Back on the ventilator.

Parker had a great night. He slept all night on room air, no issues. At about 6 a.m. he coughed and started to struggle a bit and had another spell. This time, he really never recovered from it. His saturations were low and his CO2 rates were too high. They re-intubated him at about 7 a.m.

The new “plan” is that he will go back into the OR on Monday (probably in the afternoon) for another scope to see if they can figure out what is going on. The operating theory at this point is that there is some swelling and/or a granuloma (scar tissue) near the graft site that is somehow combining with junk from the lungs and making it hard (impossible) for Parker to breathe which sends him into a panic and he spirals out of control.

We questioned how it could be he could be doing so well and then just suddenly be crashing if it is granuloma. Apparently, there is a type of granuloma that is more like a flap so with certain types of movement or constriction of the airway it flaps out creating a blockage. This is what they suspect.

Parker is pulling his old tricks and being difficult to sedate but they seem to have things under control for now.

And . . . furthering our own private version of “it’s a small world:” our nurse today grew up in Iowa and her aunt lives in Brooklin and recently retired from teaching French at BGM. I won’t say her name here without her permission . . . but I’m sure some of you know who she is!

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7 Responses to “Back on the ventilator.”


  1. 1 Nicole April 19, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    Ian and Suzanne, I am so sorry things have not gone as planned. Please keep us posted as you know more. I wish I was the one coming up to Cincinnati so that I could see you guys. Please know that Parker is in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. 2 Sheryl April 19, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    I am sorry to hear he’s back on the vent. Hopefully it is a minor glitch and he’ll be back in the swing of things soon!

  3. 3 Lara (IsaacsMom) April 19, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Hugs for everyone. I hope we get some good answers on Monday. Thank you for all the updates.

    Lara

  4. 4 Tess April 19, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Oh crumbs. So sorry to hear about this Suzanne. I wish you the best of luck on monday.
    Tess and Abby

  5. 5 Alana April 20, 2008 at 3:45 am

    So sorry to hear this guys. I’m hoping for only the best news Monday.

  6. 6 thai checel April 20, 2008 at 4:15 am

    it has to be hard to see him back on that vent… but it’s just another step in this marathon you guys are running! we are rooting for you all and can’t wait until this is over. thanks for the updates! please take good care.

  7. 7 Sarah April 20, 2008 at 4:16 am

    Oh no. Poor sweet Parker. It’s always scary when they have to get re-intubated after major surgery. Hopefully he just needs some more rest. You are all still in our prayers. Get some rest tonight and tomorrow. Hopefully Monday will bring good things.

    Lots of love and hugs!
    Sarah and Keturah


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