Monday, January 17, 2022

Heading Home

The plan is to head home today.  Really!  

We thought maybe on Saturday, and were pretty certain for Sunday.  Nope.  But today?  Today it's going to happen!

We were all set for yesterday but about 8 in the morning he had a random, significant desat requiring an early breathing treatment.  And he was still asleep.  Now, if it had happened at 8 pm, we would have just shrugged our shoulders and gone with it.  But 8 in the morning is different.  

Most people who need extra support need more while sleeping.  As the body relaxes, it doesn't breathe as well.  But with pulmonary hypertension, it's the opposite.  As the day progresses, the lungs get tighter, more resistant.  It's harder to make that gas exchange.  So we gain ground while sleeping and mornings are his best times.  That didn't bode well for the day.

However, it didn't go that way.  He recovered and maintained.  And slept and slept and slept.  So about 3:30, we asked the doctor for some more labs.  We were worried that we were missing something.  Throughout this whole stay, his heart rate has been 20-30 beats per minute higher than normal, and he was just sleeping SO MUCH!  

But everything came back really good!  So my thought is, he finally wasn't uncomfortable or in pain (stupid ear infection) and his body was finally able to rest!  He did wake up pretty well about 9:30 last night and got ready for an all night party, but took pity on Mom when I turned off the light and was actually pretty quiet most of the time.

So once we get our papers, we'll bust out of here.  It's going to take time.  We call it "hospital time." That's okay.  It's a holiday Monday, and tonight we'll sleep in our own beds.

"There’s nothing half so pleasant as coming home again."
Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

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