Before we left for the hospital this morning, Dr. Wilson called and said Rebecca’s latest chest X-ray showed no improvement, and they wanted to do a couple of procedures, and needed our permission. The first procedure they wanted to perform was a bronchoscopy, in the hopes of getting a better understanding of Rebecca’s problems. They also wanted to insert an A-line. Dr. Wilson told me of all the negative side effects, (they are rare, but possible), then when I was satisfied, he had me give my okay to two nurses—for the record.
At her bedside, around 1:40, the doctors did the bronchoscopy, and found Rebecca to have an extremely severe case of bronchitis. It presents as a fiery, angry red, Dr. Wilson told me later. Some portion (sorry to be so imprecise) of her left lung is also very red. The acute bronchitis is aggravating the asthma, thus the serious and lingering problem. Both her large and small airways are now constricted. The doctors are trying to grow new cultures, which, if any are there, should reveal themselves in a couple of days. The inflammation may be viral, in which case, antibiotics are of no use, and the body just must be supported until it can heal itself.
With great difficulty, after two doctor’s trying, they did get the arterial line in, so no more sticks for blood gases. The doctors did not try to wean Rebecca from the ventilator today, but tomorrow they will again make that attempt, if her situation at all warrants it. I believe it will.
Steve flew into San Diego from Houston today and he and Dearrah will drive up from San Diego tomorrow to be with Rebecca for a while. All her brothers call everyday, as do many friends. We have had to restrict her visitors to the ministry, immediate family and Holly. Rebecca just does not need more than that, and of course she cannot talk and is heavily sedated.
Thank you for your words of comfort and for your prayers. We cherish them and hold you dear.
1:00 AM Rebecca is having trouble sleeping, so they are giving her additional medication.
5:30 AM Rebecca slept fairly well until now. Since they inserted the A-line, her monitor records two blood pressure readings: one from a cuff, the other from the A-line. Her cuff pressure is now reading quite low, but the nurse believes it just may be positional, but they are closely monitoring this development. Everything else seems fine.