Kirsten is sleeping. Finally.
She has had a plethora of EEG sensors glued to her scalp, which makes her look even more like a cyborg than before. She will be connected to the EEG for continuous monitoring for twenty-four hours. The EEG software is running on the Windows operating system, which makes me very nervous. After the first BSOD, will I have to jump in and reformat the HDD?
I’ve stated here before that I am very skeptical that Kirsten is experiencing seizures. She is on high levels of stress hormones, and the episodes have basically stopped. I think most of the evidence points to endocrine imbalance as the cause of the episodes, and hope they’ll subside as her hormones are brought to stable, healthy levels.
The surgeon just came in and talked to us about the internal bleeding. We were reminded, once again, how close Kirsten came to dying. That’s always nice to hear. He thinks the subcutaneous and internal bleeding were both related to inadequate clotting caused by liver stress. Sounds plausible.
Dr. Brodsky stopped by and said he’s not changing anything, since she looks great, feels good, and is eating well.
After four short hours of sleep, I awoke and headed up to Maine Medical Center to see Kirsten. Before I left I phoned Kirsten’s night nurse, Angela, who said Kirsten had a very good night. Maggie had gotten herself transferred to SCU 4 so she could be with Kirsten. She was in very good hands, and received excellent care.
I arrived early to the hospital so I could be there for the medical team’s rounds. It was only me and three doctors; weekend staffing is much smaller. They didn’t say anything I didn’t already know. When they talked about NPO and diet her day nurse, Gail, suggested they start slowly: clear liquids followed by other liquids and then on to solids as tolerable. I told them Kirsten had an appetite and was asking for food immediately after the embolization, so the attending removed her NPO order and said she could eat whatever she liked. No restrictions! Kirsten ordered an omelet, banana, potatoes, orange juice, and blueberry yogurt, and ate most of it, requiring no mechanical assistance.
The SCU team is primary while she’s here. They’ll likely move her to a floor later today if vitals remain unremarkable, after which the hospital team will take over, with Dr. Diamond-Falk attending. I spoke with her this morning. She’s great!
Kate visited briefly and brought me a dirty chai latte from Bard Coffee. I had picked up a venti dirty chai–two shots, no water–from Starbucks on the way, but had inhaled it.
Kirsten’s friend Ann from R9/CICU also visited briefly, which was nice.
The girls stayed another night in New Hampshire with Mark and Cindy. They have been canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, and having all manner of fun. I miss them, but it’s been very good for them to be away the last twenty-four hours.