Ainsley went back on Oxygen on the 21st, Vapotherm on the 23rd, and the ventilator on Thursday night, the 24th.
It was a constant struggle to breathe for her, and she wasn't even breathing properly on the vent. SO...she went to surgery on Friday, the 25th, to be intubated with a larger tube. It seems to have helped. That, and they found some nasty infection in her lungs that is now being treated.
The cultures are still growing, but we think she is aspirating her reflux. Which isn't really all that shocking and while a lung infection is a really big fucking deal for a preemie, at least we know now why her lungs are getting so much worse instead of so much better.
Today she has a GI consult. They are going to try to decide for sure if she is aspirating reflux, and if she is she will have ANOTHER surgical procedure called a nissen to help prevent reflux altogether and at that time she will have a g-tube placed.
They have her sedated, because she's an Old Hag in NICU terms and knows that the vent shouldn't be there and it stresses her out. Sometimes? She starts gagging on the tube then refuses to breathe and turns blue.
This kid cannot catch a break!
|What? Anna Wintour swears that blue is "in" for spring.|
You people have no fashion sense.