Mid-Day Update . . .

Parker is still struggling a little with his sedation meds. They’ve switched up the cocktail a little bit to see if they can keep him a little more steady. He’s needing bolus top ups every 1.5 – 2 hours today which means that things are still not quite there. It truly is a moving target. He’s also having some trouble regulating his blood pressure. It is too low. So far though the pulses in his extremities are fine, but they are monitoring it closely.  The poor nurses are running ragged trying to keep up with his care and keeping the meds at arms reach.

We have uncovered a little bit of interesting information that I wanted to share . . . Redheads are notoriously hard to sedate and anesthetize. After we overheard a couple of nurses saying that redheads are always trouble I decided google it. Sure enough, there is lots of good data that backs up redheads needing a lot more sedation and anesthesia meds than their blonde and brunette friends. This seems to be accepted knowledge amongst the nurses but it isn’t a formal piece of training or data they are given in their training. One of our nurses even printed off some copies of the studies that I saw quoted on the dot.coms yesterday.  It turns out that redheads are more likely to remember pain and conversation during surgery! How horrid. I will make it my personal mission to educate any doctors and nurses and anesthesiologists that we meet in the future!

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1 Response to “Mid-Day Update . . .”


  1. 1 Jennie April 12, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    I’m sorry they are having such a hard time sedating him. The blood pressure issues are common, but very unnerving. I tried to call, but I’m guessing you stepped out. It doesn’t take long for them to develop a tolerance to the meds and have to start switching. Despite the fact that he is “under”, this part was so hard for me. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I emailed you too, but thought I’d check in here too.

    Take care. Give Parker a gentle hug from us.
    Jennie and Hannah


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