Wednesday, November 22, 2006

He's Home, Happy, But Still Struggling

I can't begin to tell you how wonderful it was to wake up to Nate's cute sounds this morning, instead of an alarm clock, and rushing around to get to the hospital at the crack of dawn! Nathan is doing okay, he's definitely happier to be home. But, he is still battling and fighting. He has been on oxygen a lot, even more so than the hospital. He needs it continuously when he is sleeping, because he just can't breathe deep enough, even with his bi-pap on. He has been on O2 most of today and his lungs sound really junky. His heart rate is high and his breathing is very labored.

Our respiratory therapist came out yesterday to set up a heated humidifier into the bi-pap. This hopefully will moisten the air and help to heal his nose. Being on the bi-pap, and having to bleed in oxygen, is really drying his nose out. It seems more bloody, crusty and stuffed, even more so than when we were admitted to the hospital. We pray the humidifier will relieve some of those problems.

Dr. Carey discharged Nate from the hospital, knowing he was not 100%, but there really was not much else they could do at the hospital that we couldn't do at home. He had already been on 3 different IV antiobiotics for 16 days or so. He is on Augmenten now and is still getting an extra type of breathing treatment on top of his Xoponex treatments. We continue to do the Vest and Cough him as much as possible.

He is definitely sleeping better at home. He took a 5 1/2 hour nap yesterday and slept all night. I don't think he slept well at all the whole time he was in the hospital, and as we all know, when you are sick, rest and sleep are very important.

We are so happy to have him home, but we are still battling this illness. Please continue your prayers, as they are still needed. Thank you for checking in on our Angel.


Jennifer

4 comments:

Gammy said...

Praying he will get better soon. Love, Gammy

Sue McMullen said...

Glad Nathan is sleeping. That is so important to healing.
And I am sure that his parents need sleep, too!
Prayers continue, for rest, strength and healing.
Love to you all,
Sue

Anonymous said...

Praying for rest and strength for sweet Nate. HOpefully now you can get some rest, too.

LOve, Miss Donna

Anonymous said...

I am glad you are all back home. Praying for your strenth and Nathans healing!!!

Love,
Sheri McKenzie