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very fit in the ICU

Biciclista2011-12-22 17:20:47 +0000 #1
as a lot of you know, my DH is in the hospital, having just had some drastic surgery to rid his body of cancer. In the ICU they don't expect to find athletic people. when your heart beats at 60 beats a minute and normal blood pressure for you is 115/80 that means if you are a little droopy (as most people are) the alarms in the ICU are constantly going off. Today, as DH falls asleep, his bp drops and the alarms go off, which then wake him up. it's kind of like torture. also a lot of pain meds drop the blood pressure so they have to give them other stuff to bring it up. they finally let my DH stand up this afternoon and he wanted to walk but because of his low BP they said if we let you walk we'lll get fired with those numbers.

pretty frustrating.
emily_in_nc2011-12-22 17:29:59 +0000 #2
Wow, that's interesting, Mimi. Who knew? I have lowish BP but not an incredibly low resting HR, and I don't recall having any of this when I was in the hospital for several days after surgery in 2005. I hope they will realize that RD's normal is perfectly healthy for him. Sorry you're having to go through this on top of everything else. Hospitals are not fun places to be, and I was SO relieved when I was able to go home.

Do they say when he will be released? Hopefully SOON!

Keeping you both in my thoughts...
yellow2011-12-22 18:01:29 +0000 #3
Hang in there, both of you. Sending positive thoughts to you, DH, and the hospital staff.
Muirenn2011-12-22 18:24:07 +0000 #4
Sending good thoughts to both of you Mimi.
Biciclista2011-12-22 18:29:51 +0000 #5
he will be in here for about 12 days, but hopefully only 2 more in ICU. yeah they told me they had an olympic athlete here that had the same issues...
jessmarimba2011-12-22 18:22:53 +0000 #6
Yikes! Hope all is going well!

Not related to BP, but my Raynaud's kept making the blood oxygen sensor go off because I was freezing and it would cut off the blood supply to that finger. One of the nurses taught me how to turn the alarm off

Once I could walk I learned how to steal extra blankets, too.
ny biker2011-12-22 18:32:50 +0000 #7
Best wishes for you both -- I hope he recovers well.

When I have my blood pressure and heart rate checked during any visit to the doctor, there's a good chance they will look confused and check a second time, or ask if the numbers are always that low. Last year my pulmonologist said, "how much bike riding did you say you do?" And that was after I walked up 5 flights of stairs rather than take the elevator to his office.

My sister is a nurse in a critical care post-op unit -- I think I will ask her about this.
NbyNW2011-12-22 19:54:37 +0000 #8
How frustrating not to be able to rest! I wonder if RD's doctor can direct them to adjust the monitors so they can let RD sleep but still make sure he is safe?

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