Thursday, February 18, 2010
ECHO AND HOPEFULLY EXTUBATE!
The plan today is to extubate Witt! He will have an echo on the heart first and if that looks good then he will be taken off the ventilator and put on CPAP. It is such a blessing to have Dr. Knudson on the CVICU floor. He too, like Dr. Macicek, is in the cardiac fellow program. Dr. Knudson has seen Witt many times now and is very familiar with him. Witt's lungs actually look a little wetter today but Dr. Knudson knows that Witt's has secretions increase the more active he is because of being on the vent. There usually seems to be a best time of opportunity to take Witt off the vent and then the fact that he has been on the vent for some time begins to work against him. Once again Witt's feeds are being held in hopes of extubating. Today feels huge!!! The main reason that this open heart surgery was done was in hopes that it would improve Witt's lungs to the point that he would not have to be on a ventilator which would mean also needing a trach. I know that God's word says that we don't have because we don't ask AND we ask for the wrong reasons. I am asking God to heal Witt's lungs...to allow Witt to come off and stay off the ventilator!! One of my greatest hearts desires is always for God to be glorified. I desire: "that they may see and recognize, and consider and gain insight as well, that the hand of the Lord has done this..!" BUT, I wouldn't be completely honest if I didn't tell you that today I am at the throne of grace as a mom and grandmom simply asking God for the echo to show that the mitral valve is working better and to allow Witt to breathe without a ventilator!