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Author:  Susie G
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Date:  4/16/2012 5:56:02 PM
Subject:  News on Rene' from Syl

This journey has been such a roller coaster ride. Ups and downs!! Today it all seems up!!

Rene was off the ventilator for 2 hours this morning and the goal is to repeat this afternoon. If she continues to do well they will repeat tomorrow and increase time. She will go to Interventional Radiology this afternoon to see if there has been any more accumulation of fluids around her lungs. If so it will be drained and that should also make it easier for her to breathe. ANSWERED PRAYER!!!!

She sat up on the side of the bed with feet dangling for 5 minutes!!!! She did very well but was exhausted when finished. I think her PT was a little surprised that she did so well for the first time. She has been flat on her back since March 22. PT says they will try to get her in a chair tomorrow. She is such a fighter..

She is tolerating the nourishment well, however (and here comes the mama part) she does need to poop. She has good bowel sounds but they need to move. Kidneys are still good.

Those of you who have medical backgrounds, please feel free to make any corrections in the following. This is the way I understand what's happening with the pancreas. The body has encapsulated it with a protective wall of water. That isolates the pancrease and prevents it from doing any further damage while it continues to heal itself. Seems that has been accomplished and the pancreas is improving although it is still inflammed.

The source of the fever is still a mystery. Cultures are still negative. The temp is being managed with the help of a cooling blanket, but if it is removed, her temp starts up immediately.

As the kids say today, it's all good!! She is cognizant enough to cop a little attitude with the nurses and to let me know when she wants something. She is also able to let me know when she is unhappy that she doesn't get it.

I'm running out of computer time so must close. Thank you again for your love and your prayers.

Our love to all,

Sylvia and Rene

 News on Rene' from Syl by Susie G at 4/16/2012 5:56:02 PM
 Re: News on Rene' from Syl by larry larry  at 4/16/2012 7:52:38 PM
 Re:From Sylvia  by Susie G at 4/18/2012 6:02:01 PM
 Re:From Sylvia  by April at 4/20/2012 12:00:54 AM