The cat scan showed an increase in swelling. boo. Charlie has had a seizure and a titch of ativan stopped that business. An arterial line (a line insterted into the radial artery that measures blood pressure as well as provides an avenue to draw blood thus reducing the pokes) was placed and Charlies blood pressure was pretty low. He was given a fluid bolus which brought his pressure up. Currently a PICC (peripherally inserted central line) is being placed so that some medication can be given to increase blood pressure as the last thing a swollen brain needs is fluid. An EEG (electroencephalogram---a test that measures brain activity) is planned for this evening. His platelet count (the part of the blood that does the clotting) is lower than earlier. No word on the possibility of any blood transfusions.
The MD's told Rob and Angel that as this disease progresses and antiboitics are started, Cooper will get much sicker before he gets better and it appears that is exactly what is happening.