Tuesday, January 23, 2007

rough morning...

Got up this morning at around 5:30 am and put a call in to the nurse's station to see if i could see my dad. The nurse got on the phone and told me that he would prefer me to wait a bit. He then proceeded to tell me that dads numbers got a little worse in the morning...about 5 am, dads ICP went a up to about 21. The ICP is the number that measures pressure in the head. Yesterday afternoon, dad's ICP was about 7. They would like to keep this number below 20. There is also another number that is used for measurment called the CPP (i think). They would like this number to stay above 50 and it also dropped below that number. The two numbers changing together caused for a little frightful moment. They gave dad something called "Mannitol" to bring his numbers back to "normal", and they did move a little. The last that i checked, dads ICP was down to 17 and his CPT was up to 56. We spoke with Dr. Young this morning after he checked on dad and he told us that dad is stable and his numbers are under control. He also told us to not be greatly alarmed by this...that in this first 72 hours, it is expected that dad have some swelling and it is possible to have this swelling for up to 2 weeks or so. There is quite a road ahead of us!
Mom slept thru all of this, thankfully and got almost 8 solid hours of sleep! She so needed it! Thanks you for your continued prayers...we will update you a little later

-A

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry I can't be with you, Sue, as I'm battling this sickness and don't want to share it with all of you. I miss being there to support you. Please know I'm thinking of you and praying for Jim and all of you always. My Jim will be coming up later to check for me in person. Thanks for the update Andy. If there's anything I can do from here, please call me.

Aimee said...

To the entire Maley Family,

We were so shocked to hear of this! We have been praying for Jim's recovery and for the strength and health of the family as you are with him at this time. Please know that we have set a lot of people praying for you all on the east coast. (((HUGS))) to all of you, have my mom give you all a real one from me! Love, Aimee

REM said...

Maleys how you are all dear to my heart and family even though we don't cross paths anymore. How your family has been there for us. I am saddened to hear what you are all facing. I send love and hugs and prayers on behalf of the McIntosh's.

Rachel