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July 28th, 2015 - Day 1 Post Surgery

His facial swelling has significantly decreased, his color has remained pink through the night & today, his breathing has remained calm while on the vent.  There have not been indications of internal bleeding from the chest walls which is a major hurdle thus far & the bleeding from his chest tubes is within normal limits.  He is still currently heavily sedated.  Earlier today, he had a heart echo to check R heart function, & he is receiving medications to pace & increase his heart rate in efforts to increase his BP & to help both ventricles contract better as they have been a bit sluggish.  They plan to proceed with decreasing sedation & try to wean him from vent, but they want to see improvements in the stability of his BP, monitored #'s relative to the pressure of the vessels servicing his neck & head, & his oxygen dependency on the vent before they trial extubating (removing the breathing tube) him.  Time will tell & all is determined by how Perry's new heart & lungs continue to function.  There have not been many alarming issues today & each visit continues to show improvements.  He has been able to briefly open his eyes, squeeze our hands, wiggle his toes, & gently nod to answer questions when the sedation meds are decreased.  He opened his eyes 5 times during my last visit without the decrease of sedation meds.  He is receiving excellent care from his healthcare team & has continued to receive 1:1 nursing care.  I am almost sure that he knows he is still "with us" & not dreaming.  He is receiving praise by all of us, & we are sharing all of the expressed love & support from all of you!!!!         

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Comments (4)

  • Marta Dhein
    Marta Dhein

    Hello to Perry and family!! I am so happy you have this site for updates! This is being shared with all of Perry's friends from Q Center. We are pleased with his progress so far and are keeping him in our thoughts and prayers for continued excellent progress.

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Gary Beu
    Gary Beu

    Dan McGrath thoughtfully made me aware of Perry's surgery and also this site. So glad to be able to stay in touch and appreciate the detailed updates. I'm encouraged by the early reports but know there are many challenges still ahead. Keep fighting the good fight, Perry! I'm praying and rooting for you!!

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Darlene
    Darlene

    Praying for you perry.your heart is so strong.god is with you and you have wonderful family and we have you all.thanks gods favor for sure.harvey and darlene strausbaugh

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Darlene
    Darlene

    Did some catching up.reading how much is going on perry.there's no doubt in our minds you are a fighter.god is with you.you are truly blessed with a very loving wife And children and all siblings and to many to count friends.god bless harvey and darlne.harvey is going along real good should be doing rehab real soon.isn't god so wonderful.amen

    3 years ago · Reply

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