It is Wednesday morning and we have seen dad. He had a peaceful night, and seemed to rest well. He is pretty much the same this morning. His kidneys did output well overnight and his swelling is down a lot. For this we praise the Lord.
The doctor was not able to take him off the ventilator. He now has been on the ventilator over 50 hours. The doctor does not feel he can make it off the ventilator at this point; but also, he is being conservative. He explained that each time you put in the ventilator tube, the throat swells. Having to put the tube down his throat twice in such a short time has caused much swelling. It would be a major ordeal to have to put the tube in a third time if not impossible. Thus, the doctor is not rushing things.
They will re-evaluate him this afternoon and determine if he can be taken off the machine. Please pray with us that he would be able to come off the ventilator. He has been unresponsive to us since around noon yesterday. We would like for him to respond to us soon. Please pray he would 'wake up' today.
There have been so many encouraging emails sent to dad here at the hospital. It has been a great comfort to read them and share them with the family, and we will be reading them to dad as soon as he wakes up. If you would like to send one, you can go to: www.haysmed.com and click on 'email a patient'. He is in ICU room 9.
Thank you so much for your prayers and words of encouragement. I will let you know what the doctor says this afternoon.
The Lord comforted my heart this morning in my Bible reading. I read Colossians 4:2 "Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving"
We will attempt by God's grace to do just that!