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Laura Update 5 - How Low Can it Go? [Apr. 1st, 2009|09:39 am]
Paul Cory
As mentioned, last night was busy. The reason? Laura's blood pressure was way, way low. I remember a reading of 72/41, with and average vascular pressure of 47(?) - I think there were lower good readings, but I'm running on little sleep.

This concerned the overnight doctors quite a bit. Laura to poked and prodded a lot, had several more blood draws, some ultrasounds, even more EKGs, and was even taken for a CT scan. The doctors' first guess was simple dehydration - after all, Laura had been kept without water from midnight to 12 pm, when she finally got some IV fluids before surgery.

After all the testing, it was determined that her heart was beating well, albeit really slowly (pulse rates in the 40s and 50s), and that she was, indeed dehydrated. They pumped a lot of IV fluids into her, and her blood pressure finally moved up into a range that the doctors felt comfortable with.

Along the way, Laura's small veins forced them to move her IV tube from her arm to her neck, and to put in a line into the artery on her right arm. This latter move, while complicated, had two big benefits: it allowed them to monitor her blood pressure in real time, so they could ditch the blood pressure cup that makes sleeping difficult, and it gave them an easy way to draw blood for testing, a painfully regular procedure during these last two days. The blood draws were getting bad as they had to switch to progressively smaller and harder to target veins. Lots of searching around with the needle, and slow blood flows.

They are going to keep Laura here in the Cardiac Care Unit for at least some of today. At some point, if all goes well, they'll move us, again, to a non-ICU bed. Sometime after that, if no further complications arise, we'll go home. The schedule is so up-in-the-air one can hardly call it such.

Again, thanks for all the prayers and positive energy and offers of help. I've been reading them aloud to Laura - she finds them quite comforting.

[User Picture]From: prncsspetulance
2009-04-01 02:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks for keeping us updated. Geez... I hope both of you can get some sleep in the near future, and nothing else crazy happens like the blood pressure problems!!
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[User Picture]From: rtred
2009-04-01 03:13 pm (UTC)
Damn, this sounds rough, friend. I am having flashbacks to my own all-too-recent hospital ordeal. If it means anything, things were similarly really bad for me, but then they very suddenly got better.

Hopefully you won't be eighteen days in the hospital, though!
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From: cor_cordivm
2009-04-01 03:30 pm (UTC)
Rough times . . . Gah, I'm sorry, guys. I'm pretty confident that y'all will be Okay, but I know this is decidedly scary and unfun in the meantime. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, and have been praying for you both.

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From: wolfsdrager
2009-04-01 04:27 pm (UTC)
And now that I'm all caught up. . .bloody hells! Thank you for the continuous updates.

Many, many thoughts and prayers for you both. *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: fireheart1974
2009-04-01 08:33 pm (UTC)
Yipes. that sounds a bit scary and gods, I hate having blood drawn - that sounds awful. Send her hugs from us and thanks for keeping us posted.
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[User Picture]From: trevnara2001
2009-04-01 10:07 pm (UTC)


Wow!! I miss a few days and .... just... wow!!

When I first saw your message this evening, I was hoping it was an April Fool's Day joke. I'm sure you are both wishing it was.

My thoughts and best wishes are with both of you.
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