Last night Tiffany and I sat together and read the comments to the last update. The stories and encouragement helped us at the end of a very hard day.
I haven’t had a chance to meet with the doctor yet this morning. Last night was uneventful. Claire was tired from the days events and slept accordingly. Her drug intake is lower, however, it is an ever changing cocktail of medicine as doctors seek to balance keeping her as comfortable as possible and making her discomforted enough to wake up. There’s no formula for her body, so doctors are frequently changing her dosages and adding or subtracting meds.
Tiffany felt encouraged this morning after her time with Claire. The night time nurse and Tiffany both see signs that Claire may be responding to Tiffany’s voice. Claire’s agitation is apparent and frequent now as she tries to wake herself up. While it’s hard to watch, Tiffany said that when she talks Claire’s vitals seem to moderate and her eyes seem to attempt focus on Tiffany’s face. It’s not conclusive, but it is enough to bolster our spirits this morning.
Claire is still on the ventilator. We don’t have a time line for getting her off the ventilator. It has to be operating at some key support levels before the doctors will discontinue use. We decreased support a little last night and will continue to decrease support throughout the day. It will be nice to get the tube out of her throat because it seems to be a major source of her discomfort.
So the waiting continues. This has been the longest break between updates and for those of you who are visiting the site often, I apologize for the delay. Thank you for continuing your prayers. I will post again after I meet with the doctor this morning.