Friday, September 23, 2011

Things are looking up. . .

Dr. McGregor came by mom's room at 4 p.m.

She said that she is still relatively unsure of whether the blood is from a stroke or just a brain hemorrhage.  After the CT scan yesterday, she believes that mom is improving all around. The hydrocephalus in her brain is improved drastically, the pathways are opening up even more, etc. 

Dr. McGregor is going to start weaning mom off of the decadrol and  mannitol (anti-inflammatory drugs that reduces the swelling and decrease the pressure). Hoping to have dosages on these meds down to nothing by Monday. As of now, mom is taking half the dosage from when she first got here.

The physical therapist came by today and said mom was off to a great start. They want to be sure mom can walk down the hallway and up and down stairs before she leaves.  Occupational therapy will be coming by on Monday to make sure mom can tie her shoes, get dressed, etc., by herself.

As far as we know, we are still making the trip to MD Anderson on October 4th, and Dr. McGregor said that the blood will be mostly, if not all the way gone by then.  YAY! Houston here we come!

Written/posted by Samantha

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