Thursday, April 15, 2010

Hiccups after Lunch

Andrea and I decided to sneak down to the cafeteria for lunch this afternoon, as Tyler was doing pretty well and I suspected he might appreciate some down time.

When we got back, we found that they'd had to stop his 2nd bag of fresh frozen plasma (the clotting portion of the blood) because he showed a fever. He actually was showing signs of the fever before they started the blood products, but had to stop to protect him anyways.

As the nurse went to help him sit up, she noticed that his neck was still bleeding down the back and was concerned about the amount of blood there. She had cleaned the wound before lunch and thought that the various procedures they had tried this morning should have stopped or at least slowed the bleeding.

After a huge flurry of activity and a lot of concern about the amount of blood that he has lost this morning (our nurse estimated a pint lost), a surgeon has just arrived to suture the neck wound closed a little more. If that procedure does not stop the bleeding, they will have to pull the line and so his neck up entirely. They are hoping to keep the line in for at least the rest of today, just in case Tyler might need dialysis.

Let's hope this works!

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