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Hi everyone, I am at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.
I have been here 6 Days. I arrived June 29th for open heart surgery to repair the aortic artery and replace the aortic valve. My surgery went well but I've had complications with bleeding and breathing. My chest filled up with blood a few hours after my surgery and they had to put in additional drain tubes, re-insert the breathing tube, and re-sedate me. I have had to have many blood transfusions and platelets. Attempts to wean me off of the breathing tube have failed so they just will keep on trying to do do it. Right now I am stable but fully sedated and can't breath on my own. Janas and I would appreciate your prayers.
Dusty had a quiet night and the plan is to keep him quiet so he can heal until the middle of next week. Dr. Mueller described his condition as critical but stable. He is being treated for pneumonia, but tolerates 70% of oxygen, down from 100%.
Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:07 pm
Written 3 hours ago
Things are pretty much the same for Dusty. He has been more active today and his numbers have jumped around more. The staff has been working hard to keep his vital signs stable, and I am so grateful we made the decision to use St. Francis for our healthcare. These past 10 days would have been so much harder on me otherwise.
Dusty is still critical and not quite out of the woods yet, but with all of the prayers and the excellent care he is getting, I am very optimistic that it won't be long before he planning a trip with Jason to a tractor fest.
Please keep the encouraging comments coming, they are so helpful to me, and Dusty will be reading them soon.
Blessings to all of you ,
Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:11 pm
Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:00 pm
After a long hard day Dusty finally was able to get weaned off of all of the respiratory support and was awake enough and stable enough without drug support that they were able to remove the breathing tube.
Most of his communication since he has been able to talk is to ask everyone who comes in his room, when can he go home? It's going to be a long week, LOL.
He still has quite a ways to go before he can go home but we are over the worst hump. Thanks for all your prayers. I have lots of cards to read to him in the meantime, and appreciate the thoughtfulness of the many who sent them.
Dusty is already asking for many things, so I have a pretty good idea of what my life will be like when we get home, LOL.
Please know how grateful I am for all of your kindnesses and support,
Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:41 am