Houston Methodist – Day 9, 10, & 11: No Rest for the Weary

Anya was admitted back into the ICU yesterday afternoon.  Ever since the bronchoscopy on Wednesday, the doctors have been trying to fix her punctured & collapsed lung, which they caused.  The chest tube that they put in on Friday, helped temporarily, but did not fix the problem.  In addition, they told her not to use the BiPap machine at night (helps her diffuse CO2) because of the punctured lung.  Well, two days without the BiPap machine and her CO2 levels shot up to 102 (normal levels are 35-45).  With her CO2 levels so high, Anya spent all of Saturday and Sunday in bed fighting off drowsiness and nausea.  By Monday morning, she was incoherent and vomiting.  One of the nurses finally did an Arterial Blood Gas (ABG) to test the CO2 levels in her blood.

When I left last night, Anya was still asleep.  The ICU had the bipap machine on full blast pumping the harmful CO2 from her body.  The nurse told me that they tried to put another chest tube in to get rid of the trapped air in another part of her chest, but they were unsuccessful.  She was sedated for the procedure.  I did notice that Bravo was on the TV, so at one point in the night, she was watching TV, so I’m thinking that the BiPap machine was working.  Hopefully, that’s all it’s going to take.

We should know some time this afternoon whether they are going to list Anya for another transplant or make her wait until this lung infection is under control.  At this point, I don’t think Anya will be leaving the hospital any time soon.

2 thoughts on “Houston Methodist – Day 9, 10, & 11: No Rest for the Weary

  1. Amanda Hurst says:

    Hanny and I were at Mom’s and Dad’s today. We saw your Dad! We love you bunches and are sending good thoughts and prayers. Hang in there Mike! We are all thinking about you too! Also, thanks for all the updates!

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