Dad and Faith survived another Friday night Saturday morning. No surprises this weekend, a good nights rest for both of us. Mom and Faith had Saturday together now I’m back for the week.

  • As her heavy sedation comes off she is more and more interactive. Did I mention she wants MILK, she does every chance she has. She is also getting fresh, every time they need to suction her ET tube she bites down on it and either prevents the suction catheter from going in or coming out. Of course when she stops it from coming out she isn’t breathing either so some extra sedation is needed for now.
  • I was going to report that her infection was well under control and they were even able to stop one of the antibiotics but that changed on Saturday. They took a culture from her IJ central line that came back positive. They are going to restart the second antibiotic again and also do a procedure called an ethanol lock to help prevent infection of the central line. Guess we just reset the clock on the six weeks of antibiotics.
  • She received some red blood cells today. Her counts were low and she just hasn’t been able to keep up with producing enough on her own with all that has been going on.
  • Still having at least one fever each day that responds to countermeasures, not sure if it’s in response to infection or just because she is having trouble regulating her temperature in this environment with all that’s going on.
  • She is much more awake, mostly cooperative, today and had a good visit with her sisters and got to visit with Jonathan yesterday.

The “plan” is for extubation tomorrow. 50/50 chance of it happening. She still has some fluid on her lungs and needs higher vent settings because of a little bit of collapsing in the bases of her lungs. Not uncommon for being mechanically ventilated, on your back and not taking deep breaths. Today’s attending doctor is very proactive and wants to align all the stars in her favor for success.

Yiddish proverb

Mentsch tracht, Gott lacht. Translation: Man plans, God laughs.

All in his time…

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  1. Glad you got some rest! Hoping all goes according to plan. Need your prayers for Jeremy ( he’s not doing well) Thanks

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