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.


Tuesday, November 21, 2006


Nate was discharged from the PICU this morning and arrived HOME at 12:35PM.

More details later....

Monday, November 20, 2006

Nightly Update 11-20-06

Nate had a pretty good day on Monday. He was fussy and struggling a little bit this morning but once we got everything done, he did better. He was awake a good bit overnight, so he took a late morning nap that turned into an early afternoon nap as well. He was in a good mood this evening and even watched a little Monday Night Football as I got him ready for bed. Once I got him turned and started Veggie Tales on his DVD player, he was in a zone. So much so that I had to pause the DVD to get him to look at me as I was telling him "Good Night"!
The chest x-ray and the airflow throughout both sides of his lungs were better today so Dr. Carey was pleased with his progress. We'll continue to monitor his progress and a round of blood work is scheduled for Tuesday morning.
Thanks for checking on the little guy and we'll keep you updated...