Breathing on his own . . .

They pulled the ventilator tube out at 8:30 a.m. It was hit or miss there for the first two hours and I was really concerned they were going to re-intubate. But, over the last hour he has done well. He is on a nasal cannula to give him supplemental oxygen and he still desats if he starts really crying but other than that he is holding his own. He’s still learning how to breathe this new way and he has to learn what to do when he coughs junk up in his mouth . . . he’s never done that before.

He’s got the shakes from withdrawal and although I’ve never seen someone on a drug withdrawal before I don’t think it is that horrible. As as result, we’ve asked them to space his next dose of methadone further apart because he still hasn’t fully woken up. He’s starting to open his eyes briefly and around a bit but only for a few seconds. He doesn’t have enough strength to hold his own head up yet.

We aren’t out of the woods yet but things look at lot better than they did an hour ago. He’s even been babbling “mama” and we can hear a wee bit of his cry which is absolute music to our ears.

We will update later as we get a better picture of what is going on.

9 Responses to “Breathing on his own . . .”

  1. 1 Suzanne April 16, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    That is so awesome:) I am so happy for you!

  2. 2 Sheryl April 16, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    That is so great! I hope we can experience the same great things next month!

  3. 3 Jennie April 16, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    That is awesome news! Go Parker!! Hang in there mom!!!


  4. 4 Alana McClure April 16, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    OMG!!! I’m so happy for you all!!!! WTG Parker!!

  5. 5 Cathlin April 16, 2008 at 5:09 pm


  6. 6 Ang B (faywrayy) April 16, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    This is great news. I hope he continues to improve!!

  7. 7 Happy April 16, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    YEA PARKER!!!!!!!!!!!!! Way to go buddy. Keep it up!!
    Music to your ears, I can’t even imagine how amazing that must sound!! Wow!!!

  8. 8 Dawn (drct1245) April 16, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Oh this is soooo exciting…. Go Parker go!! Keep that lil’ red head spirit goin’ so you can run around in NO time at all!! ๐Ÿ™‚ HUGS!!! Suzanne – did you get any retail therapy in??

  9. 9 Shannon April 17, 2008 at 3:21 am

    I can’t even imagine what that must be like- to finally hear his cry!! You are all in our thoughts! Parker- you’re doing awesome buddy! What a strong little guy!!! You keep it up! Suzanne and Ian- you’re amazing! Awesome!!! Hugs to all!

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