Sunday, December 7, 2008

Sunday Update

Last night I went to the hospital to see Lukey and Michael. Lukey is doing good. The liver function is good and they were just trying to get his blood pressure stabilized. He woke up while I was there and put his arm up on his forehead. They quickly gave him more sedation so he won't move around. He looks much better, just a little puffy. He is retaining a lot of fluid. Because he has so much fluid around his lungs, they don't want to try to take him off the ventilator. They want to wait until he gets rid of some of the excess.
Michael was not feeling so great last night. He was having a lot of pain in his stomach. The Dr. said that they used retractors to hold his stomach muscles open during surgery so it is not surprising that he is having painful spasms in his stomach muscles. They tried to get him to swallow a little ginger ale and his muscles all started spasming. I felt very badly that there is nothing I can do for him. The good news is they moved him out of the ICU last night and into a room in another building. The woman who was next to him in the ICU was a serious problem. Not to be mean, because I am sure she was suffering, but she was never quiet. He wanted out of there so badly. Now he is sharing a room with another liver donor. I am about to head out to Georgetown to visit everyone for awhile. My mom flies in tomorrow evening..thank God! I'm sure Michael will feel much relief when she gets here.
I will continue to keep you posted their progress. Thank you for all your prayers.
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