Wednesday, January 28, 2015

homeward bound

Jerry was released we are just now leaving San Francisco, can't wait to get home.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Out of ICU

Jerry was finally released from the ICU this evening and moved to the step down unit on the 14th floor. Lets just say we had it made in the ICU with the one to one patient to nurse ratio. The quality of care is no Bueno on the 14th floor. I can't wait to go home, if all goes well Jerry may be discharged Tuesday. Jerry is doing so much better, the next hurdle is getting back on regular food and have the feeding tube pulled. Almost home.

Katie

Friday, January 23, 2015

Getting Closer

I'm beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, there's a good chance we could be home by Monday. Jerry is doing significantly better, his secretions have been far more manageable, he's been weaned off the IV blood pressure medication and his temperature is no longer spiking in the 103 range. However he is still having fevers in the 100 range but I believe that won't be a factor for getting out of the ICU. The team is working on releasing Jerry from ICU hopefully by tomorrow, Jerry will likely be here an additional two days after getting out of the ICU, it can't come soon enough for me, I don't know if I can last much longer, sleeping in Jerry's wheelchair. The last two weeks is beginning to take it's toll on my back and hips, I long for the comfort of my own bed. I can't wait to get home and return to a normal routine, it's getting closer.

Katie

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Two Steps Forward One Step Back

Two days ago Jerry had a really good day, I felt the worst was behind us and he had finally gotten over the hump. Yesterday he took a step back, he had been cleared for eating puree however his secretions were so bad food was put on hold. Jerry struggled all morning to clear his airway of the secretions, he seemed to clear up a little in the afternoon and then began to struggle again. The team of doctors stood outside his room and discussed the game plan. I over heard one of the doctors say lets give him awhile longer to work it out but we need to be prepared to intubate, maybe we should have the airway cart here just in case. My heart sank, I feared that re-intubating meant there was a good chance he would be trached soon after, that was his experience two years ago and it took him ten weeks to get off the ventilator. Jerry has respiratory treatments around the clock, one of the treatments is wearing a vest that fills up with air and does a sort of pounding vibration on his torso to help loosen the secretions. I think these treatments are begging to pay off, today Jerry's secretions are down again. The day started off a little rough with his airway partially blocked the respiratory therapist worked with Jerry for about an hour at 5 this morning but finally cleared the air way enough for him to not labor so hard with his breathing. The rest of the day has been really good. Dare I say he may be over the hump ...I'm afraid to get my hopes up.

Katie

Sunday, January 18, 2015

A Good Day

Today was a good day, Jerry is doing so much better, it was the first time since all this started that I feel like there is real improvement. The secretions are way down, his voice is returning and he finally seems to be over the hump.  Jerry's temperature and blood pressure continue to be a struggle the next hurdle to get through to put us a little closer to going home. Speech therapy came today and gave Jerry the swallow test to clear him for eating, he now can have puree food starting tomorrow. Jerry had lots of visitors today, he enjoyed them so much he didn't want them to leave. Thank you Stephani and Rachel for the awesome gift it was so thoughtful you really made Jerry's day he was excited you guys came to visit. Thank you Trish for the meals and snacks your a great cook, it was nice to have a home cooked meal. Thanks Janea, Pepe, Jessica and Parker, Jerry really enjoyed visiting with you.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Extubated

Jerry was extubated about 15 minutes ago, so far so good. One hurdle down, next get feeding tube out, get blood pressure and fevers under control. We are inching closer to going home.

Katie

Thursday, January 15, 2015

oops

Your in the right spot if your looking for Jerry updates, somehow I changed the look of the blog by accident, I'm super bummed, I can't figure out how to get it back, the old template is no longer available. I like the old look better :-(