Well our guy is as unpredictable as ever. Maybe he overheard the staff talking about traching him and it told him he better get a move on.
Yesterday Big Kid was able to breathe on his own without the ventilator for 15 minutes. They were able to dial him down on the bi-level vent to 35% the night before, so they decided to give him a SPT (Spontaneous Breathing Test). They have taken him off the bi-level and now he is on the general vent.
He's also no longer in isolation, so we don't have to wear the masks any more.
Joy and hope are fighting to see who's going to come out on top.
They're going to do another test this morning with less sedation. Then they'll decide whether he'll need a trach after all, or if they might be able to wean him off the vent entirely in the next couple of days.
Big Kid's x-rays on the bad side are showing consolidation----meaning the areas around the main infected spots are starting to show through. Or something like that.
Hope is still the frontrunner, but joy is trying to catch up!