We brought him in for surgery this morning and he was his normal happy self. No wheezing or coughing or any respiratory issues. When they took him back to the OR, and put him under anesthesia he started to have respiratory issues. They stopped surgery before any incision had even been started. He had to be given several medications to stabilize him and has remained intubated and on a ventilator since about 10am this morning.
Needless to say, this has been a complete shock to us and not anything like what we expected for a minor hand surgery. However, God is still good and has proven Himself faithful as always. Levi is stable and is under close monitoring in the PICU. We are trying to determine the cause for his negative reaction. There are three possibilities that we are investigating:
1) Viral Respiratory Infection
2) Bacterial Respiratory Infection
3) Fluid in his lungs from reflux
The medical staff are very optimistic for a full and complete recovery. One of our many questions that remains to be answered is how long will he be on the ventilator and intubated. We should know if it is a virus or bacteria in the next 24 to 36 hours. I am hoping it is merely reflux and not any type of infection. The cause of his issues will likely determine how long he will need to remain on the ventilator.
Thank you so much for all of your prayers and words of encouragement. Jarred and I are doing well considering the circumstances. We both are staying here in the PICU and just found out we were chosen to use one of their overnight rooms. That is a huge praise, so we can take turns sleeping tonight. I will do my best to keep you updated on our handsome baby boy, Levi.