Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Another Day Gone By...

Well, it's been another good day.  I hope that this blog gets painful to read because of the boredom that ensues and not because of the tragic losses it recounts.  Both little Wyatt and the neighboring twins are doing well, a response to outstanding medical care and an overwhelming outpouring of prayer and love.
I'm going to try to do a better job of updating during the day, I've downloaded an App that will allow me to post on the go at work.  I spend a lot of my time hovering over my phone between patients in order to get updates myself, when I get them I'll pass them along as quickly as possible.

Wyatt's supplemental O2 is down to a range 25-30% which is excellent considering room air is 21%.  His main obstacle in lung function in relation to vent weaning is not O2 but the pressures and respiratory rate. The pressures are also doing very well, but in order to consider weaning a few weeks from now the rate has to come way down.  He's doing well so its not a concern yet, just where we are in the moment.  It appears the two big hurdles coming up are chest tube removal (which can only happen when the pneumothorax on each side are resolved) and beginning of feedings.  When they remove the chest tubes we can begin kangaroo care, which I think I described in one of the recent posts.  I can't wait!

Feeding is a whole new issue, we've been told it can be very difficult.  The young immature bowel and stomach make it hard to adjust to input, and they can develop a necrotizing disorder related to reduced blood flow to their bowel. This is where my prayers are focused tonight and will for the next few days.

Thank you for all you've done and will do for my Wyatt and my family. Your continued prayers are more than we could have hoped for and we are forever in your debts.

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