A couple of smiles
Iain was a different person today. As Dr. Said, the fantastic critical care attending said, he was three times as sick yesterday and bearing in mind he is in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit that was really saying something. I have to admit the nadir of yesterday came as Iain's lung collapsed and suddenly there were a lot of people not moving and just looking into Iain's room where there was already a large crowd again saving his life. It was almost surreal. Fortunately, his symptoms have abated and today we have been able to communicate.
Ultimately, the consensus after numerous consults was that Iain had neuroleptic malignant syndrome. This is a rare (of course because it is my son) life threatening reaction to certain anti-anxiety (oh the irony) drugs. Although they have not completely discounted sepsis everything points to this syndrome, particularly as he turned the corner so quickly. So today he was able to communicate and indicated that he wanted to go home NOW. Failing that, he wanted to go for a tour around the ward. Unfortunately, given that he is still on the ventilator, dialysis (he went back on yesterday when everything was so dire) and another chest tube not to mention the umpteen meds, leads and lines going in and out of him, it was a bit out of the question.
Have I mentioned recently how amazing these doctors, nurses and therapists are? I would like to name them all but am afraid I might inadvertently miss one. Not one person panicked yet they were all driven by the same urgency to save Iain yesterday.
It was hard to leave him tonight as he was more aware and far less sedated. In the end Sarah and John dragged me out as the doctors and nurses wondered if I was ever going to leave my son alone so he could sleep.