Yesterday was pretty frightening for me as Dane just wasn’t responding the way he should when I arrived in the morning. I attributed some of it to fatigue as he’d had a high fever and hadn’t slept much during the night. But, as the day progressed, he worsened. By 5:00, they were doing another CAT scan and shortly after that, his surgeon at St. Francis, called to tell me the results of the scan were good. The swelling of his head is also a non-issue. Dane just wasn’t responsive in any way that he had been the night before. At that time, I asked him to name 5 heads of state and he could, but last night he couldn’t name a single fruit or follow simple commands.
I came to the hospital at 6:30 this morning so I could catch all the doctors and Dr. Goreky’s nurse practitioner. He was still out of it and sleeping all the time, which was very out of the ordinary for him. So, because of my growing concern, they rechecked everything and found everything that they were treating was being treated appropriately. They ran more ures and did another heart sonogram. His admitting doctor assured me Dane was in the appropriate place, and I agree with that. They cannot do any more for him in ICU than they are doing in Select. They are very thorough in what they do here.
Then Mary, bless her heart Mary, who had been his night nurse said she suspected the new to him pain killer they were giving him was the culprit. It was Delotid, or something like that. I just don’t think he can tolerate it. So now, as Mary predicted, he’s returning to his more normal, but getting better routine and responding. He knows where he is again and why he is here. Speech and physical therapy are in there now working with him again on less strenuous exercises. His voice is coming back. He couldn’t begin to tolerate the tilt table yesterday and couldn’t today either, but maybe by tomorrow he will be able to handle it again. They still have a spinal tap scheduled to check for meningitis, which they didn’t suspect, but wanted to rule out.
So, all is returning to normal healing again and I’m going to catch up on my sleep tonight. I called Ginger with the good news. She’s making chicken salad for our dinner tonight. Yay! I will be more relaxed tonight. I can’t help but worry, as those of you who know me are aware.
Dane hasn’t been able or interested in his mail for a couple of days, and there is a stack of it. I will start reading it to him tomorrow. Some of it is pretty funny and he will enjoy it a lot. Thanks so much.
Oh, I have neglected to mention that I met Vanessa Salyers the other day. B.J. was one of Dr. John Terry’s internist residents in NCCU at St. Francis so we had opportunities to visit with him, as I mentioned. His wife, Vanessa, works in the pharmacy in Select so I visit with her almost every day. They are returning to Ellsworth in 1 1/2 years so that B.J. can go into practice with Witmer, Slomka and Kepka. They lived in Ellsworth for several years before B.J. entered medical school and that is home to both of them. It will be wonderful having them back in our community again. We are most fortunate for that.
P.S. 9:00 pm. Dane got through his spinal tap just fine and is now back in his room. Everything is going well, according to nurse Patty. He’s talking more and reacting much better. I’m sure it was the pain killers that were the problem but both the surgeon, Dr. Goreky, and the infection disease doctor, Dr. Rohlman, wanted to make sure. They don’t want to leave any unanswered questions hanging out there. I should get the results tomorrow morning.
The Ellsworth Bearcats beat Sterling today and Drew was high point man with 22 points. I couldn’t be there to see him play, but I am proud as punch.