This post will be short and sweet, and will provide an update to how Kirsten is recovering.
I met one of the surgeons who assisted Dr P and Dr A on Monday, He was the on again and off again elusive Dr S (I think that’s Kirsten’s pseudonym for this surgeon) and he was very positive on Kirsten’s recovery to date.
He said that the drains in her neck will probably be removed tomorrow, along with the drain in her leg.
The tracheostomy will remain for a further 5 – 7 days and will be removed while Kirsten is in the ward.
The Arterial Lines connected to Kirsten will be removed once she moves from ICU to her room, and I’ve informed Dr S about Kirsten’s phobia of needles and if possible, can he leave the venous lines in as long as possible. He said this was possible, but they do need to be changed, so I only hope they are prepared for what could happen. I might talk to them and ask that I be present if this happens.
Dr S also mentioned that Kirsten’s haemoglobin levels are a little on the low side, which can be expected from major surgery, but they will monitor it and make the decision is a blood transfusion is required to get the level up again.
Physiotherapy continues, while I was there (and just as Julie arrived) they moved Kirsten from the bed to the chair. Still hard work for her and I could tell, she was sleeping more after the move. Kirsten’s pain levels still remain high, but manageable.
Dr P is in town tonight and I’m hoping that I can catch up with him after he see’s Kirsten, in fact, I might just message him right now…… Back..
Dr S believes that Kirsten may be able to be moved out of ICU tomorrow, but when Kirsten and I briefly spoke about this, she would like to remain in ICU for as long as possible, why, well each ICU patient has their on ICU nurse and a team of support staff behind them. In the ward, there are 4 patients per nurse, I know the level of care will be the same in each location, but the level of attention will be different in the ward. Knowing this, and knowing Kirsten, if she is positive about her recovery she will be all the better, for me this means her staying in ICU for as long as possible.
Julie started reading to Kirsten today a favourite book from when Kirsten was younger, called Pastures of the Blue Crane, to be honest, Kirsten didn’t seem to like or dislike it, but I believe the soothing tones of someone talking at her allowed her to relax just that little bit more. She tries to stay awake to be with us, but after the umpteenth time of use telling her to rest, I think she is now listening 🙂