Thursday, April 10, 2008

April 9th - Miami

This is Kathleen's version of events on the 9th April.

Floyd was put into the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (NSICU) in west Wing 8 at Jackson Memorial Hospital. In the afternoon, we talked to doctors within the unit. The reason Floyd was flown back to the U.S. and to this particular hospital was because it was hoped they may be able to surgically remove the clot in Floyd's brain. However, the doctors on site said that they felt there would be no benefit to a surgical procedure as the bleeding into the brain tissue was so significant, and while the pressure inside his brain was only at the high end of normal, the swelling in the brain tissue was so significant it was unlikely he could make a full recovery. They also told us that he was officially in a coma. They were concerned that surgery may cause greater harm to the brain tissue.

The doctors advised that he is very ill, his situation is critical and that if he does wake up from the coma, there's a strong possibility that he will have significant impairment. They have advised us to wait until the pressure in the brain has peaked, which will probably be in the next 24 hour to 48 hours, and then they make a further determination of his condition.

He does respond to touch, pulling away from nurses when they try to take his blood (something he does not like), and he moves his feet when Ginger rubs them. His vital signs appear stable, although is circulation has been affected and his skin is cold to the touch.