Sorry for the delays in updates. Between crazy ICU visiting hours and getting kids to where they need to go, it has been hard to keep everyone up to date. I still owe the folks I update via text updates.
I am happy to report that even I have underestimate the fight Lauren has left. After yesterday’s turn to the wrong direction, I had a high energy friend of hers go with me to visit her at 1pm. At this time Lauren was on a pressure oxygen mask that literally helped her breathe for her. She was suffering from delirium and I felt was in the brink of turning this thing around or getting worse.
By 9pm last night she was back off the breathing oxygen mask and on the nose oxygen. Her Blood pressure was stabilized and seemed to be staying that way.
This morning at 5am she had made it through them night without the breathing machine. The nurse whom she butted heads with told her she needed to be able to sit in a chair to get out of the ICU. Lauren immediately said, “then bring me the chair” at 5am. The nurse said it was too early and one was not available. Lauren replied right back with, “then let’s practice!” The nurse, who has already learned that arguing with Lauren is a losing battle agreed to practice. So we got sitting up on the side of the bed. I knew then the fighting Lauren was back.
At this point she is just waiting on a bed in the James to get released. That might happen tonight. She still needs the nasal oxygen and she still isn’t the most comfortable, but she’s back.
I think even I have underestimated the fight Lauren has left. Yesterday I felt like we were on the brink of either getting this current hurdle turned around or watching things get worse. I brought her the mental support (thanks Jon, you kick ass) for the 1pm visit. By 9pm, Lauren was showing this thing who was in charge.
Lauren, you will read this post soon when you catch up on your blog. I love you, and I am so glad to have the fighting Lauren back. You have shown strength that is for most unfathomable. I know sometimes you don’t feel strong, but the doctors even see it in you. We will keep crossing these hurdles as they come. We can do it.