This morning Judy had the IVC filter procedure completed. She still has pneumonia and they plan to increase the dosage of antibiotics. Judy’s temperature is being regulated with Tylenol. She appears to be much more comfortable with the ventilator tube removed, but she is not responding at present.
6:30pm update: The PEG procedure was performed (bedside) around 3:30pm today and went well. Judy is sedated due to the recent activity, and we are praying that she is given some relief over the weekend from the poking, prodding and cutting. They also removed the additional monitoring wire she had in her heart.
9:00pm update: David spoke with Judy’s current nurse, who advised that her temperature is normal and that she is resting tonight. Per blogger Linda Minnich’s previous post (thank you Linda!), he inquired about Judy’s oral hygiene routine. When the ventilator tube was in place, Judy’s mouth and teeth were cleaned every four hours. Now that Judy has the trach, it will be up to each nurse as to how often her mouth is cleaned (less than with the vent tube, but at least twice per day). Also a big thanks to cousin Erin for her information on working past the trach procedure! If anyone has additional feedback or information on the procedures that have been posted, or anything else we may not be aware of that would be of help, please feel free to let us know.