There has been little change in Ben today. Opening his eyes and / or talking is exhausting for him, so he “sleeps” endlessly with just some brief breaks of semi alertness. He hasn’t reached for electronics when I’ve been around, but I know he’s been able to send a few messages out. Don’t be alarmed if his communication is lacking.
His exhaustion likely stems in part from the fact that he is constantly being poked and prodded and therefore hasn’t had deep sleep, despite having had his eyes closed for the better part of the last 30 hours. (Well, that, coupled with the fact that his body has taken a severe beating. That’ll do it too. 😏).
At times his lack of energy for communication is amusing. For example, if he wants to hold hands he just flips and waves his hand around until he gets my attention, instead of using unnecessary energy to speak actual words. He had me thinking he was trying to reach for something so I was offering up everything in the room (water? Cold cloth? Barf bucket?) while he shook his head in annoyance at my lack of understanding. It looked like he was having a seizure. How can I get irritated when he just wants to hold hands? 😀
They were unable to start the blood thinners last night while he had an epidural, due to an increased risk of internal bleeding, so the doctor removed the epidural this morning and Ben started getting Heparin around 11:00. Tonight they increased the dose of Heparin as it wasn’t enough to change the blood tests for the better. They will test his blood again later.
(Earlier today I had a conversation with Dr B who said that he is not worried about the blood clot as long as Ben is getting Heparin. So that was comforting.)
Ben continued to vomit today and his stomach was very distended, so they placed an NG tube down his throat to suck up all the bile. That seems to have helped and he is less nauseous and has stopped throwing up. I will not gross you out with a photo of his stomach contents, but I will say that I never knew that dark forest green was a color that could emerge from our stomachs. Blech.
Currently he is running a bit of a fever. He is also really restless while he sleeps. (You may wonder why I add this type of info into the blog….it’s so that I can keep track of what’s going and so that I have a record of it. Otherwise I will forget. It’s not ALL about the reader! Lol)
Ben’s vitals were just taken, and again his oxygen is low (91) even while he is being given extra oxygen. (The alarm goes off if you drop to 89. He should be much higher, especially since he is being given oxygen constantly). Also, his resting heart rate is even higher tonight – 131 and it went up to 134 while they were checking. No wonder he is tired. It’s like he’s in a race while he’s laying in bed.
Breaking news! Awesome Nurse Lorraine just came in and told Ben she is moving him to a private room. Wahoo! I think it was It was my wit and charming personality that did it. (Either that or I am scaring the other patients. Hahaha.) Actually, she wants him in his own room because the nurses have to check on him so much that it’s disturbing to his roommate. (In reality, the roommate and his guests talk very loud and disturb Ben’s zen-like state, but either way it is Ben who gets the private room. So, yay! Sometimes you don’t need to achieve white shirt status to get the benefits. Heh heh! You have to be a Mountie to understand that joke.)
Alright…that’s enough of the Worst of Times. Now for the Best of Times. Here goes. This happened today…
(Zak is on the left)
And…he was awarded a $500 scholarship! AND I was told on the side that there is likely another $1500 in scholarships coming his way! Woohoo! He walks across the stage at the end of June right before the prom, which is when the other scholarships will be awarded. FINGERS CROSSED THAT BEN CAN BE THERE!!!! They are reserving seats for us right up front so that Ben is more comfortable. How do you like that?!
Thanks again to Beautiful Barbara of Buchanan (an alliteration to amuse Language Loving Lisa) for taking time out of her work day to sit with her youngest favorite brother (😉 Brett) when I couldn’t be here. And also to Jeff for skipping out on work at the taxpayer’s expense to sit with Ben for a bit. I won’t tell.
One last couple bit of fun here. This is Jaime and Dawson at the Athletes Awards Banquet last night:
And here is the athlete herself in action recently:
That’s Rae in the middle
And that is also Rae, in the middle
Have a joyous evening!
Hug your family. XOX