Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Day 19

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!

24 comments:

Karen said...

I'm so glad he is doing better. You hang in there, he will get there.

Try and stay positive. We will all be doing the praying.

Good thoughts and hugs to you all.

litzi said...

WONDERFUL news! Hope and Joy are much preferred companions to despair and melancholy.

Having Big Kid out of isolation and not having to don a hazmat suit in his presence is in itself a boon. Maybe the worst is finally behind you and he’ll continue to amaze you with his recovery…

(((hugs))) and positive vibes surround you.

Pete said...

really nice to read some good news

LB @Wait, She Said What? said...

So glad to hear he's making such improvements. Fifteen minutes on his own now will be completely on his own for good before you know it! Being out of isolation is huge but you already know that.

Hold on to joy and hope and make sure positive thinking has a place in your mind too.

You still have my prayers.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

WOW! That's glorious!

yorksnbeans said...

It definitely sounds like joy is in the lead right now. Hope can remain in second! :-)

Alix said...

What a stunning reminder of how our normal lives can topple so easily. Your news is so promising, and I think having either Joy or Hope on top is a good thing. Good for Big Kid for helping himself out. Another positive step in the right direction.

You can count on me to stay on my knees for you and BK, Attila. Still here. Still praying.

XO

Cheryl said...

Joy is going to take this race, I'm sure. However, we'll always leave hope in the race. I'm so happy he is getting better. Baby steps are still steps and in this case they seem huge. I'm thinking of you and Big Kid all the time. If you feel someone breathing on you, it is me, giving you several virtual hugs a day.
Keeping you close to my heart and in my prayers.
Remember to take care of yourself too.
Love you.
Cheryl

Beth said...

I'm smiling but I bet my smile isn't as big as yours is...

Heather said...

Such good news to read this morning. Yeah!!!

Ashley's Mom said...

Such wonderful news. I am so happy for you and Big Kid!! He's a fighter and so are you :)

Charlie said...

Yes, some good news is creeping in, and M. and I couldn't be happier for the Big Kid and your family.

KWombles said...

Sounds like good news. I hope things continue to improve.

Chicago Mom said...

Great news!!! Go Big Kid, go!!!

AmyMcD said...

yay!!! Oh i am so incrediably glad for you and yours!!! Oh gosh I'm excited!! Fingers and toes crossed for more recovery!!!!

AmyMcD

Cloudy said...

HUZZAH! Happy tears just shot out of my eyes!!

Jeanie said...

So glad that there is some good news. Lots of hope and joy being sent your way.

Corina Becker said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and Big Kid.

Rooting for you all the way.


**hug**

Linda Meikle said...

Wonderful song! Thanks for taking time to share even in your worst times.

~Linda

Clippy Mat said...

This is good news indeed.
things are looking up
:-)

Selma said...

Good news, indeed. I am so glad!

Chris H said...

It is sounding VERY POSITIVE for your son now! What a relief for you all.

Stinkypaw said...

Yay! \0/ - so happy for you and BG, of course!

Webster said...

It's great to here such promising news. Keep it up, Big Kid. Keep it up.