Monday, May 17, 2010

Cough baby cough

The great news tonight is that Shannon has regained her cough reflex. That means that the coma medication is finally starting to wear off. Her pupils haven't changed since this morning and she doesn't have a gag reflex, but it is the first sign of recovery. By small miracles will great ones come to pass.

Shannon was stable most of the day. Her ICPs have remained down despite coming off the paralytic. She continues to have a lot of lung secretions that need to be suctioned out but that goes with the pneumonia. The coughing has occurred with suctioning which has helped get those deep secretions out. They haven't been able to start her tube feeds back up but hopefully tomorrow. The EEG is constantly active showing us that she has good brain activity. The swelling in her face continues to improve.

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