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:
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.