Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Eric has been "stable" through the night. But it doesn't seem very stable to me. It seems very precarious. He's not ventilating well at all. His vent settings are PSV 35, PEEP 8, FiO2 .90, RR 35. His peak pressures are high, around 50. On that, his PaCO2 is 124, PaO2 67, pH 7.1something, SaO2 88-91. To my non-medical friends and readers, it's all bad. Yesterday, prior to surgery, his SaO2 was 100 on a 3 liter nasal cannula. The surgeon reported his SaO2 was 100 and his PaCO2 was 40 throughout surgery. What happened in recovery!! We haven't seen his morning chest X-ray or his doctor yet this AM, who happens to be off today but we're hoping he comes in anyway. But, needless to say, Bob and I are extremely anxious, worried, exhausted. Because they're so busy with him, the nurses ask us not to be in his room except for an occasional "peak." Last night was the first night since admission that either Bob or I wasn't with him all night. We promised him we wouldn't leave him. Of course, he's heavily sedated right now, but he still may know we're not there.