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.