Kirsten Is Recovering – Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Kirsten is moving to a step-down unit on R4. She was sitting in a recliner and eating her dinner when I returned tonight. The girls and Soni were visiting with her; the girls were telling Kirsten all about their first day of school.

I’m very glad the function of Kirsten’s recover at the present point has a positive derivative.


Kirsten looks really great. She was having her spa treatment when I visited after work, so I didn’t stay. I spoke with her doctors, though. She’s being moved out of SCU when there is bed availability in a step-down unit.

Hemoglobin is steady at around 8.6 grams per deciliter, which is low, but not falling. No word from neurology or oncology.

Being at work today was so difficult. I absolutely hate that I have to be away from her all day. Too bad life doesn’t have any time-outs.


Today is my first day working at Auto Europe. It’s a two week delayed start, for which I am immeasurably grateful to my new boss and company. I would not have left Kirsten alone at the hospital, but at least I didn’t have to worry about looking for a new job when Kirsten became stable.

The first morning has been fine. The members of the team I’m working with are all very kind and have asked about Kirsten. There is a lot to learn, and I enjoy it, but my mind is constantly and distractingly at Maine Medical Center.

I stopped by to visit Kirsten on the way in this morning. Her nurse today is Christina, who is wonderful (and super cute). Kirsten didn’t sleep well. When I was there she still had the EEG leads glued to her scalp, and was ordering breakfast. She was alert and seemed happy. When I left, apparently, she became distressed and her heart rate shot up dramatically. She was stressed and anxious. I’m glad I didn’t know about it, or I wouldn’t have made it in to work. Christina gave her a sleeping aid, which knocked her out.

I blasted over to the hospital during my lunch break. She was sleeping and had the EEG leads removed. They’re moving her from SCU 4 to a step-down unit, probably on R4.

I’m keeping my phone nearby, and will run back over after work this afternoon.

4 Replies to “Kirsten Is Recovering – Tuesday, September 4, 2012”

  1. …and how was school? Perhaps you could ask the girls to write a post on, if they have time.

    1. LOL. Great minds think alike. Today I had them write about camp, Kirsten being in the hospital, and their recent visit to New Hampshire.

  2. That is awesome. Brent, I need a lesson in how to set up a blog for my little guys so they can keep me up to date while I am on the road. I know zero about html or web publishing. But I digress.

    So glad to hear things are under a semblance of control again. Love you guys.

    1. Let’s fly to Seldovia, Alaska for a weekend and I’ll teach you everything you need to know about setting up a blog. 🙂

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