Tuesday, February 18, 2014

So Far, So Good

We're almost a week from Aaron's vent changes, and he seems to be holding his own.  Actually, doing even better.

Here's how I think of it.  Back in college, I had classes in the Humanities building (funny place for an Spanish/English major, right?).  Anyway, it was an older building with kinda narrow halls.  Top that off with an auditorium for those massive classes right in a corner.  Let's just say, even for a 100 pound freshman girl, getting through those hallways during class changes was a challenge.  Even getting INTO the hallway could be difficult.

So imagine if you are the blood and blood vessels that are supposed to travel through the lungs.  Except the lungs are full, full way up with air (narrow hallways crammed with other students).  It's really hard to move that blood through, causing the blood vessels to be cramped, the heart to work harder, and sometimes the blood decides to escape through the VSD, the hole between the lower chambers in the heart rather than go to the trouble of trying to get to the lungs to pick up that oxygen.  Anyone ever been tempted to just use that Emergency Exit door??

So when the doctor lowered the tidal volume of his ventilator (think "tidal waves" in the ocean, the breath that's pushed into the lungs) and let him set the rate of his breathing, it cleared those "hallways" out pretty good.  The big question was, is he strong enough after over three years of not having to breathe, to be able to start back up and do it all on his own, all the time?

And it looks like the answer is, YES!  It's kinda weird to hear him when he's asleep.  I've gotten so used to 30 breaths per minute, that rhythm, that it's a bit disconcerting to hear 17-22 breaths, and some are really deep, long ones.  But apparently, that's what he needs.  Sometimes he doesn't breathe quite deeply enough and the ventilator complains, but it's becoming less and less often, and it's usually an every other, or every third breath when he's already breathing relatively fast.  So no biggie.  (Part of me wonders if the vent is confusing rocking movement with breathing motions.)

We went in to get some lab work done on Saturday, just to check things, and almost every one of his numbers was perfect.  The only one that was off (bicarbs, produced by his kidneys) was only slightly off.  Plus, he's started using less oxygen on a regular basis.  Again, a sign that the blood is not taking the easy route, the emergency exit through the VSD because it's just too crowded in those hallways.  What a blessing, what a tremendous answer to prayer.

In Other News:

We're looking for a nurse for this cute kiddo. Tuesdays only, from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm. You do have to have a current license because Alpine School District will be the actual employer, but you get to be Aaron's one-on-one nurse, responsible only for him. Five hours with a perfect soul, AND you get paid for it. If you or someone you know might be interested, please contact me. Thanks!

David had his knee surgery on Thursday, and it's been an difficult time with the pain.  But today, he starts his physical therapy and back on the road towards getting back to his mission in Portland, Oregon.  Please keep him in your prayers.  His goal is to be walking five miles a day by the first part of April.  It's a lofty goal, but one that his doctor thinks is doable.  

Michael is following in his big brother's footsteps and getting his tonsils out the end of March.  I almost want to line them all up on gurneys, and the doctor can simply go from one to the next, yank them all, and we'll have it over with.  Taking out stock in ice cream sounds like a good idea.  

Convert difficulties into opportunities, 
for difficulties are divine surgeries to make you better.  
~Author Unknown

1 comment:

  1. Always thinking of your family, praying for your family, and being inspired by your family.