It was a quiet night here last night. Reece’s body indicates he is clearing the lactate…his number is dropping (again, a very good sign). The attending PICU physician just stopped by to say she is glad Reece is trending in a positive direction. This likely indicates that Reece has a bug he is dealing with, but likely his gut is not failing or dying. The tentative plan today is to start dialysis to get some fluid off and clear his blood. She feels that he will likely become more responsive as his body feels better and they are able to wean sedation to some extent. Remember, he is not responsive right now, but it is because of sedation. He is not in a coma. Yesterday, he responded at times when Terry asked him to move a hand or foot. He also moved his head from side to side. After the events of the afternoon transpired, they sedated him more and gave him more pain meds. They also turned the ventilator up so that he was breathing at a higher rate. Before they turned the rate up, he was initiating most of his breaths on his own. Essentially, they turned everything up to support him more, but his lack of responsiveness right now is due to meds and not because he isn’t still with us. When I awoke this morning, I went over to him and was talking and touched his head several times. When I did so, he initiated his breaths on his own–above the ventilator setting that was already quite high. He is still in there and aware on some level.
I’ll update later today. We are so thankful to have Reece covered in your prayers–keep them coming!