Glen was on dialysis through the night and tolerated it well, he will continue with this therapy for kidney failure until 4:00 PM today and then be off for the night. This has allowed for all but one medication for blood pressure support to be stopped (at one time he was on three different medications for this). His chest x-ray has improved and the infectious disease specialist is fairly confident he did not have a blood infection though will continue antibiotic therapy for another day. His biggest issue is his neurologic status. The neurologist believes he has significant brain damage since his examination today was essentially unchanged from yesterday. What this means is that he does not respond to deep, painful stimuli. He does occasionally open his eyes, but this is not in response to any specific stimulation. The neurologist is not optimistic about a recovery at this point. She will do another examination tomorrow though, along with a test to measure the electrical activity in his brain (EEG) and is considering doing another C-T scan.
When Glen was admitted Tuesday evening, the physicians told us that they always give the brain around 92 hours to recover from an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. We will be coming up on that time-frame tomorrow and will keep you posted on the findings. Thanks for all your thoughts, prayers and comments – they mean the world to us! We are all trying to stay positive and would appreciate it if all of you would as well. Keep praying, thank you so much.