It appears Pierce has taken even more steps backwards in terms of ventilator settings today. The guess right now is that this is a result a two-fold problem: 1) they weaned on his steroids yesterday which has resulted in more inflammation and 2)the vent tube was too high and wasn't inflating the lungs properly causing a portion of his right lung to collapse. In addition, they are guessing that Pierce is experiencing some withdrawal from the pain medicine (Fentanyl) that he was on for so long. He doesn't seem to be experiencing bad withdrawals, he just seems more irritable than normal. Just to be safe, they are going to start him on methadone to help ease any withdrawal symptoms. Right now the goal is to get the closed portion of his right lung to open back up, which will hopefully help him be able to come down on the vent settings. I'm sure those of you who follow this blog have been able to get some sense of the series of ups and downs that the NICU life brings. And it appears that today we are experiencing one of those "downs," although we are widely aware that it could be much, much worse.
Please pray for us today. Pray that Pierce's lung will fully inflate and that he will be able to be weaned off the vent. Pray that he won't experience any serious withdrawal from the pain medicine. And pray that Nik and I will be reminded of God's sovereignty admist the chaos.
Lindsay, Nik and Pierce