Today was definitely an improvement over the last couple days and things seem to be headed down the road we were pushing for. Elizabeth was a lot more awake and alert for most of the day today and is asking for the pain meds less. The enzyme levels that they test for in her blood to determine how much her pancreas is leaking out are on the way down. These numbers are some of the major determining factors for needing surgical repair.
To give an idea, 2 of the tests that they were really focusing on for the pancreas are suppose to be under 100-roughly, but they peaked in the 1,100s. Luckily last night’s and this morning’s lab results showed that they are in the 400s-500s, still way off of normal but a huge step in the right direction. The 6 hour blood test have been backed down to once a day, which she was very happy about.
One of the surgical team members came in earlier today and said that things are leaning more and more towards no need for surgery. When we put him on the spot (doctors do not seem to like yes and no questions) he beat around the bush a little, but left us feeling confident that there will be no need for surgery-a huge relief for everyone. He also reassured us that the spleen has shown no signs of changing courses and should heal up fine on its own-again when put on the hot seat there was no positive answer, but he says it looks good so far.
When asked about the pelvis, he said he looked over the films again and still can’t find the break that the ER doctors saw when she first came in. Cheryl and I are leaning towards trusting the ICU surgical doctor more than ER doctors. She was also moved out of the Intensive Care Unit this afternoon and put in the Progressive Care Unit (has to be a good sign). See below updated information for contacting her.