Monday, February 21, 2011

Update on the last post I made....

I would not have thought it possible, but miracles do happen.

She survived.

We got more details of the ordeal after she was transferred to ICU. Apparently she developed abdominal compartment syndrome and had to be opened stem to stern to relieve the pressure. Someone manually massaged her heart while they had her open. They had to wait >24hrs before closing her back up because it took so long to stabilize her.

And yet she made it. With no major neurological deficits. There was some issue with her placement in the hospital after she no longer needed ICU-level care. They transferred her straight back to us, because they were not quite honest about her condition. Normally we don't take care of practically-immobile full-care patients with 3 abdominal drains. She shoulda gone to Tele or something at least. It's hard to turn a patient every 2 hours when you don't have any CNAs on your unit, and the House Supervisor isn't willing to budge....

But she made enough progress that 2 weeks after the ordeal, she's going home. I know there will be some drama for awhile, because no one goes through that sort of trauma unscathed. Especially since her family didn't tell her what really happened to her (it's a cultural thing) after the delivery.

Regardless, I wish her and her family the best of luck.

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