12 hours later

12 hours later and Jane appears to be recovering well. One of the major concerns of the Dr yesterday was that Jane had way too much CO2 (carbon dioxide) build up in her body and he wasnt sure if the machines would be able to support her to blow off that CO2. Sure thing, within hours, they were already weening her from her ventilator settings. In fact, one of the docs came in just now to make more changes to her ventilator because she was blowing off too much CO2, she actually was in a deficit and they needed to keep some on board. Another thing they did yesterday was to switch the type of ventilator Jane was on. They put her on a machine that shakes her lungs and moves them really fast so that it gets rid of the CO2. Some time soon they will probably transition her back to the conventional ventilator. Another number that the docs follow closely is her lactate level. Lactate is a good indication of how her oxygen is absorbing in her tissues. That number was extremely high yesterday and needed to come down. Dr. Zebrack, our doctor for today, said all she wanted was to come back to day shift with a lactate less than 5. Good for her because Jane’s lactate level is already within normal range at 2. In addition to the trauma from CPR it is expected that her kidney and liver function will worsen the next few days and then hopefully start to make a come back within 48 hours or so. She cleared her lactate levels well and so the doc expects that she will be able to recover and bring those high numbers back down, too.

Overall, Jane is paralyzed (intentionally by a paralytic drug) and in a deep sleep. We all want her calm and sedated. She is very swollen, which is to be expected, but that should come down in the next few days. Following CPR (and during) all precautions were taken to  prevent brain damage. Some of the things they do are place a bag of ice on her head, keep her sodium levels high and keep her temperature cooler than normal, ~34 degrees celsius. All of this research is relatively new, but they do all they can for safety.

One of the cutest memories of yesterday is that I kept looking over at Jane and there she was just wiggling her left foot. I kept hearing the doc say,”another dose of Vec.” (vec is the paralytic drug. He was basing the dosage off of her movement) That Jane….she was just letting us know that she is still with it and not ready to go. As heaven and earth is my witness….ALL will give glory to God!!!

12 comments on “12 hours later

  1. Thankful to read this after your last post. We will be praying for you today in church. May the Lord bring about full recovery and strength and wholeness!

  2. marilyn shadr on said:

    Wow! The power of prayer! When I read yesterdays entry I began praying for your sweet girl. First thing this am I checked for todays entry & saw nothing so continued to pray. Now having read todays, I am praising God for His presence in your lives &for His continued work with Jane. From my morning devotional today I wrote an excerpt on a small piece of paper that I will carry with me today, it says “do not doubt God’s promise to care for you.” We must hang on to

  3. Manya K. on said:

    Wow! Crying happy tears now… so happy that she is recovering. The power of prayer is amazing. I love the part about Jane wiggling her left foot, she’s a fighter.

  4. Dydya Rick on said:

    WoW! What an amazing and scary ordeal, you two are so strong to keep your faith and confidence up, so glad you kept pressing the Dr’s to continue and not give up. Your faith, love and belief must have a great influence on the entire medical team to also keep fighting and not to give up. Wish we could be there with you both and just hug you guys!

  5. Paul Sobolew on said:

    Isiah 41:10
    Fear not, for I am with you;
    Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
    I will uphold you with My righteous
    right hand

    • Paul Sobolew on said:

      Isaiah 41:10
      Fear not, for I am with you;
      Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
      I will strengthen you,
      Yes, I will help you,
      I will uphold you with My
      righteous right hand.

  6. Tanya Pavloff on said:

    “In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help, From His temple he heard my voice; my cry came before Him, into His ears.” Psalm 18:6. Daniel and Elizabeth God hears you, your cries come before Him, into His ears. He loves you with the Greatest love. Praying for the both of you and of course for precious baby Jane. Please Lord, oh please ease their heavy hearts and heal Jane …you are the mighty God, King of Kings.

  7. Mom Siapin on said:

    Nothing left to say but our God is AWESOME! Love you all

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