Saturday, October 4, 2008

September 29, 2008 - PM

Seth was extubated today. It was a bit of a "debate" as the "new" concern is: Can he protect his airway? Seth didn't seem to be gagging at all and had a "weak cough". Also, immediately prior to when we were going to extubate, his heart rate dipped (as low as 70, but mostly in the 90s) and that caused concern (ESPECIALLY for Seth's parents!). In spite of all this, the breathing tube was removed about 2:00 this afternoon. Seth was put on c-pap (a little mask over his nose). He's doing pretty good. As the day wore on, he did seem to cough a little. His heart rate was higher. Late this afternoon they started him on an IV med to dry up some of the oral secretions and that will help as well.

As of our last check in (via phone), Seth's heart rate was in the 120s (he was sleeping so that's where it should be) and he seemed comfortable. The neuro should be doing a clinical assessment again tomorrow so we'll see how things go from here.

We continue to put one foot in front of the other with the help of our Lord, often seen through the support of all of you!!

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