Saturday, 4 September 2010

Father's Day

Seems he may be the one giving us the present! That of his presence.

Yesterday he stirred for the first time, almost didn't believe it. The physio was seeing him for the first time and she was shaking his lungs to try and loosen the muck. It disturbed him enough for him to come to enough to move his head. She was asking him to take a big breath, and lo! He did.
His peeps are down to 14 (the gate posts moved though, we've been hanging out for 12 and the possibility of having the ventilator out, but now the numbers 6).
They're giving him 50% oxygen blend, and his blood oxygen levels are 92-95% which is good. He's full of fluid and his hands look like puff fish. His bedsores and dusky patches are growing, his stomach still isn't working and they're now delivering all his nutrition intravenously.

They've backed off giving him the Vitamin C, I have to wait till Monday to go in and battle that one out. Had a good nurse who asked about why we'd got it for him and she was receptive, which is better than others. I went to Gould's Naturopathica yesterday and bought Trev homeopathic drops that are supposed to help with the right lung expelling gunk and blood, which is the big thing he has to do, mostly on his own. We gave it to him and later on I looked at what it was. Arsenicum. Glad the nurses/doctors didn't see that!

The nurse said she thought he'd got to the turning point. We're all repeating, 'turning point' to each other and looking smug.

Then... last night I rung up to see how he was and was told they'd changed his sedation medication and that he was stirring and trying to open his eyes. We're off soon to see him and hope that's still the case. He's off the noradrenalin (which was supporting his blood pressure which had been getting extremely low), so hopefully peripheral circulation will improve and he'll have less issues with the bla bla skin. Still has a low grade temp, but nothing major. They're giving him special foot splints as he's starting to get 'foot drop', and he'll have a hard time walking when he's ready too due to muscle wastage.

So, even though he's not out of the 'woodwork' (as one nurse termed it) yet, it's more and more unlikely that it will go any other way other than up (with a few slips back to be expected).

We're all very tired, Caleb was almost completely silent yesterday, so even though it's fathers day today he can stay with friends and do something 'normal.' Today is the 9th day, feeling guardedly hopeful I'll get to say gidday!

12 comments:

Frogdancer said...

Glad he's feeling better.

Happy Fathers' Day.

johnR said...

WELL THATS FANTASTIC NEWS LINDA, GO TREV! RIGHT ON TIME FOR DADS DAY AND LETS ALL HOPE HE COMES ROUND A BIT MORE SOON.

STAY WITH HIM GUYS AND IT'S OBVIOUS THE ICU PEOPLE ARE DOING A FANTATSTIC JOB AND ITS A CRITICAL TIME FOR TREV TO SHOW SOME REAL IMPROVEMENT.

lOOK FORWARD TO SEEING HIM BACK HOME SOON.

MUCH LOVE FORM ALL OF US..

knutty knitter said...

High hopes for a vast improvement as an extra special fathers day gift for you and Caleb - I'm crossing my fingers for you all,

viv in nz

dixiebelle said...

Oh, thank goodness! Keep it going Trev, just one step forward each day... and there will probably be a bad day or two to come, but just get back on track and keep going, you've got some special people who need you! Linda & Caleb, I am sending you vibes of strength and faith and courage...

Anonymous said...

Great news Linda! So grateful that you keep us updated during this hard time. I hope Trev will be back home with you and Caleb very soon. I will continue to visit your blog to read about Trev's progress and will send more positive, healing thoughts your family's way. Keep strong and positive, it won't be long before this is behind you and you'll be back home living the good life.
From regular readers, Kylie and family.

Bev said...

Oh, Linda!! Omigod! I haven't logged in to you for a while and was aghast to read the news.

I'm sending as many positive vibes Trev's way as I can. And for you and Caleb as well. Hang in there. He's a tough guy, from the looks of him. He'll make it!!

Naomi said...

Many hugs and lots of healing thoughts being sent your way, for all of you. I don't comment much, but I've been following your journey for a few years now. Trev is a wonderful man, I hope he is back on his feet soon!And tell him to stop being lazy, there's wood to be chopped! oxox

Gavin said...

Sounds promising. Hope it is all downhill from here for Trev.

Gav

Ally said...

Wonderful to hear things are looking up! Sending lots of wishes for improved health, fingers crossed for a speedy recovery, and blessings to you all :-)

Crunchie's Mum said...

I'm very glad to read of Trev's improvement, lets hope he makes a full and speedy recovery. I'll be thinking of your all and sending good thoughts your way.Lynda

Jan Morrison said...

Oh Linda, I just visited your site after a long absence and was devastated to find out about Trevor's trials. I will definitely do tong len for him (Buddhist praying thingy)and for all of you too. I'm glad he's doing better and good luck with the vitamin C battle. I send you and all yours tonnes of love from Nova Scotia.

Susanna said...

Like others I have followed your journey for some time and just checked back in to the blog. Sending all my love, positive thoughts and prayers to Trev and your family. He's a tough one though!!! Hopefully this is a turning point and a full recovery from here on out!