A brief rundown of the events after Debbie’s surgery, but prior to this blog’s existence:

Debbie was moved to the SICU after surgery.  She remained in a medically induced coma for about 18 hours.  The point of this was to control her blood pressure as the primary method for combating a fib is to utilize blood thinners, which you don’t want to administer after brain surgery.  They took her off the sedative around 7:30AM on Monday, Sept. 6, but she did not wake up. The medical team has informed us that it could take up to a week for her to wake up, so while they would have liked for her to wake up immediately, they are not worried that she’s still not awake.

Once they removed the bandage from Debbie’s head, her face became very swollen and bruised, which was anticipated.  The pressure in her brain has remained consistent, which is good.  They hooked her up to an EEG on Sept. 6 to monitor her brain activity for seizures, which they had the EEG hooked up they did not witness any seizures, though it does appear that there may have been some seizure activity prior to the EEG.  On the morning on Sept. 7 they removed the EEG, and they’ve doubled her anti-seizure medication as a precaution.

They conducted an MRI on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 7 to learn more about her brain function.


8 thoughts on “Post-Surgery

  1. Debbie,

    You don’t know me, but your Husband, David, and I are Brothers. I am praying for you, and keeping you and your family in my thoughts, with the assured confidence you will fully recover very soon.

    Take care,

  2. Thank you for the updates. We are glad to hear the situation is improving. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers! Here is to a quick recovery.


    Erin and Lily Healy

  3. Debbie,
    I will pray for you every morning and every evening… will be in my heart all day long! Am stunned and so sorry this happened to you, BUT sounds as though each day is getting better! May God heal and bless you….and be with all your family. Hugs and love to you, Penelope

  4. Debbie, David, Bo & Lindsey,

    Lindsey, thank you for the updated posting on your mom. We are holding each one of you up in prayer and asking God for total healing for Debbie and daily strength, comfort and peace for each of you. We know that God will honor your faith in Him and help each of you through this difficult time. We were so excited about seeing Debbie and David for the Delta Chi Reunion. You both attended our wedding almost 38 years ago and we had some great times together at VSC. We appreciate Neil Joiner contacting us about this event as we know, first hand, just how powerful it is to band together in prayer. We have a daughter named Lynsie and she and her husband Robert are also praying for your family. We all live in Stuart, FL. Even though we cannot be there with you, our arms are around each of you. Love & Prayers!!

  5. One small wiggle of the toe is one big step for Debbie – Brianna & I both wish you well & have no doubts about your ultimate success….we’ll look forward to seeing you soon.
    Big Hugs,
    S & B

  6. Dear Hardegree Family:

    You have been in our thoughts and prayers every day since Charlotte told us about Debbie. We are so sorry about everything but are glad to read Lindsay’s message about last night-sounds like Debbie was doing better.

    I have not talked to Charlotte late this afternoon but said when she heard from you that she would call. (After the surgery)

    The Hardegree Family holds a special place in our hearts and if there is anything we can do other than pray, please call on us.


    David & Melanie

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