February 18, 2009

Ambrose Procedure

On Thursday, Ambrose will undergo a procedure for his P.I.E. (Pulmonary Interstitial Emphysema). The doctor said today that the procedure is necessary, because Ambrose has small "air bubbles" in his lungs and his left lung is getting worse. The procedure is called Selective Main Bronchial Intubation. I was told it's more like a therapy. The doctor will move the breathing tube a few centimeters down from the center of the trachea into the right main bronchus, which will cause the left lung to collapse. The doctor is hoping that the pressure of the collapsed lung will force the air bubbles out. The amount of time the lung will be collapsed will be determined by the doctor and how well Ambrose is able to maintain breathing with only one lung. The doctor also mentioned that he's never performed this procedure before nor has it been done at this hospital.

As you can imagine, this brings a lot of stress and worry to us. We're still hopeful that he will pull through and keep growing---getting stronger every day.
Charlie is doing well, is up to 12mL of expressed breast milk four times a day and had "two giant poops" today according to his nurse.

Today our 3 year old, John Paul, had his first experience with snow. His Grandpa took him up to Flagstaff to go skiing! He was so happy when he came home. Mostly he was excited that he went FAST down the hill and that he rode the swing (ski lift)!

Gina is doing well at home. She's been able to spend lots of time with Josef. She's patiently waiting for her doctor's appointment next week to see if she'll be cleared to drive again. If so, then she'll be able to spend more time at the hospital with the boys.

Please try to say a little prayer for Ambrose. I'm not sure what time the procedure will be, but any prayer at any time will be beneficial. Thanks!
St. Gerard, who, like the Savior, loved children so tenderly and by your prayers freed many from disease and even death, listen to us who are pleading for our sick child. We thank God for the great gift of our son and ask Him to restore our child to health if such be His holy will. This favor, we beg of you through your love for all children and mothers.

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