Sunday, September 14, 2008

Because Things Weren't Interesting Enough

I'm finally online here at the hospital. Our fabulous friends B and N came to visit and B was able to figure out how to make it work. Thank you, B!!! And thanks N for the magazines and chocolates - exactly what I need.

The MRI of DH's brain was once again clean. Good.

DH began losing strength on his RIGHT side, which is a brand new symptom. Bad.

The neurologist who had already seen him this morning and was planning to do a spinal tap tomorrow was still here, so he rushed back to DH's room to do the tap. Good.

DH's vitals went totally haywire the two times the neurologist tried it, which caused him to pass out during the first attempt and for his heart rate to drop significantly during the second attempt. Bad.

The dr. will try to do another spinal tap tomorrow or Tuesday with Radiology, which (in theory) should make it easier. PT, OT, and Speech will be in tomorrow to do an eval and start therapy. And that's the update. We're trying to focus on one day at a time because the "What Ifs . . ." are too hard to deal with right now.


Anjali said...

Oh, R. I can't believe this! Sending big hugs and good thoughts to you all.

Motherhood101aplus said...

Please note the hospital may not tell the patient this is necessary but it is much better to remain laying down after a spinal tap. Don't let C get up for anything.
A spinal headache, which he may get, is aleviated by laying down.
Our thoughts are with your family.

RuthWells said...

Oh R! I am heartsick to hear this. Please know that our thoughts are with you all. You are both incredibly strong people and you will get through this.