Off the Tube

Just a few days ago, Garrin took a nose dive that we weren’t sure he would come out of and today, shockingly, he was extubated! No more breathing tube! There is a chance that he will need to be reintubated, but as of now, his blood gas results have given him the green light to stay off the tube. The longer he can go on this new type of ventilation, CPAP with a rate, the better for him. As if to respond preemptively to the disappointment I would feel should Garrin have to be reintubated, the doctor made it clear that every hour that Garrin stays extubated is a win, and his declining CO2 levels and oxygen needs are encouraging.

It was so amazing to watch the nurse simply pick Garrin up out of his isolate and hand him to me, rather than the three person team approach I have become accustomed to. Garrin lay on my chest, positioning his head freely, where previously his tubes had been taped to me and I was instructed to hold his head to prevent unintentional extubatation. What a difference a few days can make!

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” ~Isaiah 40:29-31

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