A better day today. Eric woke up feeling well, but before too long, he had some stomach discomfort. This lasted only a couple hours, no vomiting. And he's been fine the rest of the day. He ate a little lunch. A little dinner. And we'll see how he tolerates his tube feedings this evening and overnight. If there's no more nausea, we're going home tomorrow! It's now almost 6:30 PM, and Eric has been on his trach mask (off the vent) since 9:00 this morning. His venous blood gas this AM was "textbook," the pulmonologist said; pH 7.45, PCO2 45. His SpO2 remains in the high 90s on 27% O2.
There was no prospect of going home until mom demonstrated she's capable of the dreaded trach change. Every 30 days, the old trach comes out and a new one goes in. Manufacturer's recommendations. But it's extremely uncomfortable. It hurts. Eric's stoma bled and he coughed a lot for several hours after the procedure. Very sad. But despite the trauma, he managed to get a little PT in this afternoon. Then Ms. DeFelice came for a visit, on her way back to Lake Charles after a trip to Pa. Also on the pre-discharge agenda . . . I have to take a CPR class 8:00 AM tomorrow morning. This could have happened anytime during the past month. Seems to have been overlooked. Anyway, we're hoping to pile in the ambulance around 10:00.
Pray for a comfortable no-nausea night!