Friday, September 20, 2013

Last night was much better for Levi.  He only coughed and needed suctioned every 2 or 3 hours, rather than every 30-60 minutes as he had the previous night.  He's breathing fast today, but I think it's because he's actually breathing with his mouth closed!  He hasn't been able to do that in a very long time!  The fact that he's able to even though he's still swollen and congested is a very good sign indeed!

He's still sleeping around the clock, but since he's getting Benadryl that's not surprising.  Sleep is healing.  He's still on humidified oxygen, but has been weaned from 60% down to 40%. He had an Albuterol breathing treatment to help open the airways, and an anti-inflammatory to help with that as well.

Since the breathing treatment, he's needed a LOT of suctioning and he's been coughing more, heart rate and respiratory rate increased, so they took another chest x-ray, which showed improvement from the other day.  If I understand this correctly, part of his right lung is a bit collapsed, which can happen after surgery.

He doesn't seem to be having pain, thank God, but he's still miserable.  Please keep him in your prayers!

Here's a short video of his sweet smiles just before he went into surgery.


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