Jimmy Moore's Journal
Written Aug 14, 2011 12:57pm
Jimmy is still resting and healing... he looks comfortable.
He still looks pretty sedated from his painkillers. In fact, the nurse told me today they were going to stop one of the painkillers and supplement it with another. They want to see if they can get him more lucid and awake.
His blood pressure is the best it's been since surgery, so that's certainly good news.
He had some fluid sacs sitting on his eyes yesterday which looked like tears forming that wouldn't roll out. I was waiting for them to fall... and when they didn't I Iooked closer and started inspecting. The nurse told me it's how the eyes swell... and since he had head surgery it was pretty common. Good news is that the swelling looks a lot better today.
They did have to bring the ventilator back up a notch today, only because he wasn't taking as many breaths per minute as they would like. Nurses told me that doesn't mean they won't bring it back down later today when he's feeling stronger.
His spine surgeon apparently came by today before I was in there. He was pleased with how his incisions were healing and said something about putting him on Spine Spasm medication... sounded like it was a proactive move, pretty normal.
I was in there when he was getting his mouth, nose and face cleaning for the day. I love to see how he's getting taken care of. They are really good about cleaning and moistening his mouth on the regular, so he doesn't get too dry. Nurse said I could put chap stick on him if I wanted, so I took out my vanilla Soft Lips (no color, don't worry) and started putting it on him. She said they'd actually prefer Chap Stick brand chap stick because it's not flammable.
So I went down to the gift shop and they only had cherry flavored. So he'll get a little cherry taste, which I suppose won't hurt.
They do have what's called a 'bite blocker' in his mouth. He was chomping down on that breathing tube, which led to a couple of scary moments. So to prevent that... he's got a purple gadget in his mouth.
His feedings are going well. And nurses say what's going in... is coming out. So no worries there. :) Earlier this week, he was having a tough time with acid reflux. They put him on some medication for that which seems to be working wonderfully. And we all know -- that noursihment will help with the healing process.
Nurses seem pleased with how things are going today, which makes for a good day for me.
I can't believe tomorrow will be a week since his accident.
What a week it's been.
Jimmy, Saturday Morning
Written Aug 13, 2011 10:31am
When I saw Jimmy this morning, he was positioned on his right side. He seems to be doing the best on that side, in terms of comfort. His blood pressure seems to do better there, as well. They have to rotate him every two hours to prevent ulcers.
He's completely off his blood pressure medicine and able to maintain that by himself.
His body temperature dropped a bit last night, so they put a warming blanket on him. That got him where he needed to be, but then later his temperature went the other way. Right now, he's back to normal.
Something else the nurses are watching... he's got some secretion (gunk) in his lungs. It just the stuff you'd normally cough up that he can't. So they keep suctioning all of that out, but decided to put him on some antibiotics to try and tackle it that way. They say they may go in with a scope and clean it out, and take a specimen to see what they're dealing with.
The nurses said he indicated to them he was in pain, so they gave him some Morphine. He seems to be resting comfortably right now.
I went in for a little while to let him know I was there.
This morning was tough for me. I guess I expected he'd be futher along by now. But as dear friend Jennifer remined me, he had a major surgery and a major accident less than a week ago.
His vitals seem to be doing fine.
The most asked question: "Is he off his breathing tube yet?"
Believe me. I will scream it from the rooftop when he is. He's still doing good with his breathing though. Numbers remain strong. But because of the healing process and the trauma he's been through, they don't want his body to work too hard right now. Understandable. On the flip side of that, doctors don't want him to become reliant on the ventilator. So they are challenging him as I mentioned in prior journal.
I also get... "Any news on his movement?"
He's still got a lot of recovering to do before we can address that. We need to work on getting him out of ICU.
As much as I worry, I think overall he's doing good. Heard a doctor say there's nothing "troublesome" with his condition. His nurses have been great. They are really good about explaining to me what they're doing when they're doing it and updating me on what I've missed.
I talk to him a lot. I keep asking nurses if he can hear me. They always say yes, eventhough it looks like he's sleeping. They say he won't really remember it though.
So I talk with him. Sometimes I say "You're doing so good!" and he'll shake his head no. Sometimes I say "Just relax and rest." He'll shake his head no. Think that's his way of saying... "This sucks, stop telling me that!" :)
His main source of communication is nodding right now. Can't do much more, obviously.
It looks like he's moving foward, not backwards. So that's good, however long it takes.
Four Surgeries in Four Days
Written Aug 12, 2011 5:21pm
Earlier this morning, Jimmy went in for his fourth surgery. This wasn't a major surgery in the grand scheme of things, maybe even a procedure.
He got what's called Integra put in his head to help the area grow. Think it's like an artifical membrane. They said it's like a template to help that part of the head grow back.
His head gash was so deep that it exposed skull. However, we're extremely lucky that we're not dealing with a brain injury. Jimmy is still Jimmy, and that is the most important thing.
His breathing improved last night. The respiratory team came in to test him, and he rose to the occasion. As a result, team took down the ventilator a notch. We certainly want to get that uncomfortable, giant tube out if his throat. This is a postive step in that direction.
I know It will come with healing. But he just hates that thing. He's actually been biting it a lot lately and getting fussed at by the nurses.
I think everyone wants Jimmy to heal right now, including myself.
I have to keep telling myself that this is going to be a long process... and Jimmy loves to tell me... "Baby Steps."
He's the strongest person I know. He gets a lot thrown at him. At all times. Everyday.
As a good friend Sandra says "You don't come to the hospital to rest."
His strength makes me stronger.
He's truly amazing.