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!
Here is some much requested video!! The sedation slows
Witt down some but not the vent!

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4 comments:

Debbie Mueller said...

Praying for God to grant the desires of your hearts, and ours, for Witts heart and lungs. Trusting for God's perfect timing and His peace for all of you.

Jenn said...

Witt and Grandma are quite a pair!!! Precious video! We continue to pray for strength, comfort, and peace. Prayers for Witt's lungs to gain strength to help him breathe without the ventilator! We love you all so very much!
Jenn & Joseph

Antique Therapy said...

I have been reading your blog for a few weeks now and have been saying a few prayers for your cute little guy!! I have a nine month old at home and he is the love of my life. Even with all the pain little Witt must be in he seems like a determined little guy!! He is so cute, hugs and best wishes to you all from baby Alex and his mama Keri!

connie said...

Oh, my goodness, he is amazing, playing, alert, on the vent. He is beautiful!