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Robyn Goodfellow: fishgaterobyngoodfellow on May 16th, 2007 02:27 am (UTC)
Wait, I don't get it... did he actually die?
Fritters: TT Cy No Frikken Idea by jenparakeet & efritters on May 16th, 2007 03:23 am (UTC)
Yes. He was getting better and better and BAM, pneumoniadead, all fast like. As of nine this morning it looked like he didn't even have it.
Robyn Goodfellow: petalsrobyngoodfellow on May 16th, 2007 03:38 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear that. Please give postrophe my condolences.
Fritters: Ed Nodding by Frittersfritters on May 16th, 2007 05:00 am (UTC)
Will do.
Matthew B. Tepper: Hubble shot of Saturnasimovberlioz on May 16th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
OMG, I totally did not understand postrophe's post which you reference. I am so sorry. I honestly thought his dad was still fighting and I was counting on him to win.
Fritters: TT Raven Blink by ellonwyefritters on May 16th, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)
EVERYONE did. According to his post, the nurses were considering him a miracle. He was made of steel and then BAM, gone.
Egregiously Mislabeled Taxidriver: ValleyofDeath(the__heretic)brendo on May 16th, 2007 03:16 am (UTC)
Ventilator-associated pneumonia, most likely. *nods sadly*

The pneumonia isn't necessarily associated with brain surgery, but the fact that he was on the ventilator, plus his age and overall health condition. Young healthy people's immune systems can usually fight it off, but the elderly are much more vulnerable.

The cause is that the ET tube has a balloon that hold it in place, which will frequently allow phlegm and other fluid to collect and sit, like a stagnant pond that mosquitoes use as a place to breed and lay their eggs. But in the case of VAP, the breeding results are bacteria, which leads to pneumonia.

This is why a hospital won't normally allow an endotracheal tube to be the patient's source of breathing air for longer than 2 weeks. If the patient still required ventilation, a tracheotomy will be performed, cutting a hole into the patient's trachea and allowing the ventilator to be attached to it.

Our friend Antulio was extubated well before the 2-week mark, but as I mentioned before, his age and health put him behind the 8-ball.

Rest in peace, Mr. Costas.

Fritters: I Got Nothin' by secondversefritters on May 16th, 2007 03:27 am (UTC)
Thank you for your comment and your prayers. I don't really have anything to add, but the comment was so informative and thoughtful I felt I should comment so you knew it was appreciated.
postrophe on May 16th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
He was off the ventilator within a day or so of surgery... but I wonder if his good health may have 'hid' the start of any infection -

- and then I think of bacteria that relaese toxins when they die..

(Strikes me we're hearing more of that these days; like they're not only evolving tolerance to antibiotics, but a retaliatory strike, too... 'you poison me, so i'll poison you'...)

Thank you for the info, and the sympathy.
Matthew B. Tepper: obnoxious and dislikedasimovberlioz on May 16th, 2007 03:23 am (UTC)
I hope postrophe can forgive me for my having misunderstood his post so badly. I lost a friend in Minneapolis a few weeks ago, one of my friends from lasfs last week -- and one of my cow-orkers whom I particularly liked died just yesterday. I was needing not to have to face the thought of another person (albeit the parent of a friend) dying.
Fritters: TT BB ergh? by ellonwyefritters on May 16th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
My lj is just death filled today.

I think I'll be on less today/tonight.
krystalemerges on May 16th, 2007 12:10 pm (UTC)
it is okay...
and it was your response that caused him to have me review the 'original' post, and I suggested he ammend it, for it was just a bit too obscure.

I will let him know how bad you feel. As you will see in the comment I posted to the original lj here, he has not be on LJ since posting the news.

hug to you and I can understand why you wouldn't want to think the 'good fight' had ended...
Amanda: Doom: This is not a golden ageviewpoints on May 16th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
I really don't have any words... just condolances to postrophe and his family.
It's never easy. And it's worse when you think things are improving.
Take care of yourself too. *hugs*
Fritters: I Got Nothin' by secondversefritters on May 16th, 2007 05:02 am (UTC)
I'll be okay, but I'm sure postrophe will appreciate your kind thoughts.
krystalemerges on May 16th, 2007 12:05 pm (UTC)
just a small update, to ease you all...
postrophe and his family are doing pretty well considering all, although 'we' are all still in a bit of shock. we actually ended the night on a postive note, with a bit of ice cream, it was the right note, to be able to sleep, of which he has done tonight.

I know that he was on lj, only long enough to post the short note, and when I read the original, I let him know it was a bit to obscure and he amended it a bit. He wasn't ready to deal with comments, but I know he will appreciate these and those on spazzychic's.

He was too worn out to look at LJ before crawling into bed. He will surely be posting more, including final details later today.

I know I personally appreciate all the kind thoughts and prayers for the family, this has hit so very close to home for me, five years ago on June 1st, my father passed away in ICU after 10 days in the hospital...too familiar for my little brain, as his cousin Liz quoted last Wednesday, "The brain doesn't know the difference between what it sees and what it remembers"