Monday, November 10, 2008

The Long Road To Recovery

Christy is in the ICU, and HEAVILY sedated.  Things look great and the doctors are NOT worried a bit.  Some clarification about the previous post, the new kidney doesn't perform well if it gets moved.  It is believed that that is due,  in large part, to its size; it's large, and Christy isn't.  The docs will keep her sedated to prevent her from moving, for at least 24 hours.  Once they're certain the kidney has settled in and anchored itself, they'll start to wake her up.  

I also found out that there never was any real concern for her lungs.  It appears that a pulmonologist had some input to today's procedure and didn't want to take ANY chances with 
Christy's lungs.  I reckon the surgeon translated to me what she thought was a concern.  No biggie.

Christy is also on contact isolation: clean hands, gloves, and smocks are mandatory before entering.  I gathered it's standard when dealing with a transplant patient in ICU.  When I first went in to the ICU, she heard my voice and tried to sit up (oh I felt the love).  The nurse was quick to get her to lay back down, though.  But then they insisted that I talk to her.  A little confusing.

Visiting hours, even for immediate family, is heavily restricted.  The last window to see her is from 8:30 to 10:00.  So, shortly, Casey and I will go see her one last time for the evening and then we'll turn in and call it a night.

Thanks to all of you who follow this blog, and to those who are praying for us.  Please keep praying.  As mentioned, Christy needs to stay still for the next 24 hours, and that kidney has to "settle in".



brad said...

I wish Christy a smooth and fast recovery. I am sure She wants to be
feeling Good for the Holidays.
Thank You for the up date Jason.

Christy and Her Mother have a lot of
folks thinking and praying for them.

It sounds like things are going well. glad to hear Her lungs are doing there job too...

Try and Rest, tomorrow is another New Day.


Rhonda said...
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Rhonda said...

Thanks for the update Jason. Kori and I are looking constantly at the blog for updates. We will keep praying this evening for Christy to be still, for Gail's speedy recovery and for you and Casey. We love you guys.
Rhonda and Kori

Alicia said...

Will definitely keep praying! Thank you for the update!

Vicki said...

Thanks Jason, for the update! We were praying and will continue to do so.

I just recently found Christy and she is already in my heart!
I work at a hospital and tomorrow, I will be in our ICU. Prayers and get some rest!
Take care of the two of you, she'll need you guys more once she is home!

Shea said...

I am praying for Christie and the entire family!

Jennifer said...

Settle in kidney! I'm glad to hear things sound positive so far.

Somer Love said...

Sending lots of positive thoughts and prayers her way!
Also for a speedy and smooth recovery and for a very STILL night!

Thanks for the updates!!

Rick said...

Thanks for the updates Jason. I didn't figure that Christy would be in any kid of shape to do any blogging - so pleased to read the reports.

I am still praying.

Heidi said...

Thinking of you Christy! Praying that kidney will be workin' like a charm!

Tina said...

I Christy has a speedy recovery and that new kidney kicks ass!
take it easy guys. we're thinking of you all and sending happy vibes!

Lisa J. said...

Thank you for keeping us in the new!