Saturday, September 1, 2012

September 1st

Just got off the phone with Blake's doctor. The plan to start feedings again this weekend has changed. The nurse told us this morning that he was still having drainage making its way out of the hole where the Penrose drain was. They aren't quite sure if the drainage is left over from the initial tear or if the perf in his bowel is still there.

The new plan is for him to get another set of xrays done tomorrow to see what's going on in his belly. Depending on what they see, they may go ahead and do a dye test where they put dye in his feeding tube to see how it goes through his system. Hopefully with these tests we'll have a better idea about what's going on in his belly.

Other news is that they replaced the nasal cannulas with an oxygen mask type thing. The cannula was working but Blake opens his mouth which allows the pressure of the air to seep out instead of keeping the pressure in his lungs when he needs the assistance with breathing. It's a little set back but its not a major thing. Once he is strong enough to breath on his own again they will put the cannula back in.

With all the great news we've had lately, its easy to think that it will be a smooth road from here on out. They told us there would be bumps in the road. We just have to remind ourselves of that from time to time. Even with these few little bumps, Blake appears to be improving and staying stable in all his labs, tests and vitals (besides the desat. which is why they gave him the oxygen mask thing). We still have a long road to go down before he can come home so we just have to keep hanging in there!

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