That’s what we’re making right now.
Sam’s morphine has been weaned from 6 to 5. The vent is now back on auto mode, which means he’s doing all the work. It also gives him a backup though and will kick in if he doesn’t breathe.
He’s still adjusting to the decreased pain meds…he needed an extra dose of Ativan last night to help calm him down. And this morning for his eye exam (to check on the progress of his laser surgery), he had a pretty nasty desat.
There’s also debate today about the vent. His current breathing tube is slighty too small, causing him to breathe around it. (it does sound really cute b/c there’s a slight quacking sound, and I pretend it’s him cooing at me or snoring when he’s sleeping). The thought is that since there’s such a gap, the tube/vent is sort of acting like CPAP, so they might try him out again on it tomorrow. The nurse today though doesn’t want him to get switched — she thinks Sam needs a bit more time to rest and recover. The doctor who will make that decision is the first doctor Sam had, the one who got him through his first 3 weeks of life. We trust him, and I’m curious what he’s going to do the next several weeks on his rotation. Will he be able to get him just as healthy and stable as he did those first three weeks. After all, we attribute one of the facts that Sam is here because he made it through those crucial first weeks before getting sick.