Didn't see that coming.
Joshua is on the 'roids now and has been for about 24 hours.
His adrenal glands are the latest organ to take the reprofusion hit.
Let's just say that the steroids have made him the slightest bit....
A lot cranky.
So when yesterday evening round about 9pm rolled around and the respitory therapist came in to strap him into his vibrating vest to shake that junk out of his lungs
he began to cry when she turned it on.
It was at this point that I thought two things:
1. Ugh. Now he is crying over the vest. Seriously.
2. That's weird. He typically loves the vest.
Me being the horrific mother that I am sat at the end of his bed,
patted his leg and reassured him through his tears that it was ok
he was ok.
It's really just the vest.
It was at about minute 12 that I really took notice that the vest was vibrating much harder than before.
And it was at minute 13 of a 30 minute treatment that I got up to look at the setting and found it to be at 60%....which is the highest setting
instead of 40%
where it has been the last 3 days.
I turned it down to 40%
because I have absolutely no medical training nor authority to do so
but I'm his mom
so I felt qualified.
Thus I did.
But still he cried.
Finally 30 minutes was up.
We unsnap the top part of the vest and immediately I noticed that there were imprints on his chest from the vest. It was obviously on way too tight. Whoops. That had to have been uncomfortable for someone whose sternum was cut in two a week ago.
Then we unsnap the next buckle and I notice the guaze and tape that covers his chest tube is soaked in blood.
Then we unsnap the last buckle and I see the top part of his chest tube that has previously been filled with draining blood and fluid
is now clear.
And then I heard it.
It was at that point it became very obvious very quickly that his chest tube had been partially removed by the vest and excessive vibration.
He was not being grumpy
homeboy was in pain
one mega plastic seal to stop the air intake
and 4 decisions later
they pulled it.
All of the fluid that was still draining has to go somewhere.
According to this mornings xray it is beginning to collect in his lungs.
So they are watching him closely today to see how quickly the fluid accumulates compared to how quickly he is able to rid himself of it.
It's a dance for sure.
1 step forward
5 steps back
swing your partner round and round.
Can't wait to get off this dance floor.