First the bad: My sister-in-law has had a stroke, and she's in the hospital on a ventilator. It was kind of a blow to the family, because she's always been one of those "take-charge", stalwart women and much loved by the entire family.
Now the good news: It looks like she's going to recover, but she'll need a lot of rehab, which starts next Monday after she's weaned off the ventilator. (This is done by decreasing the amount of oxygen and the amount of machine-initiated breaths, until she's completely - or nearly - breathing on her own. Right now she's on 30% of O2. You and I breathe 21% oxygen in room air.)
More good news is that I'm going to become involved in her at-home care with pulmonary rehab. I won't be able to administer any medications or do any invasive procedures (such as draw arterial blood or re-intubate her, God forbid), but I can help her with breathing exercises and helping with her physical and mental well-being.
And further good news is that I'll be feeling "productive" again, helping her and myself in the process. She'll have her very own pulmonary rehab guy, and I will be taking care of a patient again and helping her to feel better!
So, a mixed-emotions kinda thing: I am sorry she had the stroke, but I'm glad she'll recover and I will be happy to be useful again.
Excuse me, I'm gonna go put on my "Tarzan" loin-cloth, and do a little chest-beatin'! *LOL*
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