Kathryn was stable last night and even improved a little. Her ventilator settings were up to 100% oxygen yesterday for most of the day and she wasn't responding. We got a call yesterday around 4:45 pm that the doctors needed to talk to us. Basically, with her oxygen at 100% and the vents breathing for her, she wasn't responding very well and her oxygen saturation was staying in the range of 45 - 70. I think that they were concerned that her lungs could be failing. They started her on steroids last night around 6 pm to help her recover from this and she will get them every 6 hours until she is better. She is also on a pain medication and a medication that relaxes her to a point that she does not move at all. This is so that she doesn't fidget and fight the ventilators and she can calm down enough to let them work for her until she is much more stable. Last night she stayed in the range of 90 for oxygen saturation which is much better and they were able to ween some of the jet ventilator settings. She is still up on her conventional ventilator settings and her oxygen is still at 100%. She is also finally having good urine output too.
We stayed at the hospital with her last night in the parenting room and will go back this morning at 10:00 when they open. The doctors don't know if there is an infection yet, the cultures for that will show best by Wednesday or Thursday. If there is one, this could have all been related, but there is no way to know. Chest xrays are improving, but still a little cloudy.
Dr. Dicarlo was not sure if she would recover from this when we got there last night. He told us that she may not make it through the night if they could not get her to respond to the vents, the oxygen, and the steroids. He seems to be pleased with the improvements she made last night, and we are certainly relieved, but she is not out of the woods yet. Greg and I will be at the hospital today and if she has a better day today, we will return to work tomorrow.
Please pray for Kathryn.