Saturday, February 27, 2016

Hopefully just a Minor Setback

So, the hard part about updating friends and family when a loved one is in the ICU is that things can change in seconds. I thought it was safe to share that Micah had progressed by having his breathing tube removed (it was actually removed at noon). Well about and hour after the update, he was reintubated. He was extubated for about 12 hours and the last three hours were just difficult.

He's a toddler and everyone knows toddlers throw some of the biggest tantrums. He woke up every twenty minutes thrashing about and crying. His SATs dropped, his lactic acid crept up, he got mottled, and finally, after twenty minutes of fitting, he'd calm down. This cycle just isn't good for healing his little heart so the doctor thought it would be safest to reintubate.

Now that he's reintubated, they can give him sedatives and even paralytics to keep him calm so that he heals. It's not ideal, I'd love for him to be extubated, but not if his tantrumming is going to threaten his own safety...