Thursday, May 24, 2012
5/24/12 8:00AM Truman’s night last night was a bit rough but in a good way. I’ll explain. He was up most of the night coughing. His nurse said he would sleep for only about 45 minutes and then would cough on and off for an hour or two. Each time he starts coughing they have to suction out his breathing tube. This is not a comfortable process for him. Overall, a night like this is good because it means he is getting stronger and more awake. Before I went to sleep I spent some time reading Scripture to him and talking to him. For a while he actually focused on me. At one point his nurse came to the other side of his bed and when he heard her voice he turned his head and looked at her! Last night he also passed his first “sprint” test on the vent. Not sure why they call it that but basically he went 90 minutes with no additional help from the vent. He initiated all the breaths and the vent only helped him overcome the pressure of breathing through a small tube. They do this “sprinting” to see if he is ready for extubation (coming off the vent completely). They are saying today will likely be the day! If he is extubated and does well with it then for the first time since his accident we will be able to hold him! We can’t wait. Please pray that he is able to come off the vent and that he continues to breathe well. Whenever a patient is taken off the ventilator there is always a risk that the work of breathing on their own may be too much and the tube may have to be put back in. As I type this Truman’s doctor is in the room watching him and contemplating. Being in the medical field I know that the decision to extubate a patient like Truman is a tough one. Please pray for wisdom for his doctors regarding this decision. Please also pray for continued strength and for healing of his lungs. We will keep you all updated today. Thank you.