Thursday, September 18, 2008


At about 6:00 tonight Callie was taken off of the ventilator. The doctors feel she is ready to try it again. I spoke to my dad around 7:45 and he said she had been breathing pretty rough because her airway is swollen so they helped her out by giving her a little bit of oxygen mixed with helium through a tube that sets in her nose. (No idea the name of it.) It seems to have helped her out and we are hoping that she will be able to continue to breathe on her own without the help of the ventilator.

Other than this there have been no big changes. She gets a little more responsive every day. It seems to be slow going right now but we are just so thankful that she is not regressing! If everything looks good after she has been off the ventilator for a while, they are contemplating removing the ICP Monitor, which is a needle that goes into her brain to measure the Inner Cranial Pressure.

I have been asked a few times by people if she is still in a coma. She is. It is not an induced coma. There is still the question of "Will she wake up?" We definitely have faith that she will.

My parents still have not received the results of the MRI. My dad says he expects it will be morning before they are shown everything. I am very anxious to hear what they have to say.

Please continue to pray for Callie. She can use every bit of help in this fight for her life.


Fullerton Family said...

I'm so glad she's back off the respirator! But dang doctors, could they hurry it up with the MRI results?! It was fun seeing you at the park today, love ya!


Hey, you mentioned in a previous post something to do with your parents clothes? I don't know, I want to help but I don't want to pester them. If they have extra clothes that need washing, I can wash them for them or whatever they need. From the sounds of it they have lots of people helping, but if they need more I am still here. Glad she is off and trying at it again!

Amber said...

Thank you for sharing Callie with me.

Fauna said...

I read your update every's part of my routine now. We are praying for her and your parents...I've lived through the coma of a friend and realize the high and low points. It sounds as if Callie is making slow but sure progress. She probably needs to stay "asleep" for a while longer in order to heal her little brain all the way.
Keep us posted. We are trusting in God.

butlerfam15 said...

It's called 'Heli-Ox' lol mom & cal

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