Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Status 1A

It's been a very eventful and exciting day. Carlos came out of the cath lab with a new technological toy. He's got a big blue machine attached by a tube in his groin. He's in the ICU now, chilling. Not that he has much choice as he can't get up or sit up even right now. He also gets to experience his first urinary experience I think he could live without. I'll refrain from putting up a picture. Haha. He also got a new Swan-Ganz catheter that continuously measures his cardiac output and oxygenated blood supplying the heart.

They started him on another IV medication called Nipride.  So with all the new interventions, his status is now of the list aside from people who are 1A and have been waiting longer.  This means a call for a heart could come tonight, or in the next couple days, or whenever.

Dr Arabia, who is one of the cardiothoracic surgeons, came by to say hello.  He said if Carlos doesn't get a heart by Friday, then 'we' will make some decisions about more long term mechanical devices.  The balloon pump is only a temporary stopgap.

Carlos' numbers are lloking a bit better but he is so tired.  I came home to try and getvsome sleep.  I will write more tomorrow

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