Monday, July 23, 2012

Off the vent

James had a big day today. After over 48 hours of no ventilator setting changes (a new record), Dr R decided it was a great day to take the plunge to CPAP. He said James may need to go back on the vent in the next 72 hours but it's worth giving him a shot to see how he does.

Well, 6 hours later James has done pretty well breathing on his own. There are some things they are concerned about - like when he forgets to breathe and drops his heart rate (bradycardia, common in preemies). They will give him a good shot at the CPAP, and they do have a few tricks up their sleeves to help. We are hopeful that James is ready and able to keep up.

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