I’ll keep this update brief, but hopefully still informative.
As you may have seen from the update earlier today, Beckett was unfortunately REintubated again. Yes, yes…this was certainly disheartening, but only disheartening because of our impatient nature. This decision to REintubate was for his own good. We just want him healthy…whatever it takes, and however long it takes. He really hates the tube going down his throat and requires a lot of extra attention to calm him down (most likely because he’s had a “taste” of what it’s like to not have a tube down his throat), but that’s nothing a few thousand pats on his back can’t handle. Yes, he loves being pat on his back or behind…it settles him right down. Unfortunately though, as soon are you stop, he is not a happy camper (we are going to have massive, and weird, hand and forearm muscles). He does seem much less distressed from a breathing standpoint, but not necessarily from a annoyance standpoint. But once again, this is just a necessary evil, and as long as this is helping us move towards the end goal of getting “healthy”, than so-be-it.
We did find out some pretty great news today…his E.Coli is GONE! Yay! He will need to continue his full 10 days on the antibiotics though, but still…that’s really good news! Sooo, no more MRSA or E.Coli.
Also, he will be tapped tomorrow morning to drain the pleural effusion (fluid) from around his lungs. Though this is yet another “operation”, it is minor and should be fairly quick and relatively painless. In fact, he should be feeling a lot better once that fluid is gone.
Whelp, that’s about it. Yet another day. We do, however, try to hang on to simple truths and positive reminders that it was yet another day we were blessed to be with our son. Again, there is no guarantee of another day with anyone (husband, wife, mom, dad, brother, sister, son, daughter, grandma, grandpa, friend, etc.). Sooo, take advantage of the time you are given. It is a gift, not a right. Life is a precious commodity, be a good steward.
— with Leah ‘Whiteley’ Rupp at st Vincents womens hospital.