(3rd Blog Post by “Bert & I” on Behalf of Hospitalized Ali)
Not unexpectedly, Ali had a tough 1st night in ICU. With anesthesia worn off and the surgery intubation tube still lodged in her throat, she was unable to communicate to her nursing team her extreme pain … and she did not sleep at all. This situation naturally frustrated Ali and was relieved only when by dawn she thrashed about so violently that her brother Mattias and Mother were called into the ICU to get a handle on her distress.
Rounds of consultations with consulting physicians resulted in agreement to remove the intubation tube and administer morphine round-the-clock for a couple of days until her post-surgery inflammation subsides. Wthin minutes after morphine administration, Ali’s pain and consequent emotional distress were substantially relieved.
Resting better now…
The backdrop here is that Chinese physicians are trained to make very light use of narcotics of any type, essentially to minimize risk of masking relevant patient symptoms. But in Ali’s case, there was nothing to mask, as it is crystal clear why she is in so much pain.
By early afternoon, with her pain greatly reduced and spirits rising, chief neurosurgeon Dr. Liu decided to discharge Ali from ICU and move her back to her room on the 7th floor. He personally supervised her move, and tonight she is resting relatively comfortably in her own room at Tongren Hospital.
Back to base from ICU …
1… 2… 3… All together Now! (Gurney-to-Bed transfer)
Chief Neurosurgeon Dr. Liu supervised ICU transfer
All-in-all, then, Ali has come through her complex surgery in good enough shape to have been discharged from ICU after just one day (versus 2-3 days earlier projected) and it appears she is likely to be feeling better with each passing day.
Joking with best friend Dr. Zhu Hui… 🙂