for them already, they finally had to give her a paralytic. Yes, to paralyze her so that she can rest and restart her healing process. The other things that I'm sure the docs will discuss on rounds tomorrow is if it is a factor of her leaky tricuspid valve. hmmmm. We will find out more tomorrow on that but for now she is finally sleeping well and not struggling which is comforting yet scary at the same time. Please pray that JR and I don't get a phone call in the middle of the night tonight and that she continues to pee well and starts to let her body heal. She wants to get going and her body is telling her that she can't and apparently she didn't handle that very well. She certainly was stubborn today. Who might she get that from?? :-)
On a happier note, we left this afternoon for a little while and tailgated for lunch with my dad, Dan, his friend Will, Ken Zachary, Brett and Kelsey....on and on. Anyway, that was fun a little distraction was good for us for a little while anyway. While we were there, Uncle Dan bought Cole a ticket for the game. So, Cole got to go to his first U of M game today. He was so excited and he had a great time. Dad and Dan said that he was great and afterwards when they were grilling steaks, Cole wanted to reenact the game. Of course he was Michigan and Papa was Illinois. Cole pretended that he fumbled the ball. I can just picture it in my head. How cute!!
As for Cruz, he is miserable with Mono! Poor little guy just can't get comfortable and just feels crummy. Man do we miss him!! I just want to cuddle with him to make things better. He is in good hands however and Mom and Bill have been great caregivers for him.
Off to bed and praying for a better tomorrow~
Love, Suzie

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

PRAYING, PRAYING...

We love you, Elaine

Patti VanHuizen said...

Oh Suzie, I am praying SO much for you guys. I am working on Lindsay's pictures now and it brings tears to my eyes to see how happy she was just a couple weeks ago and now she is hooked up to all those machines and on drugs to paralize her...poor baby. I know she needs to go through this and in the end it will all be okay. I will let you know as soon as those pics go up and hopefully they will help you get through this tough time.

Love,
Patti

Katie said...

Poor Lindsay. Sorry for the rough day and little scare. I'm sure you're on pins and needles...praying for you all!
Love,
Katie

Anonymous said...

She is a fighter and her strong will is going to do her well in life. I can't believe how much you guys have had to endure. You are all very strong! Can't wait to hear good news. Thanks for keeping everyone posted during these stressful times.
Cheryl, Craig, Clayton and Grace

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear that Lindsay had such a hard day. I will keep all of you in my prayers. Love Aunt Retta and Uncle Wade.

The Butcher Family said...

She is the most beautiful marshmallow I've ever seen!

Praying...

Heart hugs~ Rebecca

Anonymous said...

I hope she's doing better today. I agree she's still a cutie despite all the lines and cords.

Love,
Amanda

Anonymous said...

Praying that Lindsay had a much better day today...

aimee