All I can say is “Phew”…today has been a physically and emotionally draining day but good just the same. At the time of my last post, Rudy was working hard to breathe on his own and Nurse Young and I spent a good bit of the day trying every trick in the book to get Rudy to calm down. Various doctors were in and out checking Rudy, his numbers and his lab results multiple times. The curious thing is that the test results and Rudy’s appearance didn’t match the numbers on the monitor…based on those, Rudy should have been purple! Instead, he was pink and beautiful. The big concerns were, as I mentioned earlier, his oxygen sats and the fact he was breathing so hard. The sats were all over the map dipping down into the low 40’s at times which isn’t good and not going higher than the low-60s which isn’t ideal. He did get a blood transfusion mid-afternoon and that seemed to help. When I left for dinner, his sats were resting comfortably in the low-70s – better!! We’re not out of the woods as Rudy’s little nose continues to flare and his tummy continues to retract with every breath but the RT did remove the ventilator from our room today which felt victorious. After a certain amount of time, the ventilator is deemed “contaminated” and they have to remove it…if Rudy needs to be intubated again, he’ll get a fresh unit. Rudy and I bellowed a hearty “goodbye” as if it’s gone for good nonetheless.
Rudy did need to get another OG tube put in through his mouth to his stomach today so he can get medications to his stomach and also to vent some of the air that he can’t get out. He is tolerating it well probably because he’s used to having a tube down his throat! Another tube means more tape on his face but you can still see his sweet lips!!!
We finally found a comfortable position for Rudy…draped over a pillow on his tummy! It looks pretty funny but it works!
So, we both end the day more relaxed than when we started it this morning.
Happy 17-weeks Rudy and Congratulations on making it to 36 hours off the vent!