Thursday, February 10, 2011

Update on Benjamin

Benjamin had a good night but this morning has taken a little step backwards. They had to do an x-ray this morning to check the placement of the ventilator tube & it was too high so they had to adjust it. Then they had to suction his lungs & readjust his position. He did not take this very well. Yesterday he was at 75% oxygen on the ventilator with saturations of 94% and this morning he is at 83% oxygen on the ventilator with saturations of 78-80%. They did do a blood gas this morning and it was better than yesterday so that is a good sign. When we were visiting him this morning the paralization drug wore off and he started to fight against the ventilator. This was really hard to see. He didn't move his arms or legs but his whole stomach and chest started to fight the ventilator. They gave him more drugs again and he right away calmed down. It is not nice to see him paralized but it is much better than seeing him fight against the ventilator like that. We wonder how much he realizes underneath the paralization and sedation and pray that he doesn't really know what is going on and that he is peaceful underneath all the drugs. It is so hard to see our active boy like this but every day that he is still alive is a day closer to him hopefully getting better. Please continue to pray for us as he is still in critical condition and any event can set him back quite a bit. They seem very positive in a way but yet prepare us for a major setback. Please pray that God will continue to give Benjamin what he needs and make him peaceful underneath all the drugs. And pray for continued strength for us no matter what may happen in the future.

For now we are staying over here until he is no longer in critical condition. We are just taking it one day/hour at a time. If you need to reach us the best way is to comment on the blog or facebook. We will try to update as we can but sometimes there is no news as a lot of the time he just stays the same.

7 comments:

Billy and Catrina said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to give us all updates! We are praying that God gives you and Gary strength and courage during this time, and we will pray that God gives Benjamin strength courage and a sense of peace and calmness. Glad to hear that the blood gas was better than yesterday. God bless and know that we love you!

~van ruitenburgs said...

Continuing to pray for strength for both of you as parents and Benjamin, and peace. May God wrap his arms of love around you and comfort you as you continue to wait.

Martin and Wieska said...

Thanks for the update. We continue to pray for you all.

Katrina said...

We are holding Benjamin in our prayers for healing. Keeping you in our prayers as well for strength and patience while you feel so helpless. And of course we will pray for the doctors and medical staff.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the updates We are praying to God that he will give you as parents strength to carry this heavy load .May He bless the hands which help Benjamin to bring healing and peace of calmness to his body.Also the medications that they may work in his body .We trust that the Lord has Benjamin in the palm of his faithful hands and that Benjamin is one of His children .We love you all and BIG HUGS Love Dad and Eleanore .

Michelle Vandepol said...

praying for you

Barb Delviken said...

I am praying for you sweet Benjamin. Words cannot describe the feeling from reading your posts, but I do know my heart will trust in GOD to bring HEALING, PEACE and LOVE to you Benjamin and your family.

LOVE and HUGS to Benjamin " My Buddy"

GOD Bless you all.

Love, Barb xo

ps Greta, please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.