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Posted 2017-06-15T17:48:20Z

Second Update

This is Day 6 in the hospital for Betty and Maureen. The staff here has been great and we have high confidence in the care they are getting here at St. David's.


Maureen has made good progress. She is on lower doses of pain meds, no longer using a self dose button and has continued to work hard with her physical therapy fighting through the discomfort. She is moving this afternoon to a skilled nursing facility for inpatient rehabilitation. She will be transported via ambulatory services to the facility in Lakeway, TX called Brookdale.  Once there she will be evaluated by doctors and therapist, who will determine a therapy plan that will meet the goal of getting her ready to move back home. 

Address of Maureen's new location:

Brookdale Lakeway
1915 Lohmans Crossing Rd.,
Lakeway, TX 78734



Betty will continue to be treated in the STICU unit, room 6, at St. David's South, at least through the next 4 days, before being moved to the same skilled nursing facility for rehab. Her progress has had it's ups and downs with no serious set-backs. She had a really positive day on Tuesday with a tolerable level of pain, good progress with physical therapy and a decent appetite.

Wednesday and today have been a different story. She's experiencing pain with the sacrum fracture, and a lot of nausea, which they are making every attempt to address. She was able to eat very little yesterday and this morning due to her discomfort. She was given a blood transfusion Tuesday night due to her blood count being low. It's likely, she was slightly anemic when the accident occurred and she might be having blood loss in the area of the fractures. The exact reason is not known. The initial scans did not indicate internal bleeding but they are re-evaluating as a possible reason she is having nausea. 

Respiratory therapy is still being done when she is able to participate, which has been limited these past few days.  The doctor has determined thoracentesis, which is a procedure to remove fluid from the space between the lungs and the chest wall, is needed to improve the collapsed lung. This is done with a needle and will be done this afternoon. 

We want to thank our husbands, and other family members for all their help and support. 





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Comments (4)

  • Janet James
    Janet James

    Thank you so much for the update. Please tell Maureen, Janet and Jim are thinking of her and saying a prayer for her and her mom.

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Ann Hicks
    Ann Hicks

    Thank you for the update. We are all very concerned about Betty and hope and pray that her condition starts improving again. Please give her love from the Amarillo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, as well as all her Amarillo friends! Ann Hicks

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Mary Bowen
    Mary Bowen

    Denise, Thank you so much for posting this information. Your Aunt Maureen is my good friend and I miss her here in Olympia. I know she was so excited to get to Texas to be near her family. Please let her know that my thoughts and wishes are with her and her mom. There are many of us here who care, so thank you again for keeping us up-to-date. If I can in any way be of help, please do not hesitate to contact me. Mary Bowen, 360.455.0162, [email protected]

    4 years ago · Reply
  • BJ Oppermann
    BJ Oppermann

    To Betty and Maureen , Your Amarillo group of friends and admirers is full of good wishes. We send love and hope for less pain and more quick healing. You are in our hearts!

    4 years ago · Reply