Here is what happen exactly one year ago today, on December 21, 2010. My initial estimate of him being in the hospital for 5 – 7 days was, in hindsight, wishful thinking. He spent 3 weeks there.
Ryan Returns to ICU: Respiratory Distress
I’m sad to report that Ryan was rushed by paramedics to the emergency room earlier this afternoon. He began developing a high fever, that topped around 106.8 degrees. His breathing became labored and shallow, with trouble holding his oxygen saturation. He was moaning in pain and just could not get comfortable. His body began to flush.
Chest x-Rays show pneumonia developed in his upper-right lung. It appears we caught it early. The likely cause is from an episode of vomiting yesterday morning. Despite my attempt to clear his airway by deep suctioning, it is almost certain he sucked some of the stomach fluid back into his lung.
He is now in the ICU resting, getting an IV of propofol to sedate him. To protect his airway and deliver oxygen, the doctors inserted a tube down his airway. He is currently on a ventilator. His length of stay will likely be 5 to 7 days, from what we know. Another Christmas in ICU…
Dr. Rodriguez continues to be incredible! He came to the hospital immediately; Ryan was still in the ER. He laid the groundwork for making sure anything and everything will be done for Ryan during his stay.