Tuesday, October 28, 2008

It's a Slow Process

Blair is about the same today. Last night when we were there, she had her eyes open for a long time -- probably the longest that I've seen them open. I talked to her, and she just looked at me. I just imagined her thinking, "Hey, I know you!"
The doctor said that the cultures they did yesterday did show some signs of a new infection, so it was good that they had started her on antibiotics already. The count that alerted them of a possible infection came down slightly today, which he said was good. They will test the cultures to make sure that the antibiotics she is on will take care of the infection.
He said he is looking for more clinical advances rather than x-ray changes at this point: breathing slower / less labored, control of this secondary infection, and reduced pressure an oxygen levels on the ventilator. They have reduced the pressures a good bit in the last two days, so we'll see if she can stay there or can tolerate being weaned some more.
They increased her sedative a little today to help her rest a little bit better. Her reactions to being bothered are appropriate, but we don't want her to get mad too often, because that doesn't help progress! He reiterates that this is a slow process. After such a bad infection, Blair's lungs will have to work to repair themselves for quite some time even after her time in the hospital.

3 comments:

Eunice Andrews said...

Ashlee- I have been reading your blog and praying for Blair and all those involved with her care. You know that we are right up the block if you need anything. I believe I teach Dr. Rodriquez's son in my computer application class. I know that Gabe's father is a doctor - I will have to ask if he works with the little ones. Be brave and don't hesitate to ask for help. There are many who care and want to help in any way that they can.

Eunice Andrews

VeVie said...

Ashlee,

I am not sure if you remember me - probably not since I was one of many family members from Brad's side of the family at your wedding. However, last night Carole Noble told me about the birth of your baby girl and she send me your blog to read this morning. Therefore, I have spent this morning reading about Blair. It sounds like she is improving and I know with your positive attitude and continued prayers she will continue to improve. Liek you have said we just need to follow her lead and know that God's healing hand in on her. If you have an opportunity please send me your address because I would love to send you all a note. Please keep in mind that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

God Blss,
VeVie Noble Hall

Ashlee said...

Thank you Mrs. Eunice. I do believe that your student is the son of Blair's doctor.

VeVie, Thank you for your prayers. Please send me your email address, and I will send you our address -- ashleemwood@gmail.com.