7/19

Hi Everyone,

We would like to continue to thank you for all of your support during this special time. It helps tremendously. Although we may not have time to respond to every email, text or message, they mean the world to us and we appreciate all of you. Today was a little better than yesterday. She is swollen, pretty bad. Her eye is bruised and swollen shut, her head is swelling…this was expected but hard to look at. It is supposed to get worse over the next two days so I’m a little nervous to see her tomorrow. She did get a fever today. This was also expected (fevers occur to try to fight the blood in the brain) but fevers too hight are bad for the brain. When you have a fever your brain works really hard to cool the body down. They do not want her brain to work but to rest and recover. Tylenol did not lower her fever, nor did ice packs so they put her on a cooling blanket. When I left this morning it was set at 65 degrees and she was already beginning to shiver. They lowered the blanket temp to 45 degrees for a while and she began shivering so bad the doctors thought she was having a fever. She was pissed about being cold, and her shivering combined with her raising heart rate and blood pressure (those raise when she is mad), they decided to take her off of the cooling blanket because the benefits outweighed the risks at that point. Tomorrows plan is to try to reduce the fever to prevent further strokes, make sure her brain is controlling the spasms (they are keeping a close eye on this) and keep her comfortable. This is all I know as of now!
Visitors, please be warned she does not look pretty. I am sure you all know this by now, but it is just a warning. She is pretty drugged so she has not opened her eyes in the past two days. I believe that she can hear you so please try to keep the thoughts/words positive and if you need to break down, please try not to do it in there. It is very hard, but we need to be strong. I know she pulls from our strength! She is at Lehigh Valley Hospital on Cedar Crest. She is on the 2nd floor, in the Jaindl Pavilion in the Center for Critical Care. Room 216. Gel your hands before and after your visit (I am being a little anal because I am worried about her fever :). Visitors are welcome at this time.
Please call/text me with any questions at any time.  Thank you again for your continued support and prayers. My mom loves each and every one of you. Have a wonderful night. 
XO
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