Saturday, August 2, 2008

Update #2

When we went to see Kilun earlier they had just inserted the needle to extract the air from the pneumothorax, they got quite a bit out and as time went on they continued to get air out. When this happened with Xadun, it was a one time thing that they took the air out and the needle was out. This time they left the catheter in the chest and continued to get air out. This was concerning because if they continued to get air out, it meant that the hole wasn't closing itself and they might have to put a chest tube in. Before we left for lunch it was finally looking better and they were no longer to air out. This all happened before they did the surfactant. They were waiting to do the surfactant because the lungs react quite quickly to it and it might cause additional leaking and want to get the one taken care of first, hoping if that one was fixed, the surfactant might not cause any other problems. (sorry, run on sentence) While we were at lunch they administered the surfactant and when we got back he had again gone backwards, was on 100% oxygen and was breathing quite rapidly. They were getting ready to put in the chest tube. The nurse practitioner showed us how they were able to see the air in the lung and why they wanted to put the chest tube in immediately instead of waiting to get another xray first. So, they kicked us out and they are doing a little surgery to put the chest tube in. This is new territory for us. None of the boys have had to have chest tubes. We were also told that Kilun has officially bought himself a 7 day course of antibiotics due to all the problems. Initially they start out with 3 days of antibiotics and then go from there depending on how they do. So, we will be here at least 7 days, probably more. And last, but not least, he's looking a little jaundice, so he's also on phototherapy to get that taken care of.

Thank you for all the prayers and support! I am definitely feeling stronger as we deal with all the issues we didn't anticipate having. Little Kilun needs all the help he can get, both from the nurses and doctors here, but most importantly from his Father in Heaven.


Torrie Nicholas said...

Poor little guy. It's amazing how strong they are after everything they get put through. We are thinking of you and praying for little Kilun and everyone around him.

LeRoy & Anne Welling said...

Chris and Melissa,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Be thankful where you are and for the technology and skilled doctors we have in the United States!! We are very blessed!!
Roy and Anne