Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Last night, she added a new symptom of moaning on her every outgoing breath- all night. Very disconcerting. It wasn't so much a pain moan as an "I'm tired moan". (I could agree with her as I didn't really sleep too much either.)
All day today I've noticed her fatigue. She didn't open her eyes as often, and seemed to sleep more deeply today than usual.
This evening her new symptoms include "wet breathing" which is a sort of gurgling sound that sounds like she should clear her throat or swallow, but according to the nurses, her swallow functions are not working too well anymore. They've suctioned out the spit that's accumulated several times, and given her some medicine but she still sounds a lot like a percolating coffee pot or a rattling noise. Not a good sound.
I am assured that it doesn't hurt. In fact it's harder on the person listening than it is on the the person going through it. Still it can be predictive that things are slowly shutting down.
Time is suspended while I am here, particularly as I have pretty much been living here for the last the last 18 days because though I have left the hospital for the odd afternoon or evening, I pretty much sleep and eat here. It's like being an expat in a foreign country.