Deb has been having difficulty breathing for some time, and edema (swelling) in her lower legs, feet and abdomen. A CT scan of her chest was done yesterday afternoon looking for a cause for her breathing difficulty, and the results were negative. After the CT scan, Deb was unresponsive and her breathing extremely weak. The nurses immediately activated the Code Blue emergency response team and they arrived in seconds. They were unable to improve her breathing to a satisfactory level, and Deb was placed on a ventilator (breathing machine).
Deb was moved to ICU and is still on the ventilator and resting peacefully and sleeping deeply for the first time in weeks. She is being kept sedated so she will not feel the discomfort from the ventilator tube and to give her rest. The good news is that Deb is responsive; she never stopped breathing. When Andy and I speak to her she opens her eyes, turns her head and looks at us. She is unable to talk because of the tube in her mouth. On Thursday morning the doctor plans to do a spontaneous breathing trial to determine if Deb is able to breathe on her own and have the ventilator removed.
The doctors are encouraged by Deb’s responsiveness and we expect this to be a temporary situation. As always, please keep your love and prayers for Deb coming her way.