Saturday, February 05, 2005

Off the Vent - But Wasn't Easy

They took Bailey off the ventilator around 5:00 yesterday afternoon. She was fine for about 10 minutes, then it got scary. (Let me preface by saying she's doing well now.) The pain medication that she was on caused her body to relax so much so that her breathing was slow and shallow which caused CO2 to build up in her system; that caused her PA to shoot up very quickly to 130; she passed out and stopped breathing at that point. The anesthesiologist was right by her bedside running the show the whole time and he stayed very, very calm telling everyone what they needed to do. (I was later quite impressed with their abilities.) They guessed at a dosage of narcane (1/10 of a dose - a drug to get her to start breathing again) which was too high so she started halucinating and going a little nuts, but at least she started breathing again. This all happened in a matter of about 3 to 5 minutes, I think. By the time it was over, we had the anesthesiologist, the surgeon, and the cardiologist together with about 6 other support staff at her bedside. They were all very happy when she was stabilized, but they said that this happens on occasion. (I like my paralegal job.) Our nurse, however, has been here 18 years and she said at the end of the day that it was the worst day in her nursing career. I was surprised, later, at how she handled the situation - she pretty much freaked out, but then again, so did we.

Now that that's over, she got pretty sick to her stomach and was throwing up a lot last night, but that stopped about 9:00 last night. Then her arterial line fell out (no fault of her own) and the night crew tried to put it back in but, unfortunately, failed. The surgeon is coming in this morning to put it back in. I have to say, I was a little frustrated -- ok, mad -- by that time (about 12:30 this morning) but they decided to leave her alone as much as they could but she didn't sleep too well. She's scared and thinks she's going back into surgery for some reason. She's so thirsty and hungry and weak. I can't wait until they start giving her water. She's been sucking on a little bitty sponge about the size of a little sucker.

I am thinking positive that this will be a better day for all of us. I'm hoping that this is the one scare that we will have had to endure. I just can't begin to tell you how scared I was. I didn't want to go back in her room for a while, but finally worked up the courage - or really just decided to jump back in. Scott was in there taking very good care of her at that point while I tried to recoup. Didn't get much sleep last night, but will try to catch naps throughout the day.

I guess we have to take a couple steps back on occasion to move forward -- in all walks of life.

Sorry I didn't post an update yesterday evening - I just wasn't up to it.

Love you all, Angie.


Blogger Scott Needham said...

Hang in there sweet're doing a great job. I know you want all thoses tubes and wires removed from you, but remember they are doing their let them do their work.

I know it's hard to think about it now...but just a few days...okay maybe a week or so...of having all that stuff connected to you is a short time compared to all the years of time to come when your free from plastic tubes running in and out of you and you're swimming in Aunt Vickie's pool and beating up Cody. (just kidding Cody)'re stronger now than you realize and you and Scott can get through this....why you're doing it already! :)

Love and Prayers to you all!

9:29 AM  
Blogger Sue Figert Meyer said...

I a not very good at words of comfort, but you probably know that. I cried when I read of your fear and pain yesterday. I don't suppose that the Drs promised getting off the ventilator would be easy. Your paralegal job is waiting for you. That nurse that had the worst day of her life, maybe she wants to be a paralegal too? May the forces of God be with you and Bailey. Sue

10:22 AM  
Blogger Carol Williams said...

Bailey is my HERO, but I want to be just like you (Angie) when I grow up. After all these years you still amaze me.

10:49 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Everyone at First Christian Church in Greensburg are praying for
you all. I can feel the love and Grace of God in each of your posts.
God bless you. We love you.
Tammy,George,Jessica, and Nick

11:19 AM  
Blogger Lara said...

Oh Ang, I'm sorry you had such an awfull and scary night. I hope it's the only one you have. I know what you mean about your job - I'll take cranky lawyers anyday over that. (Love to all you cranky lawyers!) This weekend should be much better now that the tube is out and she can talk to you. Bailey's such a brave little thing - she's amazing! Take care of yourself, too, and let everyone else help (i.e. don't try to do it all yourself!) Thanks for the updates!

Love Lara

11:34 AM  
Blogger Jeff, Cindy, Joy, Jeremy& Patti Miller said...

Bailey, Just want you and your family to know we are thinking of you and praying for you. You have been so courageous thru all of this. What a day yesterday! Please let us know if there is anything we can do. Patti is looking forward to seeing you back at school. We have learned about blogging thru took a few days for us to get with it enough to comment. We Love YOU!!

11:41 AM  
Blogger Gene & Kris Wheeler said...

Dear Bailey, Angie & Family -
Just wanted to let you know that we are praying for you every day. We check the blogspot, and rejoice and cry with you. Angie, we love you. And Bailey, I know you probably don't know us very well, if at all, but you're life is bringing us all together. That's how God works. I know someday soon you'll be playing in the sun. Love, -Kris, Gene & Maggie May Wheeler

11:59 AM  
Blogger Aunt Debbie A said...

Ang- My heart is right there with you. I don't know what to do to help. I would come again today if I thought it would help, and yet somehow I think a quiet day with lots of cat naps would be just the thing you really need right now. We're trusting God to meet your needs when we don't know what more to do. We're trusting Him to hold your hand when we can't be there in the ICU room with you and Bailey. We're trusting Him to comfort you through the roughest and scariest times like you experienced lastnight. You guys consume my thoughts and inspire constant prayer.

You are so considerate to post when things have been so rough. We appreciate it so much. Please also use this format to let us know what it is you need. You say the word and you have any number of us who are ready to meet your needs. If you asked for a bag of Ruffles potatoe chips at 10am you'd see a Ruffles Distribution Truck backing up to the hospital docks by 10:30am!! : ) So many of us love you guys so much we'd do anything you asked. Please, if you can, let us know what you Dew!!! In a Pepsi Free Environment that could get to be a problem!! : )

We're making you guys some of Brian's Famous Ham Salad sandwiches today. We'll plan on bringing them tomorrow morning and leaving them in the ICU parent lounge fridge so you don't have to leave the floor if you don't want to. Who knows...we might even bring a bag of Ruffles! : )

Hugs and Kisses All Around!
Love, Debbie xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

12:44 PM  
Blogger Nancy DeCamp said...

Hugs, Hugs, Hugs - You are continually in our prayers and thoughts. God's angels are watching over you. Try to take this weekend to rest. "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." MT. 11:28 Hang in there and keep fighting. One step at a time and soon you will be where you want to be. I know about that narcane stuff. They gave Marge some once and wooooweeee! Talk about an intense trip!!!! Talk to you soon. Missing you like CRAZY!!!!!!!!!
Love, Mike, Nancy, Angela & Andrea

1:36 PM  
Blogger Mary Ann Lucas said...

My dear Bailey....I got to see your Mama today for a couple of minutes. She is one tough cookie for sure. I think she is using all of her energy she has left just for you so that all you see is her love and spirit with you at all times. She loves you so much. Her eyes showed me that today and I know you can see it too. You keep that little chin of yours up and know that we are all praying for you every moment of every day. I've talked (well, shouted...I wanted to make sure He heard me!) to God more in the past week than I have my whole life. You are teaching us a lot!

Angie...It was so good to hug and love on you a little today. I so wanted to take you outside for a little walk in the sun, but understand completely your need to be right there by your Bailey girl. I know the love you give to her because my Mom has done the same for me in the past number of years. No matter what you do for her today and in the coming days, I know that she will never ever forget that you did them because you love her. Remember that we cry with you and we laugh with you. Your messages are priceless and we appreciate your efforts to post them when you feel up to it.

Rest easy today my pal...Mary Ann

2:16 PM  

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