Friday, November 19, 2010
A Rough 24 Hours
Mid morning, the doctors did a bronchioscope (sp?), looking down into his lungs and hoping to clear them, but there wasn't much mucus to bring up. The thinking is that he probably has a lung infection and they're waiting for tests to come back before they can start him on the proper medication. Every time RJ woke from sedation, panic would fill his eyes and we had to tell him all over again what was happening. The agitation was making his oxygen saturation numbers plummet as his physical panic and being intubated had him physically working against the respirator. About 1pm, the decision was made to keep him under deep sedation for the next several days so that both his mind and his body have a chance to rest and recover. As soon as he was settled in sleep, his oxygen saturation reached really good numbers and we're hoping that they'll stay that way.
On the bright side (and we here at blog central must always look for a bright side), his kidney function is improving in a big way and his other numbers are going in the right direction. If we can only get his lungs to heal, we'll be on our way. Because RJ is sleeping, he won't be able to read your comments, but Jessica and her family are keeping track of everyone's good wishes so please keep leaving them. And as soon as he wakes up, RJ will be reading all of the back entries on the blog.
This is the support board that RJ will see when he does wake up:
Your cards and pictures really brighten up the room.