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16 November 2008 @ 04:11 pm
CEPT: Update on Benny (not good)  
He's not doing well. They've taken him off the ventilator a couple of times with no success (ends up back on the ventilator after 24-48 hours). He's now been moved from ICU to CCU because of a severe infection (type and origin unspecified). He's now drifting in and out of consciousness, rather than being conscious and lucid most of the time. Dale said something about "they're thinking about taking him off support and seeing how he does" (which doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me if he's already failed being weaned off the ventilator a couple of times, but then again, I'm getting this at least third-hand).

Continued prayers, equivalents, and analogs for the best possible outcome are appreciated. hedwig5221, if you want to visit him in the hospital, now would be a good time.
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Johnjohnpalmer on November 16th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
Well...
which doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me if he's already failed being weaned off the ventilator a couple of times, but then again, I'm getting this at least third-hand

I think it means they're considering withdrawing life support, for good or ill, and letting him die if he dies.

It might not be quite that dire, though. Made up example: I think hospitals want O2 saturation to be >X% when you're actually okay if your saturation is >Y%, with Y < X. Well, they might be artificially keeping him above X%, even though he never dropped below Y%. So, maybe it's time to see if he'll hang on at Y for a while, and then crawl back up to X, after a few days.
Janet Miles, CAP-OM: concernjanetmiles on November 16th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
I'm suspecting it's the former, and hoping maybe it's the latter. But yeah.
Ayesha: frodobrowngirl on November 17th, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
Meep.

*keeps hoping for him*