Tuesday, January 31, 2012


I went to the gift shop with Beth, thinking I would get some balloons to brighten up his room. They didn't have any. But now, as we speak, Carlos is getting a balloon of another sort.

The night was pretty uneventful. This morning the 'numbers' weren't improving - stuff like cardiac output, etc. So they increased the dose of Primacor. He got up and had breakfast, sat up for a bit then started to get pretty tired. He went back to bed and slept for a bit. The numbers continued to not improve so they increased the dose again and drew blood from his Swan-Ganz catheter to see the amount of oxygen getting to his heart.

Just a bit ago, one of the cardiologists came in and said that the test results were not good....Carlos is not getting enough oxygen to his heart so they want to move to mechanical means of increasing the effectiveness of pumping. So as we speak, they are putting in a intra-aortic balloon pump. He will go to the ICU when he's done. More information later...

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