Monday, July 30, 2007

Baby steps

John continues to be stable, supported by various interventions, and the doctors are in the process of weaning him off those. His care by the nurses and doctors is intense- with many adjustments hour to hour- but the overall progression is towards improvement.
-ICPs: They got him off the drain a couple days ago and now have reduced the level of saline in his IV. His ICPs are in the safe zone most of the time, and the frequency and duration of spikes have decreased.
-Fever: They are no longer regulating his temperature through the hot and cold blankets but instead keeping the room very cold and giving him Tylenol. He continues to run a slight fever, but at a level that is not dangerous to him.
-Infection: Since removing the drain, they don't have a easy way to test for the presence of the ecoli infection, but the infectious disease doctor believes that it should be cleared up by now given the antibiotic course John has had.

The infectious disease doctor, Dr. Grace, said to my mom today "you've got a painful walk to go but we'll walk it with you". Keep taking those baby steps, little brother.

5 comments:

PURPLEJENN said...

"Well the first days are the hardest days, don't you worry anymore."

a song lyric by the grateful dead
john's favorite dead song:
"uncle johns band"

John said...

I bet with that chilly air, John's dreaming about snowboarding...

Carmen

Anonymous said...

JVH and family - We are all praying for you down here in the castleton/Benson area...here's to the next hubabaloo at the hostel!

Jensen

Eva the Deadbeat said...

I met John briefly when doing a video about Thrashing Thursdays for 7Days. He is one of those people you don't soon forget, so full of life and vigor. Glad to hear about these latest improvements and hope to hear about more.

All the best,
Eva

sexualharrison said...

john,
I had a great day today. I finally hit the tiles in 9' section of owls head pool in brooklyn. you would have been so proud. i was thinking of you every time I dropped in. you were right it just get easier with lots of practice. your in my thoughts everyday. and we are here for you and your family.

love you man,
~harrison