Tuesday, January 6, 2009

A Day of Weaning

Heidi and I just stopped in to see Edmund and heard some good news. Today is a day of weaning him off medicines and the big ventilator he is currently using. He is off Dopamine, which was for his blood pressure. Now they are weaning him off his Dobutamine, which is also for blood pressure. He is still on antibiotics for possible infections and hydrocortisone for his kidneys. The kidney and bladder ultrasound came back good and he is still making urine. His oxygen is going to stay at 50% but now they are starting to decrease his nitrogen. He is currently at 15 parts per million and will be taken down to 10 at 4. They will decrease him to 5 ppm at 10, and then go down by 1 ppm ever two hours. These are all great steps to get him off the fancy ventilator onto a conventional.. The conventional one will breathe with him and allow them to move his head every 4 hours. Getting him on the conventional ventilator and off the medicines will allow them to do an MRI to see the status of his brain. tomorrow he will have a scan on his heart.

He is still so sick and has such a long road a head of him...but little bitty parts are healing.
Keep praying,
Dennis, Heidi and Edmund

5 comments:

Stephanie said...

Keep the news coming! We are praying for all of you.

The Burtons
Romans 15:13

Lei said...

Yay! Good Job Edmund! You da man!

Holly said...

Oh how wonderful. Thank you for sharing this with us. You have a fighter on your hands.

Jessica said...

Praise the Lord that there is changes for the good. We have been praying as promised. Praying for Edmund was the first thing I did when I woke up this morning. Love you guys.

Dr. Kristin said...

Praying for you all, and hoping to come see you soon. He's so beautiful! My mom has you all on her church prayer list since Heidi's uncle has been out of town. Please also let me know if I can help at home since I am close.