It has been a really bad day today. The hospital called me early in the morning to get consent for a procedure. Apparently, they discovered she has an infection in her brain, probably caused by the very tube monitoring her intracranial pressure. They had already started antibiotics but they needed to replace the tube. Nothing much we can do but agree, of course. An infection is always something you dread in the ICU but I guess, a real possibility after days of sedation. Unfortunately, the EVD (extraventricular drain) replacement procedure resulted in FRESH bleeding at the site of entry and a new clot of about 2.5x2.3 cm in size. As a result, her intracranial pressure went skyhigh and she was in real danger. Her pupils were also fixed and dilated. They managed to bring her ICP back to normal range within minutes... or so they tell me. And they did an emergency CT scan which showed that while there was a new clot, there was no rebleed of the old one (which was now slightly smaller in size). It was a really harrowing time, especially since I just arrived home when I received a call to rush back to the hospital. They wanted me at hand in case they needed to do an emergency craniectomy (removal of part of the skull). I arrived in time to see them wheel her back in from the CT scan. They managed to get her stable again... and she's back on double sedation. Just went back to check on her tonight. Seems like her ICP is in the normal range, and her pupils have shrunked to 4 mm... and is at least a little sluggish in response. Some promising signs in light of the extremely dire circumstances. It's been a really tiring, stressful day. Thanks for your support, guys... Things look real bleak, but I hope tomorrow's a brighter day. PS. God, I sure could use a break. Right about now would be nice. Thanks.