we haven’t seen Emmett this morning (we cant go in until rounds are done), but the word from the CICU is that he did alright through the night, although it apparently took a lot of drugs to keep him sedated, and he still is on the ventilator.
We had quite the scare last night right after the update, when we went back up, and were told we couldn’t go in, that they were having trouble ventilating him, were trying to figure out why, and that someone would come and talk to us soon. 15 agonizing minutes later, the doctor told us that they had determined that he has burst part of his lung, so air was in his chest cavity and the drains in place weren’t draining the air. The ‘bursting part’ of a lung thing is not uncommon during heart surgery, we were told. So they had to paralyze him so that he wasn’t fighting the ventilator anymore, and add more suction power to the chest drains. But they did an echo to check his heart, and the doctor says that is looking fine.
It makes me kind of nervous to go back up there today.
Last time he was in the PICU, after his intestinal surgery, Mike and I just took turns staying with him constantly. This time we’re trying to get out more, because this CICU is much busier than the one in Cambridge and we feel kind of in the way, and because while he’s on the ICU, he has 1:1 nursing care. We know that once he goes back onto a regular ward, we’ll have to be there pretty much all the time, so we’re trying to get as much rest as we can right now.
Thanks for your continued prayers for Emmett. He is such a fighter – he just doesn’t always fight in the right direction.