Saturday, March 31, 2012

Improvement in the ICU

Thank you all so much for your support - we have been overwhelmed (in a good way) by it. 

The good news is that Murray is much improved this evening!

This morning he was found unconcious on the ward at 6am where he was intubated and rushed down to ICU.  He had a GCS of 4 (I don't really know what that means other than that it isn't good).  He was on 100% oxygen but only saturating in the 70's and was having issues with low blood pressure and his remaining kidney.  We don't know 100% what happened but he appears to have aspirated into his lungs while asleep. 

I am very happy to report that this evening even though he is still very much in need of the ventilator he is on far less oxygen (40% I think) and saturating in the 90's.  He is also requiring less medication for his blood pressure. 

The doctors turned his sedation down this evening to see if he would wake up and respond and he was able to respond to his name and follow some basic commands.  He looked quite freaked out when he woke up - but hopefully he'll have no memory of that - and hopefully it means he is aware of his surroundings.

They are turning the sedation back up for the night so that he has a good rest - he is still very ventilator dependent and without the sedation he would try to pull the tube out.

So - all in all he is in a much better state than this morning.  This morning they were saying that if his breathing didn't improve they might need to put him on the oscillating ventilator or even on ECMO (which is like bypass).  Now they are talking about weaning his ventilation if he continues to impove at this rate.  The doctors are also very hopeful that he has suffered no brain injury.  Of course it is still early days, but he is heading in the right direction.

Miss Ashlea is doing well.  She has had a couple of doses of a diuretic to make her wee and has been a bit brighter than yesterday.  She is back to playing her ipad so that is a good sign.  They are going to try and remove her epidural tomorrow and move to oral pain medications.  Hopefully this will control her pain well enough as she is quite itchy from some of the epidural drugs.  Otherwise she is stable and her renal doctors are happy with her progress.   The tweaking of fluids and medications will continue for many months and is not out of the ordinary post-transplant.

Thank you all so much for praying and supporting us through this - I can't tell you how much it means to know so many of you are praying for us, thinking of us and standing with us through this.  A huge special thanks to Murray's best mate Dave who has been here the whole day - I REALLY couldn't have got through the day without him.

26 comments:

Deb L said...

Will be praying and praying and praying... Hang in there!

Di said...

I am so pleased to hear of the improvements Alison. I've been staying up in the hope you'd have a positive update to report. I am glad too that you've got support at the hospital. Will be thinking of you all overnight and hoping that things continue to improve. Much love to you all. xx

Jacqui said...

Best post ever. Looking forward to another one that's even better. Keeping you all in my thoughts.

Sarah said...

No words sorry Alison, just think your amazing as I couldn't imagine how hard it is for you .
I pray Murray will improve and no serious damage.
Hugs and love to you all x

Naomi said...

So glad to hear that there's been improvement. We will continue to pray.

Anonymous said...

Alison,

so wonderful that Murray and Ashlea are doing a little better. I hope that means you can get a chance to catch your breath and maybe even sleep a little too!

Sound like you are doing an amazing job of looking after everyone, I will keep praying for you all.

Lisa

Corrie said...

keeping you all in my prayers, what a lot to handle all at once. I remember the panic when my mum had a major operation and her lungs just couldn't cope and she was in ICU, the most terrifying drive to hospital and few days being with her. She was fine and back on the regular ward and wondered what all the fuss was about.

lots of hugs and prayers to you, you are so strong for going through this

Corrie:)

Susan, Mum to Molly said...

I'm choosing to believe & hope that whatever went wrong for Murray happened a very short time before he was found and that he was only unconscious for a very short time.

Dave - we are ALL very grateful to you right now. You are the best mate a man (and his wife) could possibly hope to have.

Here's to a much calmer day for all of you tomorrow...

Much love, Susan xx

Gina said...

wonderful to hear good progress. So glad you have a friend like Dave to help share the load. Thinking of you all, constantly and hoping for some steady recovery for them both (and for you). xx

Missy said...

Alison thank you so much for this update on both Murray and Ashlea.

I just cant believe what has happend to Murray. Yes you are right GCS of 4 is bad :( (it measures the changes and level of consciousness in a patient...3 is the worst-15 the best)
I am so glad he is can follow some basic commands. Gosh I can ony imagine how freaked out he was when he came to...that would be very frightening. I am glad that they are sedating him for a good, recovery rest tonight.

I hope that you can get some sleep at some stage as you must be exhausted.

i am glad to hear that Ashlea is tracking through the common post op transplant issues and that they are happy with her progress.

Biggest hugs and love to you all xxxx

E. said...

Glad to hear that Murray is improving. Hope he continues to do so and that Ashlea does well on oral pain meds tomorrow.

Rosemary said...

Dave...must come from the name, mine's a pretty good bloke too. Great to hear there's some encouraging news, still praying...and praying...love to you xx

Casey said...

thanks for the update Al, weve been hanging out for them all day. Hope you all get some sleep.

Anonymous said...

Scary beginning but great news in the end. Many prayers and thoughts to your family through this journey. xxxxx

Julie Parsons.

Anonymous said...

So very glad to hear that there has been some improvement . We will keep praying for Murray and of course Ashlea as well xxx

Anonymous said...

Good news Alison. Thanks for updating us, it helps to focus the prayers. Thankyou Dave for being there. We hope tomorrow brings steady recovery for you all!Much love, many prayers and big hugs
Sue

Fiona said...

Your family are constantly in our thoughts right now Alison.

I hope things continue to progress smoothly, and it sounds like you are doing an amazing job of dealing with everything.

And once Murray is better and back on his feet, you can remind him forever how he managed to sleep through the toughest days of your life together!!

Alice said...

We keep praying and will keep praying. Such love to you all. Xxx

karina said...

Alison, we are praying over on this side of the world as well. Hugs and love to all of you.

karina said...

Alison, what a journey you are on! Praying for Murray and Ashlea and you. It's hard to even imagine the stress you are under, but I know God is holding you up through every moment. Hugs and love to you all!

Shasta said...

Oh my gosh, I'm so glad to hear things are looking up. I'm so sorry to hear that this is happening though. That's just awful.

Cary said...

WOW. Have you ever been through the ringer! I am so relieved to hear that things are improving. I am keeping you in my thoughts and anxiously await further updates! Hugs!

jennifer said...

I am just checking into your blog now and seeing these updates and am stunned by recent developments. Many prayers for your family. I'm so, so, so glad to hear Ashlea is doing well and that Murray is slowly but surely heading in the right direction. Many hugs to you and your family--you guys are ALL such fighters.

The Trousdell Five said...

So relieved to hear. Will keep you all in my prayers!

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness for the improvement much better news xx sarah and lennon xx

Anonymous said...

Good to hear some better news. Alison, I know you've been tempered by fire but I can only think of you racing between hospitals and assume that right now you are held together only by adrenalin and prayer. Continuing to uphold you, Murray and your girls, Margaret & Byron