Friday, February 20, 2009

That Was A First

I got a call from Dan's cell phone, with Garrett on the other end, saying that Dan was on his way to the hospital.
[Gulp] . . . "What's going on?" . . . "Dan has been up since 3 a.m. with high blood pressure." . . . [Oh no, not again!]

This was the first hospitalization without parents being around, and I was mentally in the car, zooming toward Ohio. Do the Dr's know about AD? His pacer? How about the nurses? Will they have his Nitro paste ready if his BP spikes again? How often will they check it? What are they looking for? and the brain raced on.

I was able to talk with the ER nurse, and then Dan, who assured me that he currently felt fine, and was taking care of everything. We discussed what was possibly going on with his high BP, [it was low the entire time I was there] and what specialists to bring in for consultation.

Dan was only hospitalized for 1 day, and the focus, possible causes for high BP is with his diet. There is something called Bowel Transit Time, which is severely hampered in Spinal Cord people.

Thanks to Garrett for his tireless care for Dan, and for Elizabeth & Morgan for spending time at the hospital, to give Garrett some needed R&R. Thanks for others who called and helped out in various ways.

God is Good

ps. keep Alex M [first pacer transplant] in your thoughts and prayers, as he has been in the hospital with a severe cold. Beth [the mom] has been running on overtime.


Amanda said...

Thank goodness all is well. To God be the glory!

Anonymous said...

Very comlicated!! I read up on the BTT u posted on..
SCI is sooooooo difficult and still so many variables. do not want to embarrass my dear friend alex but he can tell when he has urintated. He is a complete C1C2[also see posting] how can that be?
As always, praying for Dan Garrett,and family.
ps. Alex is doing much better. Has been in the hospital for 2 weeks now. I wouldnt be surprised if he goes home in a day or so. Beth will post as soon as she gets to a computer

Anonymous said...

So glad Dan is better.Hope you guys do well on your finals. I'll be praying for you and for safe travel on Thursday as you come home for spring break. Can't wait to have you back home Garrett.

Love and Miss you both,
Mom Boyer

P.S. Greg Laurie spoke @ Harvest on Sunday. Message was awesome. You can hear it on the Harvest Bible Chapel web site.