Saturday, April 9, 2011
Saturday Update For Ben
Marla and I got to the hospital a little after 9:30 AM. they had put Ben on his breathing trial right around 9:30 AM. His vitals were very good today also no fever. They told me that he was on the breathing trial yesterday for a total of 8 hours which is fantastic! They are talking about putting him back on the TPN (Total Parenteral nutrition) again because his they need to get his stomach working more to try to get the bloating to go away. Also they said that he was not tolerating the Fibersource through his NG tube as well as he was before. The kidney doctor came in and said his kidney function had improved from yesterday. Dr. Shin came in and said that their main goals right now are to get Ben's kidney function totally back, lower his sodium levels, get rid of his swelling and get him moving around more. He said that Ben's blood levels were much better today too since they gave him transfusions yesterday. Ben seemed a lot more awake this morning before lunch. He was making faces at us and looking around the room. The move "9 to 5" was on TV so he was watching that some. Since the physical therapists do not come in on weekends, I did his basic exercises with him. He helped me with a few of them. Also when Elena (his nurse) came in to take his blood sugar or do other things, he was being very cooperative with her. He also does things like rolling his eyes and making silly faces, which shows he still has his sense of humor. Marla and I we out to the waiting room to have our lunch around 12:00 and when we came back 30 minutes later, he was pretty sleep. He had been on the breathing trials for 3 hours by then and he was still on it when we left around 1:00 PM.