Well, as how this seems to be the way this illnesses is running, it's two steps forward and one step back. Or actually you could say it was 5 steps forward and one step back, so we're not panicking. The docs put Big Kid on the bi-level vent yesterday, because the regular old vent just wasn't cutting it. His lower lungs needed some more pressure to stay open for oxygenation.
The new sedation is working wonderfully. As I said in a previous post, we were really worried that maybe he was having a panic attack every time he woke up and that's why his heart rate and blood pressure were all over the place because he was coming out of the paralytic every hour. This med is somewhat new, and works somewhat the way clonopin (anti-anxiety med) does. When he wakes it's pretty smooth without all the fighting of the vent. A blessing.
His white blood cell count is up, so that means his immune system is finally kicking in to help fight this. Another blessing.
They've been trying to dry the boy out because of all the fluids they originally pumped in him to keep his blood pressure up when it bottomed out from the septic shock. He peed out 14---yes 14 liters---in one day and lost 6 pounds. Holy smokes.
On a related note, it seems like his kidneys are working just fine. ;-)
We saw his xrays for the first time yesterday. They're horrific. Absolutely just----I can't put it into words. 2/3s of his left lung is a solid mass of white. The right one is much better. They put two xrays side by side---the one from when he was admitted, and the latest, so we could see the progress. It didn't seem like much to us, but the nurse pointed out the areas of improvement.
I simply cannot grasp how this could have happened so fast. So very fast. Seeing his xrays has been a shock.
And I can't believe it's been two weeks.
Thanks again so much for all your kind wishes and prayers. Sharing this with you has helped lighten an unbearable load, and I really appreciate your encouragement and support.