Monday, February 8, 2010

NOW ON BIPAP!

The doctors changed Witt from the CPAP to BIPAP(Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure). Witt's CO2 level continues to rise. It is now in the upper 90's to 100. Witt's is normally high but I think its' usually below 50. One thing that can cause this is if his lungs aren't expanding enough which also means they are not exhaling enough so the carbon dioxide builds up. The BIPAP is the last step before being intubated. It's a different apparatus than Witt has ever had. Most of his face is covered and it almost looks like he has underwear on his head...it doesn't seem to bother him too much!

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Witt's surgery to replace the mitral valve is still scheduled for this Thursday. There are some questions that I don't have answers for yet like if its an artificial valve or maybe a pig valve. I don't know. I am not sure how long the surgery most likely will take but I think it will start early and last most the day. As I get more information I will pass it on! Please pray that Melanie and Austan are able to get rest over these next couple of days. Pray that God is drawing Dr. Morales near to Him and opening up his ears to hear the very voice of the Greatest Physician!

2 comments:

Preemie Donna said...

Bella had one similar to thst, she didn't seem to mind it as much as we did. We will always pray for Witt, Mel and Austin..

Anonymous said...

Praying for wisdom for the doctors, nurses, and medical staff. Praying for Witt to be free of pain and for comfort and strength for Mel, Austan and the entire family. May God hold each of you in His hands as you continue this journey.