Still vented . . .

Just got back from the OR. Things looked good but they were concerned about how long it would take to let the sedation wear off so they opted to downsize his ventilator tube and extubate at the bedside tomorrow. This IS a good thing because we are concerned about how Parker will react coming out of the sedation and extubating bedside lets us be present and available to him immediately. So, another day of waiting but I think it will be a good thing.

Grandpa Bug is here and got to witness the glory of a hospital transport team down to the OR. How many doctors and nurses and respiratory therapists does it take to get a ventilator dependent kid to the operating room? Answer: LOTS! During the transport they have to unhook the mechanical ventilator and actually hand bag breaths for him. Only once did we have to remind them to keep bagging . . . Imagine me calmly saying, “um, yes, someone please breathe for my kid!”

I believe a margarita and some retail therapy are in order for tonight. Plan now is to extubate bedside tomorrow at about 10 a.m. I will keep you posted.

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11 Responses to “Still vented . . .”


  1. 1 Kristy (LKN) April 15, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Glad all is still looking good in that new airway. Bedside extubation will be a good thing. Hang in there!

  2. 2 Jennie April 15, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    I think bedside extubation is the best thing. You can be there with him and talk him through things. I’m glad things looked good though. What a huge relief! So, promptly after rounds tomorrow…defintitely get your rest tonight…sometimes these kids are awake for over 24 hours after extubation…but it is soooo worth it.

    Good luck!!!
    Jennie

  3. 3 Alana McClure April 15, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    Glad to hear things are heading in a good direction. More hugs.

  4. 4 Nicole April 15, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Suzanne,
    I am glad things went well today. We are now home. Thank God. Dan and Colin will be there on the 24 with an overnight. Keep me posted on where you will be. Hope things go well tomorrow. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Nicole

  5. 5 Lara April 15, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Hugs,

    Sounds like things are moving in the right direction, just a bit slower than you planned.

    Best of luck for tomorrow!

    Lara

  6. 6 Kerry-Ann April 16, 2008 at 1:35 am

    Good luck tomorrow…we are keeping all of you in our thoughts.

    Lots of love!

  7. 7 Christy (Harlie's mom) April 16, 2008 at 2:10 am

    Suzanne,

    Just wanted to let you know that I’ve been keeping up with you guys every day. I am keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes well tomorrow (and the day after that, etc.). I can’t believe how big Parker has gotten! And I would kill for Harlie to have a head of hair like that!

    Okay, many hugs sent your way. You guys are always in our thoughts!!!

    -Christy

  8. 8 Jolene April 16, 2008 at 4:59 am

    You shop away Girl!
    So happy to hear that things are going well.
    Thanks again for keeping us posted.
    As always, our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

    Hugs and kisses,
    Jolene

  9. 9 Susan April 16, 2008 at 6:36 am

    {Imagine me calmly saying, “um, yes, someone please breathe for my kid!” } Um, yeah. Wish I could say I’m surprised. Glad you were there to remind them. Uggh. Yes, have two. I’ve been checking in on the blog. I hope all goes well tomorrow.

    Hugs,
    Susan

  10. 10 Jill April 16, 2008 at 11:53 am

    We’ll be thinking of you this morning. I hope all goes well and that Ian is able to make it down to watch with you! What an amazing thing that will be to see! Good luck and keep the updates coming! -Jill

  11. 11 thai checel April 17, 2008 at 2:53 am

    thanks for the update – thinking of you and parker. will that margarita be strawberry or regular? on the rocks? how about both?! you deserve it!!


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