Saturday, August 16, 2008
Off the ventilator, course throat
Well, little man transitioned off the vent so much better than anytime before!! Mommy's stomach was in knots leading up to the transition, but Braden is proving what a big boy he is becoming, and kept his sats up so well, he never required any "bagging" (manual rescue breathing). God is so good!! Mommy got to snuggle with him this afternoon, which was good for both:-)
Of course the vent has made our little man's cry is a little rough/course and he sounds like a little tiger cub learning to "cry" for the first time, so it is a little sad to hear him cry. He is on vapotherm, which is a warm humidifier nasal canula with oxygen. It's helping to keep his secretions nice and loose for suctioning, and we are keeping an aggressive vest therapy and nebulization schedule. We hope to have an exit plan tomorrow, but only Braden can decide that as doctors determine how he is adjusting to life off the ventilator.
Thanks for the continued prayers, we will need them in the coming weeks as Braden recovers from the ventilator over the next 6 - 8 weeks.
Our thanks, The Wilsons