Friday, June 26, 2009

ICU Day 8 - PM

Andre's Versed sedation for tonight is 2x his usual dose. They need him to be more rested for tomorrow's breathing trial. The respiratory tech again had to make adjustments to the ventilator settings because Andre's blood CO2 level was increasing. High CO2 level leads to lower pH of the blood or acidosis which can be causing the V-tachs. Apparently, Andre's heart had also exhibited SVTs.

A step forward for Andre this afternoon is the removal of the second (and last) chest tube. This should make Andre even more comfortable. I hope it's enough that he'll be less agitated when they do the spontaneous breathing trials this weekend. We would rather that the docs not resort to a tracheostomy. My darling had been through so much already. But as we always say to one another, "we have to do what we have to do".

4 comments:

spiritwoman34atmsn.com said...

Ed, we, as the watchers/listeners/prayers for you and Andre do appreciate your updates and recognize how hard it is at times to write... good thoughts and intentions and prayers continue for both of you...

Ed said...

Thanks for all your encouragement, Spiritwoman. I don't even know your name, yet your continuing support for Andre helps sustain us. The same goes for the other of Andre's online friends.

Brother Ted said...

I can't imagine how hard it is to keep posting to your blog as you deal with such difficult medical issues. I like spiritwoman, I convey to you and Andre good thoughts and intentions for both of you...

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