Tricia is in a very precarious state concerning her transplant. She's still not on the list, and there are several things that need to be checked off before she is. If everything looks good over the next few days, it could happen soon, or it still could be weeks away. A couple of the key factors as the doctors have explained them to us:
> Infection Free (or at least controlled). The doctors believe that Tricia has a hospital/contagious bug in her blood that is very common among critically ill patients (I'll blog more about this later). If it is the one they think it is (and they'll know for sure soon), it is very difficult to treat. They are changing her meds today to begin treating it. There are a lot of other bugs floating around the hospital that she needs to not get.
> Vent Support. The doctors want Tricia to be consistently at or below 50% support with her current vent setting. She is currently bouncing between 50% and 65%.
> Mentally/Emotionally Stable. After her episode from two weeks ago, they've been keeping a close watch on Tricia...she's doing great.
Tricia has some unique issues with her blood type...I don't completely understand this, but she has certain antibodies in her blood now that should make her donor match a little more difficult to find, which means she may be on the list for a longer amount of time (as always, there is NO way of knowing how long that will be).
Good News: as long as she doesn't have a fever this morning, she'll get to go see the baby today!