Susan Halverson's Journal
Written Aug 21, 2013 11:34pmYep, that's right. The trach is out and Sue will be going home on Friday. She is doing very well, however her blood gas levels are still a bit elevated. This is normal for her. We believe she will have a sleep study conducted shortly after going home. This is through a separate facility. Once this is complete they will determine if she needs to have a CPAP machine at night. If I was a betting person I would wager $100 on her walking out of that study with a new CPAP machine. But I am not much of a gambler. :)
we are now excited to get her home to get stronger. And then get her up to the lake where she can relax.
Thanks again everyone for the updates in the guest book, all the emails, and the tributes (donations) made on behalf of Sue to caring bridge. Our family is so grateful to have family and friends like all of you.
Enjoy the rest of this gorgeous summer. Stay healthy.
Peace and love to you all.
Written Aug 16, 2013 10:44amHello All,
Sue continues to be doing very well. She has been able to stay off all ventilators and CPAP machines at night and during the day. Her trach is completely plugged and she is just getting a small bit of oxygen through a cannula.
The doctors are meeting this morning to figure out when she can get the trach taken out. I am very hopful this will be early next week. Once the trach is out, her neck will have to heal.
Sue has been doing great with all the PT. She is able to walk up a few steps and back down. She takes nice long walks down the hallways. If it wasn't for the pain in her back she would be able to walk without stopping.
I will update again soon...when I know the date of the trach removal.
Hope you are all enjoying this beautiful weather we are having. It is really hard to stay at work. :)
Written Aug 5, 2013 9:15amGood Morning!
I wanted to let you all know that Sue will be moving out of Abbott and into Regency Transitional Care Center. This transitional care facility is located in Golden Valley.
The address is:
1300 Hidden Lakes Parkway
We had a care conference on Wednesday of last week and the pulmonologist thought that Sue has the chance to wien off the trach. Therefore, she will be going to Regency where they are very good at teaching and preparing people to live without a trach. We are very hopeful that Sue will accomplish this goal.
Everything else seems to be going very well for Sue. I hope that we can keep this momentum going.
Sue will be able to have visitors at Regency. A few of you have sent me emails. I will respond soon. For those of you that would like to visit, I will try to get a schedule down for when Sue would be available. Please email me.