Friday, January 15, 2010

allergic reaction

Claire has had a successful surgery, thanks be to God. I was able to see her briefly and speak with the surgeon and anesthesiologist. Right now they are treating her for an anaphylactic reaction--she was allergic something used during the operation. The reaction was severe: her blood pressure dropped and she was having trouble breathing; she is swollen and red. They said it usually passes in a couple of hours and are giving meds to counteract. She will need to see an allergist to determine what caused the reaction.

6 pm update: she has recovered from the anaphylaxis, but that episode delayed removal of the breathing tube until tomorrow. She will also be sedated a little longer than normal, so she won't wake up until tomorrow. The nurses are doing a great job, and even asked me about her favorite ways of being soothed. I said the "Wheels on the Bus" song, and stories about the exploits of mice or squirrels. Though, honestly, she prefers coyote stories.

4 comments:

Nanna said...

Thanks for the update on the dear sweet girl. I'm sorry for the allergic reaction, but thankful for the quick response of the medical team. We continue to pray for Claire's recovery and all those who care for her.
I didn't know Claire was enjoying stories about squirrels at this time. So I wrote her a little story this morning and posted it on my blog, pennievan.blogspot.com. You can look it up and read it to her and if she likes it, let me know and I'll write another one. I've got lots of photos on hand and I love the squirrels at the park and in our back yard. Love & prayers, Mom

Dymphna said...

Thanks for the update.

Linda said...

How awful to have a reaction!! Icky yucky no good for Claire-bee! :( I think if I'm here in the summer, we should have a girls sleepover and see if we can see and hear all the wild animals....esp the coyotes at night!! xoxo

Linda said...

How awful to have a reaction!! Icky yucky no good for Claire-bee! :( I think if I'm here in the summer, we should have a girls sleepover and see if we can see and hear all the wild animals....esp the coyotes at night!! xoxo