Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Vicki News

She’s still got the NG tube and a tracheotomy because her throat is too swollen from the breathing tube. They hook her up to the ventilator at night but she’s breathing on her own during the day. They took the staples out of her arm (don’t know which one or even that it was injured) Sunday. She is awake and can mouth some words but not able to talk. She tried to write something on Sunday but wasn’t able to get it done so I’m not sure if it was because of her confused state or if it was because her hands wouldn’t hold the pen.

We found out there were only two cars involved – hers and the Cadillac.

We found out this afternoon that she’s being moved from ICU to a private room. I guess her insurance will pay for private duty nursing so that is truly a blessing. Lonnie is going to try to get her moved closer to home, which will be nice for all of them. Poor Lonnie is running herself ragged trying to be everywhere she needs to be. As the primary caretaker, I know it's tough and is extremely draining.

Lonnie posted some pictures that she took over the weekend. Vicki is very bruised, which probably causes its own pain. One on the inside of her left thigh is huge and looks very painful. Her face is not nearly as bruised as I thought it would be, so that's a blessing. The airbag probably saved her face from being really messed up.

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