Wednesday, September 30, 2009

One Breath at a Time

That's how we're taking it these days. Last night Alex managed to keep his temperature down, and his oxygen saturation improved bit by bit. Today his temp was still around 99 until about 5 when it started to come up again. Could just be his body fighting the inflammation; we don't yet know if the fluid in his lungs is growing any "bugs". (That's the term the doctors use, really!)

They were able to adjust the pressure setting and the oxygen flow setting on his ventilator today, lowering them as he became better able to oxygenate his blood. Will see what things look like tomorrow morning... it's a roller coaster.

This morning's xray showed less fluid in both lungs than what they found yesterday. This is great news and we hope that trend continues!

His heart, kidneys, liver, and digestive system all continue to function well, thank heavens. If we can put this pneumonia in its place, we can get the trach tube in; if we get the trach tube in, we can start to wake him up and wean him off the ventilator; once that happens, he can get up and walk and finally get well. They say once they get up, patients improve immeasurably.

Looking forward to that day...


  1. Still sending good thoughts your way! Sounds like things are improving, so hang in there! All will be well and all manner of things will be well. :)

  2. Yes, Nancy, once we got mom up and shuffling down the hallway, she improved greatly. For soe reason temps always seem to go up in the evenings...never got an explanation from a doctor about that one...but less fluid in the lungs is good. Hang in there, it looks like the horizon is in sight! I'll be praying for a progressive day for him and some peace for your spirit...breathe deep :)

  3. Thank you, ladies! We're taking it one hour at a DEEP breath at a time.


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