Paul Ulsager

First post: Dec 5, 2016 Latest post: Mar 1, 2017
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Thursday December 1, 2016
10:30 am
 Paul decided he was going to get in shape, started a detox on Monday and  on Thursday I convinced him to workout with me at lifetime. While still at the gym he started having chest pains, and EMT's were called, they were transporting him by ambulance to St Francis and on the way there he went into cardiac arrest.  Although it doesn't sound fortunate, the fact that it happened somewhere where he received quality CPR and access to everything they needed, turned out to truly be a blessing.  They started CPR and once they got him to St Francis they were able to put him on a machine "Lucas"  which basically performs CPR on him.  

Given Paul's history and the fact his heart wasn't responding they contacted Abbott and determined they needed to transport him there,  while still in cardiac arrest they transported him to Abbott.  Once there they immediately put him on  "ECMO" heart lung bypass machine or Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, a machine that circulates his blood for him and adds in oxygen. They then went in removed the clot that had formed in the same artery where he had a stent 4 years ago.  They added another stent where the previous one was and I believe they added another stent in adjacent artery. He ended up being on Lucas or having CPR performed on him for a total of 90 minutes!! 

They then cooled the body to lower his metabolic rate to preserve his tissues and neurological function.  They have him on machines to let his heart rest, the ECMO to allow for intrinsic recovery of his lungs and heart, a balloon pump that is in his aorta that does the pumping for his heart, and a ventilator.  They have him in an induced coma to give his body time to rest and recover will evaluate daily.  

Able to see Paul lots of machines, tubes, meds.  Before we were able to go in he woke up and followed commands and squeezed nurses hand so very good sign no brain damage.  They increased sedative and will keep him sleeping for a few days, but are going to start warming up body since he has responded.

Friday December 2, 2016
Met with doctor and he was very optimistic there was no organ damage so overall Friday was a good day!!

Saturday December 3, 2016
Since Paul was doing so well, wanted to take a scope down throat and take a look, and then suctioned blood out of lungs.  The Lucas is a great machine but with compressions for so long, had some bleeding and damage, but all ribs look good.  It is a balancing act to keep blood thin enough to go through ECMO, and get blood to clot in lungs to heal there.  We brought him a basketball that was signed from all the girls on his basketball team.  Very Sweet!!!

Sunday December 4, 2016
No news is good news, he is improving day by day, opened his eyes a couple of times for me and Hannah.  Pattie brought a little Christmas tree to add a little Christmas to his room.  Hopefully tomorrow we will be able to take him off ECMO.

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