Quick Update in Understanding the Unthinkable

  • April 16, 2017, 5:29 p.m.
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Just a quick note to let you all know that my brother is not out of the woods (lung biopsy tomorrow, endoscopy on Wednesday) but the “super oxygen” and “super antibiotics” (vico-something) has helped and he is feeling MUCH better: smiling, far less pain, good color, etc.

When I saw him yesterday, I was afraid he was going to die within days. Part of my e-mail yesterday:

“We went to Tampa today to see [Brother]. He had a bad night on Friday and was still struggling when we arrived Saturday. His breathing was rapid and shallow, he had a lot of pain in the ribcage area, sensitive to touch, and his fingernails looked blue-ish/purple-ish. His oxygen setting was pushed up to 8 and having a tough time with mucus like glue. [SIL] called the ambulance and we met him at the hospital ER. This time, she took him to St. Joseph’s and the doctor and the hospital response team was MUCH better (so was the food).

[Brother’s] pulse was 30-42, respitory was 100, and heart at 126.

They gave him a super dose of oxygen and his color got better. He started flirting with the nurse (complimenting her “razor sharp eyebrows”) and complaining to the blood guy (“I’m turning into a pin cushion!”). So we left, but then got a call from [SIL] that [Brother’s] doctor came in with the scans and the news wasn’t good: left lung is collapsed, right lung is filling up and a “mass” or “congestion” was outside the lung, as well. The word “lymphoma” was mentioned. The doctor is giving him meds to reverse the blood thinners, is also giving him super doses of antibiotics, and will be doing a lung biopsy tomorrow. They also plan to catheter his heart. They expect that he’ll be on a ventilator after the biopsy.

He told me to be sure and tell everyone hello and thanks for the love and prayers.”

This hospital is working together as a team. The difference between them and Tampa General is like night and day.

Easter dinner was great and we got to facetime with my brother which lifted everyone’s spirits. Well, that, and they all got lots of leftovers to take home, too. As usual, I made WAY too much. My older brother’s ex-wife and his son came. It’s like now that he’s gone, they feel they can be friends with me. I’m happy to have them. They’re still in deep pain over Mark’s death and I think they want closer ties. They left early so they could drive to Tampa to see my younger brother, but it was a good new first for us all.

Wishing everyone who celebrates a joyful, blessed, peaceful Easter. Risen, indeed!

Ferret Mom April 16, 2017

There is a lot to be concerned about, but I am glad he is feeling better than he was and this hospital staff has their stuff together.

ConnieK Ferret Mom ⋅ April 16, 2017

Me, too!

Ferret Mom ConnieK ⋅ April 17, 2017

You were talking about how at the previous hospital none of the doctors were on the same page and coordinating. You were right SO right. Look how different it is at this place!

Still, I realize how serious it is with your brother's health. But at the same time I am relieved to see the difference it is making when you have doctors doing what you said they should have been doing all along.

ConnieK Ferret Mom ⋅ April 17, 2017

It's like night and day between the hospitals. I think we ALL feel better about the change.

A Pedestrian Wandering April 16, 2017

SO pleased he is doing a little better and that family time was good. It's amazing how just the smallest things (better color in someone, people wanting to gather) make such a huge difference.

GypsyWynd April 16, 2017

So glad he is doing better. Will keep the prayers coming.

ConnieK GypsyWynd ⋅ April 16, 2017

You are a peach. Thanks.

QueenSuzu April 16, 2017

Encouraging news as to your brother and as to your ex-SIL and nephew.

ConnieK QueenSuzu ⋅ April 16, 2017

My brother is still facing a lot of challenges but I'm grateful for any relief. Ex-SIL & nephew are still shell-shocked. We are all going to make more of an effort to connect with each other.

Shattered April 16, 2017

Praying for your brother.

ConnieK Shattered ⋅ April 17, 2017

Thanks so much, Storm.

Ragdolls April 17, 2017

(((HUGS))) for you & Prayers for your brother.

ConnieK Ragdolls ⋅ April 17, 2017

Thanks for both, Ragsie.

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