Talked to the doctor on duty today. Sam had a full cardiac arrest last night. They started bagging, still wasn’t coming up. At 3:18AM, full flat line on his heart rate monitor, epi was ordered. Chest compressions began. At 3:20AM he had a heart beat. Because it was low, he was still given the epi. His heart rate has been stable since.
Doctor said that there’s no way to know what, if any, brain damage happened because of cardiac arrest. Some babies have no issues, some do. She said that babies who need suctioning down by the vocal chords, where he needed it, while on CPAP, well, they just take them off CPAP and put them on the vent.
So because my little baby needed fricking mucus sucked out of his throat, his heart stopped beating.
Update, Sunday evening.
Over the weekend, Sam stopped peeing. His docs consulted with several nephrologists and put him on a cocktail of meds. Today he’s peed 2/3 of the weight that he’s gained in the last two days. Seriously — he’s up 300g from his Friday weight. Today he peed at least 200g.
I just got back from seeing him; he opened his eyes briefly, seemed to acknowledge me (started breathing over the ventilator rather than riding it and letting it do the work). He also started tugging on the tube again — it was going in and out of his mouth. I gently unwound his hand and told the nurse that she might want to tuck him in better. I’d love for him to be off the vent, but we can’t have him self-extubate again, at least not right now.
This week will be interesting; our weekly meeting with his doc is on Tuesday.