Brad Schaust's Journal
Written Dec 29, 2009 8:17am
Brad was moved back to ICU yesterday, again a GI bleed. It sounds like later today he will be moved back to STN3 for continued monitoring and then back to the ortho floor. This time they put a clip in place where they thought the bleeding was coming from.
Please continue your prayers.
Written Dec 26, 2009 3:53pm
Brad has now been moved back to the ortho floor. He is saying that the physical therapist will kick his "___"(butt) tomorrow. He said this morning what they have been doing as far as physical therapy has hurt but also felt better after it was done. He knows it will hurt alot but it will also help. Like a nurse said the other night he will have to have a new pain tolerance level in life. He is resting alot more and will hopefully be up to the challenge ahead of him.
We are not sure how long he will he at HCMC yet as he may be soon transferred to a rehab facility, not sure where yet. A lot of this may be determined early next week.
Thank you for your prayers, we can see his improvements every day. Hopefully the set backs are also a thing of the past.
Written Dec 24, 2009 1:14pm
Brad have a much better night after I bored him to sleep telling him to breathe in deep and let out slowly. I repeated that alot to him and then he finally fell asleep, each time he moved I repeated that to him. At 11:50pm he was sleeping very well so I went and found a couch to camp on overnight.
The doctors said this morning that he will be having a "filter" put in his vein that leads to his lungs and heart so that it would not allow any clots to cause a problem with his major organs. I think this is a big precaution especially after what happened with his GI bleed. He will be having this later today, so I probably will be camping out here again overnight.
He was put into a recliner type of chair that allows him to sit up and let his legs go down. When I got back to the room I asked him how that felt and he said wierd, I said that at least it would take pressure off his back which he has been so miserable with.
Brad and I have looked at his Get Well cards today, he started to get sleepy so he will look at the well wishes from the caringbridge site that I printed off last Saturday, maybe sometime this afternoon. I will get the most recent printed for him also as soon as I get some time to do so.
Please pray that when they put the "filter" in later today that he does not end up back in ICU. I don't think that will be necessary but things have been crazy enough that i guess we will not rule that out as a possibility.
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!!