May 21, 2010

PICU Day 3

Today wasn't exactly the best day. For any of you who are regulars there, you know that your entire day in the PICU revolves around how good of a nurse you have. Right off the bat we knew we were in for a long day just by talking to the nurse.

When we got there the docs were concerned about some of the readings we they were getting off the vent. Carter was also having some Bradycardia (slow heart rate) which was getting them worried. We were fortunate to get a really good Attending doctor who had faith in Carter and wanted to extubate him anyway. She warned us from the beginning that it was highly possible that he would fail, but that she still wanted to try. They took the poor little guy off of pain meds and sedation because he needed to be really awake to get extubated. Unfortunately that just led to "super grumpy Carter" who kept on clamping his chest down to where even the vent couldn't help him breathe. After a couple of hours of Carter crying and thrashing around, it was finally time to extubate.

He just couldn't handle it.
They had to reintubate.
They think that he has some swelling in his Subglottic area. He was trying so hard to breathe, but his airway just wouldn't let any air through. It was pretty sad to watch.
The new plan is to keep up on the steroids, and keep him sedated and on a Morphine drip until Monday. Then they will try to extubate him again.
Today was very much like those scary days in the NICU, so we are glad to have it over with. Tomorrow is a new day.

11 comments:

Snarky Mom said...

Oy, I remember those days. I remember the instant dread when I saw certain nurses walk in the room. Tomorrow will be better, it's one day closer to coming home! Still praying for him. And you.

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

Poor bub ... I hope that he has a restful weekend and Monday's extubation goes much better. I hate when you just know it's going to be a long day based on the nurse. I hope you get better ones this weekend!

I have to tell you, his little eye looks much better than I thought it would! It's not nearly as swollen as I expected to see. He's doing awesome. :)

Lacey said...

Oh I just had a major flashback with Jax. Sorry you had a bad day. Who is your nurse? And who is your attending?

Phyllis said...

ugh, I'm glad they are giving him until Monday to recover a little bit more. Poor little man and poor mommy and daddy. I hope tomorrow is better for you all!

Colleen said...

I will continue to keep Carter in my prayers. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day. I know it will because he is a strong little guy! (((Hugs)))

Amber said...

My heart hurts! Goodness!!! Praying for stability, healing, and a seamless extubation next time.

jjpsmommy07 said...

Many many hugs to Carter and your mommy and daddy! Be strong little guy and get well soon so you can go home!

Sherry C said...

oh man poor little guy what a day you wonder what they are thinking. I pray things are looking up. Poor boy. He is adorable and just needs so rest to heal I hope today he is resting easy.

Anderson Family said...

Oh I am so sorry you had a rough day - those are never any fun. We are keeping him in our prayers - he looks good considering what he has gone through. Hoping that your Saturday is a much better day - you have a great outlook - tomorrow is always a fresh new day!

Michelle said...

Keeping you all in prayer.

Hope said...

I'm praying!!