Today is Nathan's 6th day in the hospital. I (Jarom) spoke with his nurse a couple of hours ago. She said that his blood pH is still good and that he is still quite swollen. They have him on a diuretic to help with the swelling. Sometimes this diuretic raises blood pressure, so they had him on some blood pressure medicine for awhile. However, his BP has remained good, so he's off the BP medicine now.
They still have him on the "oscillator" ventilator, which is doing all of the breathing for him right now. The doctor's plan is to keep him on the oscillator for at least the rest of today--they tried to get him switched over to a different ventilator last night, but he didn't go for it. His oxygen saturation was good, but his lungs were not strong enough to help with the breathing like the doctors wanted. So we're in a holding pattern now, waiting for Nathan's lungs to regain enough strength to get switched over to the other ventilator.
Here are a couple of pictures. The first is Nathan with Jarom at his first BYU football game on October 2. The other one is how he looks in the ICU.
For those who haven't heard about Nathan's illness, here's the quick rundown:
- Nathan developed a croupy cough on Sunday evening
- Sarah took him to our local clinic Monday morning, where the doctor said his lungs were clear
- Monday evening, Nathan had a fever and shortness of breath
- Jarom took him to the ER Monday at about 10 pm where an x-ray showed pneumonia in his lungs
- Things got more complicated when the nurses intubated him and triggered a gag reflex, which caused him to vomit. He aspirated the vomit/stomach acid into his lungs.
- Nathan was then life-flighted to Primary Children's Medical Center at about 1 am on Tuesday morning. Further testing showed that the pneumonia was brought about by the H1N1 flu virus. The aspiration in his lungs caused bacterial pneumonia as well.
- He got worse until Thursday night, when things seemed to level off and not get worse anymore.
Loranna is doing quite well--enjoying preschool, making new friends, and doing playdates with those new friends. Daniel is making lots of new sounds and moving around by scooting backwards. He says "Ge ge ge" when he's happy and "Baa baa baa" with a sad sound when he's sad.