overnight

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.

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9 responses to “overnight

  1. Saying prayers (((HUGS)))

  2. oh, lauren…it just all sounds so scary. i mean bursting a lung?! i am just so sorry that you all are having to go though this. i am praying that this is the turning point and that this surgery is the one that turns everything around.

    still praying BIG.

  3. Oh my goodness. I’d be beside myself. Poor little Emmett. Praying constantly.

  4. Jenna

    sending love and prayers your way!

  5. Beth

    I’m here in Florida, sending all the love and support and prayers that I can.

    Believing BIG!!

    xoxo

  6. Lauren, how scary! I have all the prayer lists I know of praying for Emmett.

  7. This must be absolutely terrifying. Lots of prayers going up for you all.

  8. Jennifer

    Oh my. That makes my heart pound just reading it. I can’t imagine how scared you must have been. I imagine it was very surreal.

    You are wise to get as much rest now as possible. I pray that you guys will have an uneventful stay from here on out, that your nursing care will be great even on the regular floor, and that all of this is but a distant memory before you know it.

    Hang in there.

  9. I’m praying all is ok with Emmett as the day has progressed for y’all. I think of you and Emmett all the time, and I’m glad to hear he has received the care he so desparately needed! Congrats on your new pregnancy also! What a blessing 🙂 Much love to you and yours…

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