Rachana showed such unbelievable progress that in about 10 days the doctors went from ‘she might never get off the ventilator’ to ‘she’s ready to get off the ventilator’. After a few days of breathing trails, turning the ventilator off during the day and just using some O2 support, the ventilator was switched off on Wednesday and… Read More ICU Day 77 – Off the ventilator
This week was rough for Rachana with two incidences of left lung collapse, and she is having a tough time recovering from them. Early in the week she was more awake and comfortable and also did two breathing trials for an hour each on consecutive days. She was also much more awake at night and… Read More ICU Day 64 – Keep going?
50 days in the ICU, in one room, on one bed, and barely moving a few inches – let that sink in……….. well, the reality is much more difficult than what you perhaps imagined. Rachana is stable but in critical condition, and the doctors think it’ll be like that for a while. Until she is on the ventilator she’ll… Read More ICU Day 50 – Stable but critical
Rachana is making slow, but much needed, progress. Her fever still shows up every 2-3 days. Last night it touched 101.5 and our hearts sank again, but she recovered well today. She is now fully awake and communicating, but not fully mentally aware. After all these days in the ICU, on a single bed, and… Read More ICU Day 45 – Long Road Ahead
So many of you have enquired, messaged, called, wished, and prayed for Rachana. I cannot thank you all enough. When she is back to being healthy I’m sure she’ll be overwhelmed hearing about this support and encouragement. All those wishes and prayers have to help her, there is no other way! Fever is now the… Read More ICU Day 42 – Cautiously optimistic
Last evening Rachana was battling a few issues; she had a fever that was almost at 103, had a bloated stomach, and her hemoglobin was at 6.8. The stomach situation got a little better when she had a bowel movement as she was probably gassy. They also stopped the feeding tube last night and changed it to suction this morning to… Read More ICU Day 21 – Setback
This is the ventilator that has been supporting Rachana’s lungs since Oct 6th. My reaction on most medical procedures and equipment usually starts with ‘It’s wonderful that they can do that’, but after a few days of watching it, sometimes my reaction changes to ‘This thing can get better. Technology can definitely make this a little better for… Read More ICU Day 18 – Spontaneous Breathing Trial