Day 4: Extubation Day!

Wow, what a day! We were talking earlier about how tiring it is just being at the hospital. How we can go over at 8am and come back for lunch totally exhausted! All we’re doing is walking over and just sitting or standing by a bed most of the morning. I guess it’s more a mental exhaustion, though.

Anyways, this morning as I “pumped” in a room away from the constant machine beeps and babies’ cries, I read in the Psalms how the Lord encouraged David “by giving [him] strength.” It’s so true how the Lord is our Source of strength right now! There’s no other way that we could be so calm and enduring.


Last night was a little rough for Leo. His nurse suctioned a lot of fresh blood (through the breathing tubes) which was possibly due to a pulmonary hemorrhage caused by a traumatic intubation (even though it was delayed). Because of the bleeding he was given platelets and later today was given a Vitamin K shot to help clotting (his INR was long).

Also early this morning Leo had abnormal heart rates, so they increased the breathes on the ventilator and sedated him (with Lorazepam and then Diazepam). So as soon as cardiology arrived, he had an echo.

They took him off Epinephrine, which is a med that he needs to be off before moving to Step Down. The only med that is keeping him in the CICU is the potassium infusion.

His morphine was increased to 40mcg this morning, but currently he is down to 10mcg – and no sedatives.

It’s kind of crazy how quickly things can change throughout the day. Mark and I went out for an early dinner, and when we came back we found Leo completely off the ventilator with the tubes removed. They had extubated him around 5pm. Woohoo!


Leo had a second echo this afternoon done by a grumpy older lady. I didn’t realize how emotional I was until I was around someone who was not really nice, and then I had to leave the room holding back tears. I couldn’t find a place to be alone, but ran into a friend who was able to just give me a hug and let me cry. I realized how thankful I am for all of the nurses who are always so upbeat, helpful, and never complain! What a difference it makes! I am also very thankful for other cardiac moms who know exactly what we are going through, and are such a great support group!


Leo also had the Foley’s catheter removed, so a total of 2 tubes were removed today!

During rounds we learned that Leo’s hypertension and tachycardia are probably due to his heart just being irritated from surgery. So hopefully things will calm down in a few days.

Both echos today showed a small baffle leak, too, which they’ll keep an eye on (the baffle is the “tunnel” they created between the atriums, also called the Mustard procedure).

Maybe tomorrow we’ll move to Step Down! That would be sweet!

“The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.” Psalm 28:7


5 Comments on “Day 4: Extubation Day!

  1. Aw that made me tear up! I assume it was Tania that encouraged you. What a sweet heart she is! I am so glad you have that support there.
    I probably would have punched that lady or at least given her a tase of my Chicago side. Lol
    So glad he is off all those tubes! Praying for step down tomorrow!!

  2. Reblogged this on my2monsters and commented:
    Another Leo update

    Thank you to the sweet girl who encouraged Lauren. I think I can guess who you are because we got to witness you encouraging other moms while we were there. Bless you.

  3. Sometimes in life we are given hard trials because God knows we can handle them and to increase our faith in Him. You and Mark have proven that over and over again by praying and using scripture to get you through these tough times. I know God is with you and Leo and all who are taking care of him and those who are giving you support. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love you Beth Bradshaw

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