Updates

Assalamu alaikum (peace be into you)

Since we’ve had a lot of people asking about how her health is (which we appreciate immensely, jazakum Allahu khayran), it will be easier if we update how she’s doing on the blog than respond individually to each call and text.

Her bp alhamdulilah is now 120/62, which is great! It’s been stable since last night. Her diarrhea is still there. She tested positive for occult (not sure about the spelling) which means blood in stool (sorry to get graphic) which could indicate colitis (inflamed bowel). She will probably need to get a colonoscopy and endoscopy.

The CAT scan showed no new strokes, so the main problem at this point is gastro-intestinal. Raised temperature is still there. Dr. said hemoglobin is raised but still low, I.e. she’s anemic.

She is a little bit weak right now. Slightly agitated since she had to be force fed a nasty tasting medicine. She was extremely mad at the RN who gave it to her, and cussed her out in urdu.

Emotionally-speaking, Mummy’s mood varies. When her favorite nurse comes for the night shift, Mummy is in an excited mood. She asks about her all day, and when she comes, Mummy feels relieved. She sometimes says that she would like to leave the hospital, and just go home already.

Sometimes she’s happy, sometimes she’s sad, sometimes she’s in a good mood and calm, and sometimes not. Sometimes she sleeps like a baby, sometimes she can’t sleep at all.

There’s no pattern, it just depends on who’s there, and who’s not, what she eats and what she doesn’t.

Yesterday was the first day of solids. The only thing she was interested in being fed was the chocolate cake. This morning for breakfast, the nurse had to force her to eat. She needs protein, iron, she needs her nutrients. She was pretty emotionally distraught after that, we had to calm her down.

We’re not sure how long she’ll be in the ICU for, she still has tests to get done, vitamin and mineral levels need to go up, and more importantly, the diarrhea needs to stop.

We appreciate the support that we have received. Please continue to make dua for her.

Jazakum Allahu khayran!

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