Our nurse called us at 6:40a this morning to tell us to get to the hospital when we could - Isaac was now in critical condition.
Here's a snapshot of what is going on:
Through the night, Isaac's carbon dioxide output from his lungs continued to decline despite interventions from the ventilator. They had paralyzed him to allow full control with the vent, but he was still retaining a lot of CO2, making his blood pH levels increasingly acidotic. The more acid your blood, the more strain on your heart. Blood pressure medicines were also restarted to aid his heart. Isaac has now been put on a jet ventilator for greater control of his breathing & to hopefully get the CO2 surplus out of his system.
His kindey levels have continued to climb in the wrong direction, indicating that his vessels are dehydrated. However, he is third spacing every bit of fluid he's given. Basically, he's full of fluid in his tissues & completely lacking in his blood stream. Because of this kidney confusion, they are not sending fluid to the bladder to be released. He's continuing to become more edemedous & is more swollen than we've ever seen. If we cannot figure out why the kidneys are failing in this way, he'll soon run the risk of becoming toxic with the retained fluid. This swelling also is creating increased difficulty to the heart.
There are also signs pointing to a fungal infection in Isaac's system along with the lung staph infection. A skin biopsy has been ordered to go along w/the muscle biopsy performed last Thursday. Doctors performed a spinal tap for infection & fluid last night. Thankfully, preliminary results are positive. Isaac's blood sugars have also been fluxing & so hydrocortizone (steroid) has been administered in hopes of regulating his pancreas' insulin output.
Isaac is something of an enigma right now. Doctors are doing everything they can to figure out what is causing these problems so as to resolve them before he begins system failure. They have been excellent & forthright with us so far. As they have said, Isaac is VERY sick. You can see their great concern on their faces.
PLEASE PRAY FOR ISAAC!!!! His state is extremely critical right now! Doctors are focusing all their attention on figuring out what is causing these problems for Isaac's kidneys, lungs, pancreas & heart right now before its too late. Isaac's state has never been more critical. Join us in lifting him up before God, asking for wisdom & a healing miracle. God still remains in control...that has not changed for one second! As Jordan & I read Isaiah 40 this morning, we were so encouraged as it reminded us that God never tires nor grows weary; His understanding is beyond what we can fathom. He knows exactly what is going on & understands exactly what we're going through in the midst of this. We need to stand firm & in the gap for Isaac. Please pray!!!!!