Monday, December 1, 2014

Trach Success and Recovery

The trach operation was a success. He has recovered for the past 6 days. He has had a fever here and there so they did do cultures and determined that there was an infection in his blood culture. They are repeating the culture to make sure there was no contamination but they have him on two antibiotics.

Despite the fevers and now infection He has had his FiO2 down as low as 50% for a few hours and on Sunday he was even at 45% for a short while. Certainly these are numbers we have not seen before. Here are some pictures.

Right after surgery - still paralyzed:

After waking up a little:

More awake:

From later in the week:


12/2/2014 Update: The second peripheral blood culture has not grown back anything as of 6:30 this morning. 
The trach change never happened yesterday. ENT is coming today sometime. 


  1. Such great news!! Thank you so much for keeping all of us posted, especially as busy as you must be. You all are in my thoughts and prayers every day. God bless you.

  2. Great news about the negative blood culture! Thanks for your update about William's progress.

  3. Thanks Kathleen, He is doing good. Some ups and downs with agitation but moving in the right direction. The paralytic is at .02 from .4

  4. Hi, Mike. Thanks for letting us all know that William continues to make progress. I'm so glad things are going in the right direction. Let us know if you think of anything any of us can do for you. You all are in everyone's prayers. God bless you and your family.