From the book
"After a pretty stable night, a new day is dawning (a special one as it
turned out). Again, the doctors are pleasantly surprised when they
are comparing last night’s levels and surveys. Consultation with
the specialist shows a slightly positive impression of the situation,
and spontaneous breathing will be stimulated, with a little help from
the ventilator though, but still ...
Then, at five, there’s a sudden change: fever, the heart’s pounding and
the blood is circulating four times faster than normal.
Blood levels cannot be monitored any longer: acute instability.
Blood pressure is collapsing, thus ending today’s fairy tale. The
increasing heartbeat is making you shiver and the blood pressure is
rising from 185/40 to 190/50: exciting and frightening at the same time.
An x-ray of the lungs is being made, because of profuse coughing. We
are terrified and actually defeated, for things were going so well?
What everyone feared is actually happening. Unbelievable!
The nurses are doing their utmost, and are trying to help you with all
of their might, taking everything to the limit to stabilise you.
Just another bacteria probably causing this downfall, so again a high
dose of antibiotics is being administered.
Such a pity! Something so fragile and beautiful is abruptly swept away.
Everything is plugged in again and sedatives and morphine dosages
And then there’s nothing else to do but wait and pray.
By now it’s 23:00 hrs, and the priest has arrived. He has been notified
that your situation is rapidly deteriorating. He’s praying with us,
mustering courage and strength. Finally, late at night, the fever very
slowly goes back to normal.
Together we’re sharing hope and fear.
Fortunately, the stable condition returns, which was out of the question
a few hours earlier. The blood pressure has dropped to normal and
your pulse is getting better. Only the fever remains."