Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Two Steps Back

This update came late last night...

came back from dinner and had doctors in the room. Tucker lost his saturation's and couldn't come above 86 percent oxygen, we had to go up on our ventilator settings to get him to 94 percent oxygen, his blood pressure is 80's over something and we are getting blood when we suction him.......waiting for an explanation. They were trying to figure it out as well...why and what. Chest x-ray ordered.....I don't know what the HELL happened..... (-Karen)

And then this one came this morning...

Paralytic meds back on board. I don't know what to say.....i will blog later. Hard morning for Todd and I. Prayers please. (-Karen)

Please, Please keep Tucker and his family in your thoughts and prayers. They need strength.

For those of you who like to know the in's and out's of the medical standpoint, here are some specifics.

A big step into Tucker's recovery was removing the paralytic meds from his regimen. They were able to do this a few days ago. Even though he was off the paralytic meds, they kept him sedated quite a bit so that they could wean him off of the ventilator (breathing machine).

Weaning from the vent is quite the process. Because the vent does most of the work, and compensates for several gases found in our normal room air, it takes a little bit. However, Tucker was taking good breathes over the vent and everyone was hopeful that they would remove the vent soon.

Once the vent is removed, they can start taking off more of the sedation meds. If they were to let him wake too much, he would fight the tubes and try to pull out the breathing tube.

I have not be updated in details this morning, but as you can see, the vent settings were moved up again (more assistance) and the paralytic meds have been administered again.

I'll update as soon as I hear something, and hopefully that is soon.


•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Erin.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

I'll be prayin' hard.

kiddiescorner said...

I'm so sorry to hear that news. I will definitely pray a little harder today. God Bless!