Saturday, October 3, 2009
Grandpa Ottley: Update 7
It has been over a week now since the heart attack and surgery. Last night, Grandpa was much more alert and calm. At times he still would get fidgety and a bit delusional. The nurse and doctor said this is common and is sometimes referred to as ICU delirium or "pump" head. Many times after bypass surgery, the patients demonstrate this tendency because of the lack of sustained sleep they have had, the medications they are taking, and the energy the body uses to heal. After speaking with the nurse this morning, they said he slept well and is showing really good signs of recovery. They would like to remove his chest tube today and have some evaluations done to verify if he can now have water or liquids.