His blood gases are being spaced apart farther which means his little heals won't endure constant pricking to get blood. His latest one done at 2 pm read: PH 7.28, CO2 68 (high), acid level +3. Not excellent numbers but also not terrible. They are keeping his rate at 300 breaths a minute as to not over-expand his tiny lungs. His lungs will take awhile to heal, grow and improve to the point that he is able to breathe on his own. His Oxygen level when we left was down to 45%, compared to mid-60%'s yesterday. More improvement and tweaking on the JET ventilator.
He is getting his daily doses of Morphine and Versad (might be misspelled) to sedate him to allow the ventilator to work its magic. Hudson loves his belly time and was taken off the billy light today, hopeful his number drops from its 4.4 level this morning due to his ability to stool. Who knew stool could mean so much - introducing feedings and a billy light turned off which means no more goggles!!
Let's hope for another solid night of improved performance and his ability to get his CO2 level down to around 40-50.
"Look at my new bag, I have already put some stuff in it from my intestines." - Hudson
"Not only do I love my belly time, I also got this orange feeding tube to give me my first feedings tomorrow!! I'm so excited I think I'll nap to pass the time away." - Hudson
"I'm glad they put smaller diapers on me, now I can pee through them and make nurses change my bedding. This way mommy gets to hold to me, which I love!!" - Hudson