Sarah Beth

These pictures added 4-25-06

Daily Stats:
Weight 2 lb 1.3 ozs
50% oxygen on ventilator
Receiving 15ccs milk every 3 hours




Today was another rough day for us.  When we arrived this morning they had put Sarah back onto the Nasal CPAP.  That forces her to breathe on her own giving her constant air pressure through her nose to keep her airway open.  Well, she wasn't really breathing on her own very much.  The past few days she's really been relying on the vent a lot to do her breathing for her, and today she was trying to do the same thing.  They gave her a dose of Thoephylline which is a type of steroid given to stimulate her central nervous system to stop her from having apnea.  She had been on the CPAP about an hour when we got there.  I stayed beside her rubbing her back whenever she would stop breathing to stimulate her to take a breath for another hour.  They finally decided she was just not handling it well, so they put her back onto the ventilator. 

They also did a chest x-ray this morning.  That showed that Sarah has the beginnings of "BPD" (Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia) which is basically caused by her being on the vent for so long.  In layman's terms it is scarring or inflammation in her lungs caused by the ventilator.  It's a catch-22.  The ventilator that is helping her breathe is causing her to rely on the ventilator more.  Right now it isn't horribly bad, but it could get that way if she has to stay on the vent for a long time.  They are going to try to wean her quicker from the vent.  If that doesn't work, they'll give her steroids to stimulate her lungs so she can get off the vent. 

Thank you all again for your continued prayers.  We still need them!
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