Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Benjamin is doing about the same. He was really cold today so they brought some warm blankets but that didn't really work so they brought out something called a bair hugger. It is basically a heater with a hose that hooks into something that looks like an air mattress. It is toasty warm under there and he has been sleeping since they put it on early this afternoon.

Tonight they are going to start weaning Benjamin off the ECMO. It is a really slow process and it totally depends on how he does as to when he will come off the machine. They of course don't want to take him off too soon so they do all these tests and slowly lower the numbers and then do more tests. The nurse on today said she wouldn't be surprised if it would take until Monday. We are trying to have low expectations so that if it does take a long time we won't be surprised or overly disappointed.

He is a lot more settled today. Probably due to the fact that he's had a couple explosive diapers and is now nice & warm. We now have to wait for his lung function to increase and pray that the rest of his body will remain strong enough to help this process along.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you, Greta and Gary! Can only imagine how you're feeling, and am so in awe of how strong you are through this. Teresa and Mike Kelly

Anonymous said...

I pray that you have the strength for today and a good outlook for the next few days. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Frank & Mel & Kidlets

Anonymous said...

Praying everything will work out for Benjamin .May the Lord give what you need in the days ahead .Thinking of your family and holding you all up in prayer . Love Dad and Eleanore and family .Big Hugs .

Barb Delviken said...

Greta & Gary ~ For you I Pray unceasingly for Wisdom in the days ahead.

Benjamin ~ For you I Pray for Peace and God's hand of Healing on your precious body. I MISS You & LOVE You xo

LeanneO said...

Dear Gary & Greta, we are praying that as you call on the Lord over these next days that He will make you to feel the preciousness of being held in His tender hands. God be with you and your dear, sweet Benjamin.
big hug.