To anyone who read the earlier post and was worried - it is 4:00 and the floor surgeon has sutured up two blood vessels that were cut when they punctured that hematoma this morning - that is what was causing all the bleeding. The blood work came back fine, and HOPEFULLY - this will solve this problem, and he won't need any additional blood. He is resting now - will get into the chair for the evening meal, we hope.
I forgot to complain about last night's dinner. When he moved, his food still got delivered to the cardiac unit. We told them to get him a tuna fish sandwich on whole wheat, and some tomato soup. I HAD to leave, as the last shuttle on the weekends leaves at 6:30. She was supposed to be getting it when I left. Also - I told them to get his ensure out of the refrigerator and give to him about 9:00, along with some yogurt. Well - NONE of that happened - he went without, and - when I got here this morning - he had cold cereal and cranberry juice for breakfast - that's all! This is the reason I feel I must be here almost every hour - if I am not - he suffers. It is totally ridiculous. We told the Doctor's this morning, and they said they would look into it. Translated - that means - nothing will happen to change this screwed up system. When I get him him - I WILL be writing a letter to administration, you can bet on it. I might also speak to the patient advocate - I just need to be careful while he is in their hands, we believe. Now that he is here, on this floor - the food delivery should happen, but - JEEZ! There - I feel better.
Do you remember Susan? The lady who needs small lungs? Well - a pair came in this last week, and they gave them to someone else - who needed them more (She got bumped) ! She needs them pretty bad - she needs to decide if she should stop taking her meds - so that she can worsen enough that no one can go in front of her, but, needs to not die from the effort. Some system, huh??
Bobby and Sharon - they are staying at Family House with us. They are an 8 hour drive South away. Bobby needs a liver - this is his 4th liver - his body rejects them after a period of time. 3 weeks ago he was in intensive care and Sharon was given no hope. He pulled out of it and they came here last week - drove up. He had gained 100 pounds - fluid - and - they drained it off. They drove back,, had been home 2 hours, and got a call - liver was ready. They airlifted them back here, and he went in. The Liver was bad - no good. They stayed here, as he is too sick to go home again. In the middle of the night two nights ago - he went into liver failure and pancreatitus. He is here - in intensive care, and no liver in sight. I see the helicopters landing and taking off - from the roof - about every 5 minutes. They are bringing in patients, and organs, from all over. Yesterday 4 livers came in - all bad. When you see this, it is a glimpse into a world that most people never need to view or understand - just heartbreaking.