Friday, November 21, 2014

Ventilator

Wow.  It is easy to get lulled into a false sense of security when things have gone so well for William this past year.  What should've been simple just isn't.  Thursday morning William stopped breathing.  It was the scariest, most heart-wrenching thing I have ever experienced.  Sydnee was with us and I don't know that she'll ever truly recover from seeing her brother stop breathing and the emergency team rush in and take over.  They put him on a ventilator, but even then he continued to struggle.  A mucus plug had broken loose and plugged off his airway.  That happened 2 more times while on the ventilator, which was beyond scary.  I didn't even know a person could stop breathing while on a vent, but I guess when mucus plugs the airway it just can't press through.  Fortunately there was a medical team there to overcome it.  They had to hand bag him (Ambu bag?) until he was stable.  The third time they knocked out his vent, but after the plug was gone he seemed to do well with the bag, so they opted to put him on a bi-pap machine.  William made it through his last CPT without event. He is resting well on the bi-pap and his chest X-ray showed that his lung is nearly 1/2 cleared. Thank you for your continued prayers for him. Dr. says as long as mucus remains in the lung we run high risk of it blocking his breathing again. I was able to take a 10 minute power nap and feel refreshed.

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