Brock Rocks

November 1, 2009

Nov 1, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vanessa @ 9:19 pm

This is the hardest update that I’ve had to write so far (and hopefully the hardest one I’ll ever have to write).

This afternoon Brock’s breathing became very labored.  They were concerned that he would get too tired from having to work so hard at breathing and that he might crash.  They turned his vapotherm up, hoping that it would help him breath easier, but it didn’t take long to know that he was going to need some more assistance.  The doctor decided that he really needed to be put on a ventilator.

They think the reason he’s having such a hard time breathing is because 1) there is some fluid in his lungs and 2) his abdomen is VERY swollen and distended.  They know his liver is very enlarged.  We’ve spent most of the day trying to figure out what exactly is causing his belly to be so big and they were thinking it was because of extra fluid in his abdominal cavity.

So one of the things they wanted to do while they were putting in the intubation tube is to also put in a central line.  They would use that central line to hook him up to dialysis in order to get rid of the extra fluid.

The intubation tube went in fairly well, but when the doctor was putting in the central line his belly suddenly got even bigger and his hemaglobin level dropped.  Those two things made us VERY concerned that he was having some internal bleeding.  She ordered another x-ray and ultrasound of his belly.  After a very tearful and stressful hour of waiting, we got those done.  From what the doctor saw on the ultrasound she said she was “95-99%” sure that there was not bleeding in there.  Praise the Lord!

Brock is definitley no where near being “out of the woods.”  He needs a CT scan done to see if his kidney, liver, spleen, etc is swollen.  But he’s not stable enough to take downstairs to do the scan.  They’re hoping he will be well enough in the morning to do that.  They’re also giving him blood transfusions all night long and checking his hemaglobin level every hour to make sure he’s not bleeding somewhere.  There are also concerned about keeping his blood pressure, heartrate, etc in the correct ranges.  Brock is completely sedated and on a paralytic drug and will stay that way until he’s off the vent.

We’re praying that he stays stable overnight and that his belly doesn’t continue to swell (which is a very real possibility).  We’re thankful that there appears to be no internal bleeding.  We’re praying that his blood pressure will stay within the normal ranges and that he will be well profused (getting enough blood flow to his extremeties).  We’re praying that they will know EXACTLY what is causing his swollen abdomen and that it will be something that is treatable.

Thank you for praying along with us.

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