Fully sedated once again

Fully sedated once again

Leah isn’t so well today and her oxygen requirements have increased again.
They have sedated her fully in order to reduce her body’s need for oxygen and to keep her comfortable and relaxed.
The doctors are worried about her medical condition but they don’t believe that her life is in immediate danger.
Her condition isn’t stable enough to have a CT scan as it entails leaving the ICU unit and using a portable ventilator etc.
There is “parent friendly” docs on duty today thankfully – this makes a huge difference to my stress levels!

 

My new sleeping arrangements

My new sleeping arrangements

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Leah was fully sedated & unconscious last night so I slept in a nice room in the Cancer Centre beside the hospital.
Doc says that Leah made some progress during the night & they have been able to turn down her oxygen a bit which is good news.
They have temporarily reduced her sedation so that she is awake for a while this morning.
She was allowed some Polly Pineapple ice pop which she enjoyed.
The ICU is managed by the anaesthetic consultants on a rota basis so Leah has a different consultant every day – I’ve met 6 so far.
They all have very different personalities & different balances of optimism/pessimism in how they communicate information & some have better “people skills” than others & to an extent this can add to the challenges of the situation.

 

Leah is now fully ventilated

Leah is now fully ventilated

Doc has been out to say that the procedure has been successful.
Leah is now on a ventilator & fully sedated.
The ventilator will do the breathing for her while we wait for the treatment to work.
They have also taken samples from her lungs to test for bacteria, viruses and fungi just to be absolutely sure that they have her on the right treatments.
After a day or two they will reduce the sedation so that she can be more aware of her surroundings while she is on the ventilator.
Doc says that patients usually adjust quite quickly to being on a ventilator & cope reasonably well with it.