Sunday, June 28, 2009

LONG NIGHT

Witt is doing well this morning. Last night, however, around 11pm he had an "episode". The doctor said it was pretty textbook withdrawal but it was a little scary for us. It was apparent that Witt just wasn't feeling good. One of the ways you can tell if Witt isn't feeling well is that his birthmark on his forehead fades and almost disappears. I call it his mood mark! Suffice it to say the birthmark disappeared last night! He threw up, was very pale and had a little different eye movement. The PICU doctor was at his beside for most of this. She said that he wasn't having seizures and that it was very consistent with withdrawal symptoms. Witt had been on morphine for way over a week and so he was put on methadone. The doctors decided a couple of days ago that he was way too medicated so he was taken off all drugs cold turkey. Witt's feeds were also started up yesterday. All this contributed to Witt's episode. He is actually back on lower doses of methadone and another drug and is slowly being weaned from those. One of the side effects of withdrawals is a lot of spit...for Witt its a lot of spit with bubbles! Several times an hour he needs his mouth suctioned out. In the midst of all this are lots of various respiratory treatments which are helping with the right lung which has been deflated some! Once again, I will proclaim the faithfulness of our God! He is Faithful to sustain us, He is Faithful to strengthen us, He is Faithful to be our Peace!!! Once again His hand is also very apparent in all the medical staff here at Texas Children's! Kurt, Witt's night respiratory therapist has worked hard so that Witt can remain off the ventilator. Witt's nurse for the last 3 nights has seen us through some tough and at times scary situations with such calmness and strength. Without a doubt God Himself is our Stay and sometimes He works right through the staff!

5 comments:

Jenn said...

Hope you are feeling better little guy! We continue to pray for strength from the Lord. Strength that Witt can take each breath without struggle. Strength that the doctors can do what is right for Witt. Strength for every hand that touches Witt be a healing hand from the Lord! He is our strength! We love you!

Hilary said...

Oh man ! I can only imagine how scary that is to watch and see little Witt go through...praying little buddy for you and your family!!!

Ruth said...

How wonderful God gave him a mood mark to show us plainly when he's in distress! Hang in there, Melanie... motherhood is never easy, and yours certainly isn't, but motherhood is ALWAYS worth it to see them gaze and smile and laugh and love!

rise' said...

Great is Thy faithfulness....

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

Just catching up on the latest. I pray that progress and relief have come in the last few hours. I'm interested in hearing about his mood ring/birthmark. How interesting! Much love. ~Mindy