It's night four on the PICU (this time) and it looks to be our last night here! Let me explain the my spunky son's last 36 hours to you.
He has continued to calm down throughout the day which has helped his blood pressure numbers. He is currently being weaned down on the drip (from a 7 to 3.5) and is at 105/65 (goal is under 110). He has thrown up twice this evening at the end of a coughing fit. Soooo much better than the 48 times recorded two days ago!
At 5:20 the BMT doctors came in again to check on Daylon and they were SHOCKED by his improvement! We chatted for a while and then came the news.
Dr. Stephanski (looking at the clock)- "Daylon has 24 hours to turn this all completely around or else you two can not fly home on Monday with your family. We'll be back tomorrow at 5:30pm"
I'm not stupid. I knew this was coming. My first and most important desire is to have Daylon be healthy. The second, is to go home.
I really want to be on that plane.
Alright. So, here are the things he needs to accomplish:
-be off oxygen
-have drain removed
-be off nausea drip
-be off pain killer drip
-be off blood pressure drip
-all meds switched from IV over to oral (would like to see)
-acting "normal" (neurological function returned)
-no positive cultures
If I know one thing about my son, it's that he never gives up. He's the type of person that if you tell him he can't, he'll tell you, "watch me". I'm sure I'll be irked by this attribute 13 years from now, but right now, I love it...and I'm countin' on it!
Since 5:30 tonight, so much has happened! About five minutes after they left, his oxygen saturation went to 100% and so he was lowered from the oxygen every so while or so until he was off it!
He has also proven to be well enough to have his drain pulled and the hole stitched up. They said that it would be painful but not so painful that they have to take him down to the OR. Guess what? Daylon didn't make a peep. The most he did was scrunch up his eyes. Such a toughie. I know I'm bragging, but come on...I'm a mom. We're supposed to do that, right?! :)
I'm so, so, so thankful his fever is gone and nothing has come back positive for infection or bacteria. Three of his meds have been switched to oral form and he hasn't thrown up! Woo-hoo! Like I said, he's down on his blood pressure med and will hopefully be off by morning.
I believe in Christmas miracles.
|All that rubbing and scratching left with two corneal abrasions...again|