Wednesday, May 13, 2009

ICU Visit

We're visiting Jodi in the ICU. We haven't been able to see Dr. Couldwell yet, so we don't have our questions answered.

Jodi has been nauseated by the effects of the anthesia and has vomited twice. The doctors have her on morphine for the pain in her head, but the pain is stronger right now than the morphine, although they are now giving her something for the pain and to help her sleep.

She has what she describes as a "fuzzy" sound in her right ear. She isn't talking much, but when she speaks it looks like the muscles around her mouth on the right side where the surgery took place appear to be "numb". Before the surgery the doctors did say that it was more common for a patient to feel nauseated when there is surgery on the brain and apparently it isn't uncommon for the facial muscles on one side to experience some temporary paralysis. They said it takes about 24 hours for things to "settle down". Then it is a little easier to make an assessment of how she is doing.

We are anxious to talk to Dr. Couldwell, but he is in another surgery right now, so we don't know when that will be possible.

Clearly, it will take time and rest for her to get through this and our prayers are still very much needed.

We will keep giving updates as we have new information to share.

Thank you again for your prayers and fasting and faith. We hope we can all continue in this vein as she goes through the recovery process. Much love and appreciation to you all!!!


Pehrson Gang said...

This is all wonderful news. Let the healing begin. We are so grateful for your strength at this time Jodi. Hang in there!

=Molly= said...

Awesome! You are doing great Jodi! Awaiting more updates! Sending my love and prayers your way!

Darlene said...

We just found out about your blogsite... All the Iowa Ketchums send our love and prayers. Glad to hear that you've made it through the surgery. Let the healing begin!
Mark, Darlene & family

britt said...

I am sure the slow healing process is hard for all, but it sounds like things have gone well and I pray that they continue this way! I want you to know I am thinking about you continuously and will try and call in a day or so when YOU may actually be able to communicate. Hang in there. Much aloha!!!

Nichole Giles said...

We're glad to know things are going all right so far, and pray that you'll continue to improve quickly.

It may not feel like it now, but things can only get better from here, right?

Lots of love,

Nicki and Gary Giles and family

Dave Keene said...

Thank you for your updates Jodi is in our prayers and when you can tell her Dave from D and E to keep her sprits up because she will be well and back at trying to get all us people out there to contribute to something send her our love and best

Gonzalo said...

Keep it up Jodi, lots of love muchos besos y abrazos from Vancouver, BC.
Gonzalo A

Anonymous said...

You are amazing! We love you and want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers every day. You are an inspiration to us all.
Aunt Deanne, Steve and family