Ethan continues to keep the staff busy. At least they have been really good about giving Ethan nurses that know him and adore him. They are great to Greg and I also. So it was another day, another new chest tube, another new art line, and even more chylous output. We passed the 600mL mark in this 24 hours!
Greg and I had a "team" meeting with the docs and nurse practitioners this afternoon. We wanted to make sure everyone was on the same page and going in a direction Greg and I were comfortable with. It was a good meeting.
They decided to put in a chest tube on his right side. He has had fluid on that side for over a week, but not a lot. They finally decided it wasn't going away and it wouldn't hurt to get rid of it. They have stopped feeding him through his abdomen and are only going to feed him via his IV's. Trying to eliminate ALL the fat he is getting. He is also getting constant blood products. They are to help replace everything he is dumping out in his chest tube. If stopping the feeds doesn't decrease his chest tube output drastically with in the next few days, then he will get a procedure this weekend or Monday to try and stop it.
Ethan is also going to get a big dose of tPA tomorrow. It is a potent blood thinner/clot dissolver. They are hoping to rid his clots. It has potential to cause internal bleeding and or bleeding from all his incisions. Please pray it works and doesn't cause more problems.
The good news is they are going to start trying to wean him off the ventilator tomorrow if he stays stable tonight. Oh how bad Greg and I want to see that tube out of his mouth and hold him again.
Thanks for the love-