Thought it’d be good, as crazy as things have been to fire off quick hit updates to immediate family since we’re getting a lot of texts and calls. I’ll also copy the blog so that anyone who checks in on the blog can get an update every day or two.
Oakes is rocking it the last 18 hours or so. Overnight, they started to wean him off the vent. He was at 30 breaths per minute as of last night but is down to 20 breaths per minute tonight. They aggressively weaned him today and he took each reduction very, very well. They also stopped his blood pressure medicine today and he, again, reacted very well to this. When I left about 5pm tonight, all of his numbers were great – perfect blood pressure and almost perfect oxygen saturation.
Tomorrow afternoon they’re going to insert a Broviac catheter. This is more of a long-term PICC line. They can use it to give him medicine, they can give him blood supplments, they can draw blood for tests and it can last several months or a year before it needs to be changed (unlike a normal PICC line or arterial line). Also, assuming he has the lung transplant, they would do a Broviac catheter anyway.
We’ve postponed our meeting with the transplant nurse so we can have another day or so to read the lung transplant book they gave us. That’s the latest!
Lots of love,