They have to do this horrible treatment on David were they suction the secretions out of his lungs. It is so sad because David, who never cries, cries every time they do it. His vocal cords are still sore and swollen from the ventilator tube so when he cries it sounds like he is hissing. You only know he is crying because you can see the tears and desperation in his little eyes.
He has been struggling with his Oxygen saturation levels (better know as SATS). Normal oxygen saturation levels should be 95% to 100% but in David’s case they would like him to remain above 90%. Last night he kept falling in the 70’s so David had to be put on a Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure machine (BiPAP ). It is a breathing apparatus that helps get more air into his lungs. It is a step above oxygen but, below the ventilator.
I am still trusting and believing! I am just tired =( Although, I am ecstatic that David is more awake, him being alert has caused some other issues. It has become a constant battle to keep him relaxed, he is irritated by all of the cords “tying him down”. I keep having to try and keep him from ripping out his tubes, leads, IV’s, and all the fun stuff he still needs right now.
Quote of the day:
“Courage is fear that has said its prayers and decided to go forward anyway.” ― Joyce Meyer