Friday, May 16, 2014

Medical Update

We met with anesthesia today.  Although we weren't supposed to meet with a doctor (we didn't know this until the day before and were rather irritated about that!), once the nurse practitioner heard about her airway issues, she got an anesthesiologist to come speak to us.  We were really impressed with the doctor, who acknowledged how educated we are on Abby's issues and immediately started working on the game plan.  In just a few hours, she had orchestrated everything and was able to secure an OR so that Abby could be intubated there rather than in the MRI room.  This is much safer and allows the anesthesiologist to have everything he/she needs to perform a fiberoptic intubation.  This is the only type of intubation that Abby can have (she has never been successfully intubated, but our Ent tested this out and felt that this was our best bet.), so having everything set up is very important.  We were pleased with how serious this doctor took Abby's case and with her efficiency!!  I love efficient people. :)

There were a few glitches with what else was going to be done at the same time as the MRI, which resulted in a few elevator rides to other floors, but we got that worked out.  Abby also had to get some surprise bloodwork that resulted in some tears, but the magic tutu helped her be brave!

The MRI, ct scan, pulmonary functioning test, and X-rays will take a total of 4-5 hours.  (MRIs are usually much shorter, but this is a dynamic MRI and takes a lot longer).

We are on our way home now.  It was a long day, but we are glad we were able to talk out the plan and get everyone on the same page.

Our next appointments will be with the general surgeon and the MRI on the 28th-29th.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very happy you had a productive day! Thinking about you all!
Britta

Raelyn said...

Julie....
I'm back!! Did you miss me?! ;)
You're in my thoughts and prayers, Friend!! ;-D
Love you later, Raelyn