Before I left the ICU, I made sure the staff was okay with me not being by Karen’s side 24/7. They assured me that while she was seriously ill, she was stable and what she really needed was rest. So I gave them my cell number and went home.
When I awoke Sunday morning, there were no calls or texts from the hospital, which was comforting. By 10:30 a.m. I was at the hospital and Karen was sound asleep. It is a deep sleep and no one has been able to awaken her to hold a conversation.
At this point, her kidneys have not yet started. So her blood his not being cleansed. As a result, they will put her on dialysis temporarily until the kidneys reboot. They are extremely hopeful that she will make a full recovery and she will not be a permanent dialysis patient.
Also, because her kidneys are not functioning her liver is reacting poorly. So the dialysis should allow her liver to settle down enough to do what it was supposed to do.
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