Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tuesday afternoon's experiment to turn off the suction to the chest tubes in order to seal the holes in his lungs worked for a time, but over the next 24 hours, Eric's pneumothoraxes, the air in the spaces around the lungs, enlarged and caused Eric to become increasingly short of breath by yesterday afternoon. They turned the suction back on to rid that air and reinflate the lungs, and Eric's very comfortable now. The respiratory therapist discontinued the nitric oxide last evening. And I'm guessing they'll furthur wean the ventilator today. But we still have the issue of what to do with these persistent lung leaks. I'm sensing they're thinking surgery may be the only way. We're getting so close to Eric being extubated again. Will surgery keep him on the vent another week? Will surgery solve this problem? We're praying for physician wisdom.