Intensive care is high level care, managed by highly skilled & trained medical staff. Up to the minute information displayed on a monitor gives us a picture of a patient's overall status. To keep track of the delicate balance of inner body function, blood tests are carried out at regular intervals. The feedback provides details of adequate ventilation, vital organ function, and electrolyte imbalance. All this allows the medical team to intervene if necessary & provide sedation, analgesia, minerals, nutrients, & inotropic [heart strengthening medication] support.
Three year old Payman is at present in this high care environment. She is still ventilated, sedated & paralyzed, to give her body optimal rest & recovery from major open heart surgery. The doctor who was present during our visit was doing an echocardiogram on her. He informed us that she was doing well and that her vital observations backed up his prognosis.
Payman's grandmother was also more in control of her feelings. Her verbal responses showed less anxiety. In closing, a visit like this makes one feel good. The opportunity to spend time and have fellowship with someone who is far from home, who is concerned about the invalid husband she has left behind and her sick granddaughter, tells her that we care.