Monday, March 16, 2009

Re-Intubation

Eli fought and fought, but breathing on his own was just more than he could handle today. He's been re-intubated, and they'll try again next week, probably. In the meantime, they'll start running him through some strengthening routines. His lungs and all the muscles needed for breathing just aren't strong enough yet. The reality is that he's been intubated his whole life, so he's never had to use those muscles. The exercises they'll run him through will help build those back up.

He was off the ventilator for 4 hours, breathing on his own. Although it was very labored, he was maintaining proper blood-gas levels on his own. He was just exahusted... (literally?)

The photo was taken during that time. We've all commented on how much he resembles Paige, but it's even more pronounced without the medical tape moustache, don't you think?

6 comments:

Bonnie said...

One tuckered out, handsome little guy! Looks just like his big sister!

We are heading to Fresno to a DR. appt. in the morning. Let me know early if you will be there in the a.m.

Love,

Bonnie

The Favelos said...

Such a cutie, and yep, looking just like Paige. You can tell he is wiped out, poor little guy - working so hard. I am glad for his medical team, and everything they can do these days, that they can give him exercises etc. and I am praying he will be ready next week! Sorry it was so hard on him, and on you guys.

Lot's of love and prayers,

Heather

Rebecca Parker said...

He's so sweet! Looks like he's got the perfect little boy hair. So sorry that he's got hard things to go through at such a young age. Just as sorry that you have to see it. Still praying.

Tamara B said...

loving you guys!

Anonymous said...

I know you've got people around the globe praying for you four, but I wanted to let you know you can add at least three Bakersfield congregations to the group! Everyone at my work is in love with Eli, too. He's an absolutely beautiful little guy!

Sarah

Cathy said...

We are keeping informed via your blog and praying accordingly. Just want you to know that we think of you daily. Eli updates are also popular with my colleagues at work with whom I have shared your story. I can't help but think how lucky we are that he was born in this day with the current technology available.