It’s been several months since the last event, but Ryan’s core body temperature dropped unexpectedly yesterday evening. So low, in fact, that digital thermometers were not registering. Ryan’s pulse was in the mid-40’s. We situated him next to the fireplace and his sister, Kari, rotated dryer-warmed blankets on him for several hours. We had him wrapped in a WVU scarf and knitted cap. He was dressed like he was going to a football game, if that helps give an image of him.
Around midnight 10:00 PM he started to bounce back. The thermometer was finally registering, but he was at 92.0 degrees. By midnight Ryan was “normal” again.
Ryan’s body temperature, like many traumatic brain injured people, sometimes does not regulate. Although this has gotten better month-by-month, he still needs monitored regularly.