Saturday, March 26, 2011
Saturday Afternoon Update For Ben
I got over to the hospital around 12:05 PM today. Ben was wide awake when I came into his room. His nurse Alana said he had been awake waiting for me because she had told him I was going to be there later today. His vitals were good the entire time I was there and his temperature stays right between 98° and 99° now. They had him on the breathing trial for 3 hours today. He was more attentive and cooperative today too. He let me do a few exercises with him to loosen up his joints and when Alana came in to roll him from his side to his back, he actually lifted his shoulder for her when she was removing the pillow that was under his side. They have now started giving him frozen plasma to try to thicken his blood by the beginning of this coming week. He is getting 4 units of frozen plasma. They want to do the tracheotomy and also they want to do the Paracentesis procedure to remove some of the liquid from his belly. They cannot do either until his blood is thick enough to clot. Ben was very responsive to me when I would ask him questions. He would nod yes or shake no. He didn't get agitated when I left today. When I told him I had to get home he nodded and he was watching TV when I left. I tried to get with Dr. Han today to see if he is the doctor that I need to get paperwork from to extend Ben's SDI since they only gave him 20 days to start but Dr. Han had gone back to his office. He was supposed to come back, but didn't, so I told the charge nurse what I needed to talk to him about and she said she would try to get the message to him and maybe I can catch him tomorrow morning when he makes his rounds. I can usually get there earlier on Sunday because there is no traffic on the freeway. So today was a pretty good day.