It took 35 liters of oxygen to stabilize his O2. ("A leafblower up his nose" is how I described it.)
Once stable, they switched him to a far gentler cpap machine and inserted an NJ feeding tube.
While we can't find indications of mycoplasma bacteria this time, azithromycin is also anti-inflammatory, and it has been what's pulled him out of the hospital every other time a lung infection has overwhelmed him.
Since nothing else has been working, it seems worth trying once more -- especially since the side effects are so manageable.
Except for a couple intrusions by the medical team, Bertrand slept straight through the night.
Today, I woke up to him giggling at the nurse around 5 AM.
He smiled at me, and then tried to rip his cpap mask off.
Seeing Bertrand alert and showing emotion means a lot.
While still on support, his O2, heart rate and respiration look much, much better today.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we can start gradually reducing his external support today or tomorrow.
This kid wants to come home.
|The view from the hospital.|