Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Still in the Hospital

Nathaniel is still a resident of Valley Med hospital. Its not the most desirable real estate but its not the worst. Nate had been intubated with a breathing tube for 3 1/2 weeks, including the brief time he was off of it and then had to be put back on.

Last Wednesday they took out the breathing tube and replaced it with a mask that constantly pushes air into his face. He doesn't like it. Thankfully on Monday the doctors started taking the mask off for the day and then putting it back on at night. This happens for 2 reasons.

1. They are afraid of wearing him out by having him breathing on his own.
2. Nate is suffering some pretty hard withdrawals from all the drugs he was on for the 3 1/2 weeks of intubation.

Its scary to see your 1 year-old go through this process and its an added headache. Is was in decent spirits today. The doctor is optimistic that we'll be out by the time he goes to college.

He has the sponges on a stick that are used for teeth and mouth cleaning. Turns out he loves them. He has replaced his old addiction for drugs with a new addiction for mouth cleaning sponges on a stick.

This was Nate on Monday, his first day with the mask off. It was bliss


Allison said...

We're so glad that Nate is able to play and put stuff in his mouth again the way one year-olds like to do. Those mouth cleaning sponges look like so much fun. We're praying that he recovers quickly and gets back home soon.

Shannon said...

He is so cute! Lots of prayers for you guys! Hope things progress quickly.

Dianna Bell said...

What a doll! I've been thinking about you and asking my dad for continual updates. Hope he feels better soon!

Jenny said...

Oh wow, he looks so much better since the last time I saw him...almost a week ago now? Anyway. So glad he's doing so much better. I hope he gets home soon.

Heidi said...

I'm so glad you posted an update. I've been thinking about him so much. He's pretty intense about that green thing, isn't he? :)

Ames Family said...

He's such an adorable boy. Glad to hear things are moving in a positive direction. We're praying that things continue to improve and that he'll be home and healthy soon.

Madsen Family said...

I am glad there is some progress at least. He is so cute, lots for prayers for you guys.