Abbreviations or definitions:
CO2= carbon dioxide
BPD= bronchopulmonary dysplasia (lung disease that Benjamin has from being born premature)
diurectics= medicine to make Benjamin urinate
Benjamin is having a hard time blowing off enough CO2. His CO2 levels are in the 90's. For him they'd like the CO2 levels to be in the 70's-80's because he has BPD. They think that his CO2 is high because of his metabolic needs. What this means is that because he is having a hard time getting rid of fluid, and they have to give him diurectics, his potassium, sodium, etc levels are all too low. So he will compensate by not blowing off enough CO2. At least this is the way I understand how they can explain it. If you're a nurse & I'm wrong you can correct me. So the plan is for them to bag Benjamin to see if this would help his CO2 and if it does, then they would probably switch Benjamin over to the conventional ventilator.
This morning I gave Benjamin a sponge bath with some nice soap and then put lots of lotion on him. (Thanks Auntie Alice for bringing that from home for me. Now I smell really nice.) Benjamin's skin is so dry from the air in the ICU. Tomorrow we are hoping to give his hair a good washing if he will tolerate it. We were going to do it today but Benjamin had a lot done to him and was dancing a bit so we decided we'd wait until tomorrow and see how tomorrow goes. If there is too much going on, Benjamin likes to dance around which makes the ventilator start beeping and doesn't do good things for his O2 saturations.
Anyway, that's about all I have to report today. If you have any questions ever about what I write on here, feel free to ask. I can't promise I'll always be able to answer them but I will try my best. Oh, and by the way Wieska, he has still been having fevers off & on but the doctors don't seem too concerned about it. They've sent cultures & bloodwork off for testing but it takes a few days to get the results.