Isaac experienced some difficulties today. He had been holding steady through the morning. So steady in fact that our nurse allowed us to hold our boy! Its been two weeks since we'd held him in our arms, so we were beyond thrilled! However, he did not handle this transition well & his oxygen saturation levels dropped quickly to 40-50% within minutes. Our nurse gently moved him back to bed in hopes of stabilizing him. He kept us all on our toes as his sat levels continued to fluctuate. They were finally able to elevate his sat levels to the desired point by paralyzing him temporarily through medication & adjusting his ventilator settings. By paralyzing him for a short time, they were able to keep his body from fighting the ventilator & stabilize. For the most part, his levels have shown improvement over the past several hours, though they fluctuate from time to time. Extubation is now up in the air with these recent developments. Doctors will perform a bag test & echo on his diaphragm tomorrow morning at 9a to determine whether extubation is even an option at this point.
Our prayer through tonight is that Isaac's sat levels will improve & hold steady. Extubation is his greatest hurdle at this point, to be followed by weaning from certain medications & the successful establishment of feeding. Please pray:: for stability of Isaac's levels & strength as he learns to breathe on his own; for continued wisdom for the doctors in assessing & treating problems as they arise; for strength & peace for us as we meet each unexpected hurdle. God has been & continues to be faithful as we walk this journey. We've been so grateful for the care He has provided our son through the nurses & doctors here at UNC. We could not ask for more.
So 9a tomorrow, please be in prayer for our boy as he undergoes the bag test. Hopefully, we'll be able to proceed with extubation. We'll keep you posted! Now some pictures for you to enjoy :)
Isaac showing off his muscles. What a stud!