We hope that all those who have not been naughty this year found what they wanted under the tree.
Ryan had a restful night. He was placed on a continuous IV infusion of propofol (the “Michael Jackson” drug) to sedate him around 9:00 PM last night. Just prior, Ryan stormed hard. His body temperature went above 106℉ (in less than 30 minutes). Heart rate hit 190 beats per minute. Blood pressure was around 190/115. Respiration was over 35 breaths per minute. Just like last Christmas eve, he was placed on a cooling blanket, packed in ice, and had a high-velocity fan cooling him. This is a tradition we’d rather do without.
The plan is to keep him on propofol until he is extubated, since the ventilator appears to make him extremely uncomfortable. We feel most certain that this triggered the storm.
Please Take Note: The Doctor ordered that Ryan receive no further visitors because his immune system is severely compromised. Right now he is particularly venerable to infection, compounded by being in the hospital environment. Obviously, we don’t want to take any risks with Ryan and support this order. It would be catastrophic for him to battle more infections right now.
The most noteworthy treatment Ryan will receive sometime today is called a bronchoscopy.
A lighted scope is placed on the end of a flexible catheter (called a “bronchoscope) that will be inserted through Ryan’s nose or breathing tube. It will be guided down the windpipe into each lung to both inspect and remove any mucus plugs that might be present. Any mucus plugs gathered will be cultured to see if anything grows thats is not expected.
Holidays are an especially emotional time for our family. It is a reminder of what was lost. It forces me to not “live in the moment” and face the burden that was put upon us at the hands of another.