Friday, August 29, 2008

The things they prepare you for & the ones they don't

So, when the Physician's Assistant was taking a history and telling me about the craniotomy, he said that one of the things that regularly happens is serious eye swelling.

Well, I went in to Pete's room (I'm writing this on Friday, but it relates to Thursday, I'm a day behind or so) in the morning and I swear he looks like he pinched a nurse on the behind and she bopped him one. His nurse denies this happened. Sure it didn't. Anyway, his sweet long eye lashes were barely showing his right eye was so swollen. Of all the things I've seen in this process, that's what made my heart hurt more than anything else, it looked like it hurt so badly. But I did know about it in advance so I was not as upset. But something to remember, is tell people stuff!

What I was not prepared for was Pete's foley bag. Emerald green urine? Or maybe like the swimming pool that needs to be shocked. Yowzers. Not to mention the sheer volume of it. They are giving him a mess of medications through the day, so I have to figure it was one of them.

He's been on Propofol which is a drug the nurse called "Milk of Amnesia" and it is used to keep him sedated and also has an amnesiac side-effect. It is white and seems to be a little of a miracle drug. Personally, I'd like for them to figure out how to make it in tablet form and retroactive to Monday, but they don't seem to be going there. He had been getting a really major dose, and chief resident for the floor has the nursing staff reducing the dosage. He's also getting extra sodium in hopes that will help reduce the swelling. And there are about 5 other bags hanging there.

At the end of the day, he picked up a little fever so the nurse called for a cooling blanket. They sent it up, but didn't include the hoses from the cooling unit to the blanket. If that's the only thing that goes wrong, I'm a lucky lady!

9 comments:

Bethany Nicks and Family said...

Kristy I am quite impressed you have the sense of humor you do through this, you seriously are amazing!! *HUGS* and thank you for keep us updated!!

Navasha said...

Keep up the good work man. You're my hero you know that? I think this all allows you one crazyyyyy trip to the scrapbook store. ;)

Linda said...

I'm so impressed how you are keeping it all together. Hugs, love and prayers still coming your way....

Rozzie said...

Kristy, I'm proud of you! Pete, Anna, and your entire family are lucky to have you. Your in my daily prayers.

Kitty said...

Hey Kristy, we're pulling for you guys. Keeping it funny keeps it sane. Much love!

Marsha Marsha Marsha said...

Kristy your attitude is amazing. Not that I am really surprised by that. I wish I could just hop in the car and drive down to give you a big hug. I hope it helps to know how much we are all thinking about you and praying for you both.

Sharlene said...

Kristy your strength and courage is amazing, not to mention your sense of humor.

Sending our love and prayers to you all.

Diana from Dallas said...

Hugs dude. I wish I was there to, well, I don't know what I could do.
prayers for you, Pete and Anna and swollen eyes

Tricia said...

Kristy, I hope your actual mood is a balanced and positive as your blog! You are just the strength Pete needs right now! Hope you all are doing well today!

I wish I were close enough to get you a warm yummy casserole and let Anna play with Ryan for a day!

Hugs & Prayers!