Wednesday, February 17, 2010

UGA Day 4: Afternoon Update

Report from the Surgeon:

Throughout the course of the day (well beginning last night), they ended up taking off a liter of air. Because of that, they took off the bandages today and checked the incisions and chest tube. Put some extra ointment around that. Put her back on the chest pump, but she hasn't produced any air. The air they found earlier, they don't know where it came from. It could have been the incisions. It could have been the hole they thought the repaired. Or again, it could have been a different hole. They can't know because right now, there isn't any air coming out. What this means is we could be looking at a situation where there was another hole that resealed.

Jeremy asked if she now has a 50% chance of this happening to her again. He said probably not because they removed the abnormal/diseased tissue that usually is the cause for reoccurred.

It is too soon to say everything is fully patched up. They need to keep her monitored on the pump for the next 24 hours, possibly the next 48 hours.

He still thinks we should visit tomorrow. We can only visit 10 minutes each. No more than that due to the strict ICU rules.

He said this is not where he wanted us to be right now, but this is not necessarily bad. We just need to be cautious about it.

Report from Susan:

We just talked to Susan and she said the dry food they are trying to get Sitka to eat is the purina pro plan, chicken and rice. She tried warm water and Sitka sniffed and licked at the bowl, then turned her nose up at it. Jeremy asked if her not eating is a problem. She said no. She said truth be told, with all the pain meds she is on, it tends to make them nauseous. She said she is getting all the fluids she needs, but just doesn't feel like eating. She said to bring food from home and treats. It can't be a bad thing to see if it will help.


Lacy said...

Bless her heart...sure hope she keeps healing..would it help or b advisable, to take something with CM and Tia scent on it..and mayb one of her toys, (one mayb she carries around instead of plays with)..that way she will have ya'lls scent when u have to go...just a thought..

b safe,

Ozzie the OZmonster & Zowie said...

We are hoping for good results with the visit tomorrow. Glad to hear there wasnt any more air. Be strong for her tomorroooo. She needs you for that.

Lots of good healing love to ya.

Ozz and zozo

Holly and Khady said...

We're thinking extra Happy Hearts, and some livergreat and whip!!!

We hope Sitka will be home very soon!

Holly and Khady Lynn

Lorenza said...

I will have my paws crossed until she comes home!
Please give her kisses and hugs from us tomorrown when you go to see her!
Take care

GonetoTheSnowDogs said...

We just found your blog threw a friend of ours. We are new to blogging and trying to find followers and friends.

We read back a few of your blogs, and wow. We are sending our love and thoughts your way. Hugs from Shiloh and Shelby

Kayla and Maebe said...

We are thinking positive thoughts for Sitka, and sending her strength and healing sibe vibes.

WOOOOO woo rar rar rar,
Kayla and Maebe

The Army of Four said...

We're praying the power of livergreat will work on her!
Play bows,
PS: If you can, would you lick her right on the nose for me? Thanks.