"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
--Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Surgery Day Evening Recap

Things have settled down since he was extubated at 6pm. The breathing tube is out and he is breathing on his own. He was on 2L O2 but they were weaning him down after a successful blood gas. Prior to extubation he really struggled with staying calm and stable. He was thrashing about and trying to pull the tube out himself. It is so heartbreaking to see tears streaming out of his eyes and him grimacing and trying to cry with no sound coming out. Thankfully he was given versed and they added a sedative drip so he might not remember that part. He's just at an age where he knows enough to be scared of the tube but can't be talked into just relaxing and forgetting about it. He did not require breathing treatments after extubation like he has in the past so that is another positive. His bleeding has slowed down. There was concern right after he came out of the O.R. about blood in his urine. It was quite a lot which can indicate kidney damage from the heart lung machine. They say if it goes away quickly after surgery it usually means no long term kidney damage was sustained. His urine has returned to normal. They started to wean down his sedative after extubation, but decided to leave it on tonight to let him rest and wake up more tomorrow when he'll hopefully get some lines out. He woke up once a few minutes ago and in his hoarse little voice he said he was going to throw up. He gagged a little and then went back to sleep. They won't give anything for nausea until they actually throw up :(
Sorry for the lack of updates this evening. The hospital's WI-FI has been really sketchy all day and it is not easy to compose a lengthy update on the phone. Plus, we've been kept hopping!


H. James said...

So glad he is off the vent. Hoping for a good sleep and better tomorrow!

valerie troha said...

Erin, I have been thinking of you guys all day. What a sweet, adorable, strong, SuperBoy you have!!!! You should be very proud!!! Thx for the updates.

Faith said...

Sleep well, sweet boy.

Ray said...

Thank you for all the updates. I've been following them all day. Everything is going so positive, what a great group of doctors and staff. The pictures are great, such a little guy in such a big bed. I just want to give him a hug. Try to get some rest and eat something. Prayers and Blessing still coming your way.