They pulled the ventilator tube at 11 a.m. this morning. This time around it was much calmer and there has been a lot less “excitement,” which is a good thing. Largely this is due to using a completely different drug schema. Of course, as those meds start to wear off we may see things change but hopefully not. They now have a lot of experience with Parker and know that he defies conventional logic with meds.

Parker is still on supplemental oxygen but a minimal amount. They will start to wean that as soon as they see that his blood gas levels are ok. The other big news is that so far he has very, very little stridor. Which is a great thing. Stridor is a raspy course sound when breathing that is mostly attributed to “turbulence” in the airway- swelling, scar tissue, etc.

These are all good news but, as you know, we are definitely NOT out of the woods yet.


3 Responses to “Extubated.”

  1. 1 Jennie April 22, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Great news Suzanne! All are very positive signs. Our 2nd time around was much calmer too. I hope and pray things stay calm and he continues to do well. Please, please let me know if you need anything. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. 2 Kristy (LKN) April 22, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    I am glad this was uneventful for him. Hopefully things will continue to move forward for you all.

  3. 3 Rene Dereksen April 22, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Great news! I know he will continue to improve and before you know it, you’ll be chasing him around again!

    Tommy’s Mom

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