Journal entry by Stephanie Fay — 8/9/2016
Nancy slept off and on overnight after a sweet, laughter filled day. Sounds like the plan today is to have two MRIs — one of her heart and the other of her brain. Then we’ll go from there. Still no clear answers about why this happened. The MRIs may shed some light. The main cath lab doc who worked on her right after she arrived on Friday said it may just remain a mystery. Either way (explanation or no explanation), she will likely leave the hospital with an internal defibrillator which will automatically shock her heart should she ever go into VFib again.
Another of her docs today said folks with her sort of cardiac arrest often spend two weeks in the hospital and then two more weeks in rehab. He then said he expects Nancy’s trajectory to be shorter. It’s nice to have some sort of expectation but, naturally, we will take it day by day.
Nancy’s voice is returning, and she’s been busy schmoozing her nurses, especially in her quest for ice chips. Nothing but mouth until she has a swallowing assessment — standard procedure after ventilator removal. But she has been able to have a few ice chips, which she savors like crazy.
We both thank you for all your love and support. I’ve been reading a few of your posts to her. And we will definitely read them all in the days ahead. Together. I like that together idea a lot.
More as we learn it. Steph & Nancy