When Caleb decides to start in the right direction, he means it! Around 5:00 pm, his levels started going in the right direction. The respiratory therapist started to reduce the oxygen saturations in his ventilator, starting from 100%. I just got off the phone with his nurse, and now he is down to 65% oxygen saturation and his PO2 levels are still holding at 41! The nurse has been able to reduce some of the medication regulating his blood pressure and it is staying strong at the right level. Soon this will start trying to reduce his nitric oxide levels in the ventilator.
He had an ultrasound of his brain to make sure that there was no bleeding from all of the stuff that is going on. The ultrasound looked fine.
He is still bleeding some from his surgery. He not only looks gross (and beautiful), but some of his blood levels are suffering. They are giving him plasma to try to increase his clotting ability, so hopefully that will start working. They are going to check his levels again around 3:00 am.
In the morning, they are going to open up his chest (it was never closed for real, just Saran Wrapped shut) to make sure there is nothing in particular that is causing the bleeding. That will be done right in the PCTU so he will not have to go to an operating room.
I forgot to post about the heart catheterization earlier. The shunt looked fine, but they weren't sure about the volume of blood flow to the lungs. They thought it looked a little low, but they decided to see if he can maintain the proper oxygen saturation with the volume he is getting before they worry. Other than that, everything looked the way it should.
After the rough start this morning, it has turned out to be a wonderful day! Thank you so much for all of your prayers and comments. It sounds really cheesy, but it does make a huge difference when you are struggling to hold everything together to know that people are praying for you and helping to shoulder your worries. THANKS!