Monday, November 17, 2008

Monday's Update

Dad is still sleepy but seems to be a little more coherent today. His blood thinners have been restarted today. Yeah. The neurologist was still in the hospital last evening so decided to go ahead and do the spinal tap before he headed home for the night. While doing the spinal tap, the doctor checked the pressure (I believe that would be Intracranial pressure) and it is within normal range. Everything went well with the spinal tap.

Fluid samples were taken to test the protein level and to be cultured. His protein level in the CSF is 95 which is elevated. The neurosurgeon said this morning that if it was absolutely necessary a shunt could be placed as long as his protein level is below 100, but he prefers to have the level below 50.

The neurosurgeon also said that in the CT Scan this morning he could see a slight improvement in the hydrocephalus. So he is wanting to give Dad more time to recover on his own. The fluid is sticky due to an elevated protein level so it doesn't move as rapidly. He isn't wanting to put in a shunt unless it is absolutely necessary. I am thankful for a surgeon who isn't rushing to do a procedure unless it is absolutely necessary. At this point, the plan is to do another CT Scan on Friday to see how things are proceeding in regards to the hydrocephalus and swelling in the brain.

We have not heard anything definite on the cultures of the CSF yet. I will let you know when I do.

OT (Occupational Therapy) was in today and she had Dad brush his teeth and shave himself. He wasn't able to finish shaving because it tired him out, but it is a start in the right direction.

Speech Therapy was in and said that his swallowing ability is definitely improving. She left instructions that he is to have bites of food throughout the day as he is awake. She said that he is still not alert enough to be able to focus enough to eat an entire meal at a time, but he could definitely start having some food. That is wonderful!

Lyndi said today that she got the impression from things Dad said that he is feeling rather discouraged. Please continue to pray for him not only physically but emotionally as well. It has been 6 1/2 weeks since the accident.

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