Sunday, October 18, 2009

Day 7 update

A lot has happened since my last post. During Saturday night, Nathan's left lung collapsed, which required the doctors to switch him over to the more conventional ventilator. This was done while Sarah was present. His chest x-ray at the time looked really bad--tons of stuff in his lungs. All of the crap was in the left lung, while the right lung was mostly open. This imbalance caused the lung medicine to follow the path of least resistance (right lung). This is why the doctors went with the other ventilator--the oscillator ventilator was making things worse for Nathan's lungs. Sarah was right in the middle of the action as the doctors were discussing what to do and how to proceed.

Sunday morning has seen a big change for Nathan. He is resting comfortably, with all numbers looking good on the conventional ventilator. The left lung looks better than last night--a "night and day" difference according to Sarah, who looked at both chest films. He is now off of the paralytic medicine, which means that he is more aware of what is going on from time to time. It has been great for Sarah and me to be up here with him today. We're grateful to Mom and Dad, who took the other two kids to church and have been keeping an eye on them this afternoon.

3 comments:

Trillium Fairy said...

This is Sarah's friend Alena. I wanted to let you know that Robin and I are sending our love and prayers!

Riggs Family said...

We are so glad to hear that things are a bit better. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Please let us know when we can help.
April, Jack and Danay

Becky said...

Spoke with your Mom Sunday afternoon.

I hope he continues to improve.

Please let me know if we can do anything to help with the other kiddos.

You are all in our prayers.

The Fishes