Journey to China

This blog documents the Spitlers' progress towards the adoption of Xia Ping He (Noah Spitler) from the PR China. It also documents Noah's medical process in pursuit of a total repair to his CHD (congenital heart defect).

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Recovery Day 2: Slow Progress

Noah has had a good day today, though slower progress than earlier. He is in no pain and remains very groggy. He complains less about thirst since we are allowed to feed him sips of water through a "sponge lollipop". He continually complains about wanting to eat, and makes "spoon to mouth" hand motions every few minutes. I'll admit it's tough to keep telling our little boy, "Yes, I know you're hungry and I'm sorry you can't eat yet."

The various treatments he's on are an amazing balance. As I mentioned earlier, he's on a sedative and pain killers to keep him from moving around. The heart-lung balance is intriguing and complex and I certainly can't explain it all, but I'll tell you what I've learned: Because Noah's heart had a 19mm hole in the middle, he didn't have a "low pressure side" and a "high pressure side" like in a normal heart. So his lungs and body were accustomed to receiving a certain level of pressure (and volume and low oxygen). Now that Drs. Hanley and Sebastian rebuilt his "plumbing" to "normal" and closed the 19mm hole (called VSD), his lungs are now getting much more pressure than they are accustomed to! This leads to stress on the lungs (pulmonary hypertension), so to reduce that, Noah is breathing special air with Nitrous Oxide (NO2) in it to help the lungs' blood vessels. Slowly, they've been reducing this NO2 so hopefully the breathing tube can soon come out (and Noah can eat and talk!).

Now, chances are I've said something wrong in that paragraph- so don't go quote me to a cardiologist! (Ha ha). But I just wanted to explain a bit why he has the respirator in and why he cannot eat or talk.

Well, that's the update for tonight. Thanks for reading and most of all, for your prayers. God is Good.

Adam (+Robin)
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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are glad you are doing good, blaine is waiting to play and run with you when you come back. God be with you noah, we are praying for you, blaine miss you, and will see you soon.
selam and blaine wondemu

July 16, 2011 at 10:45 AM  
Anonymous Mrs. Ruth said...

Noah I am so glad to see you are awake and looking so handsome. I love love your little toes. I can not wait to see you and be able to run and play with you. You are such a special and strong little boy. Robin and Adam stay strong and remember there are alot of people praying for all of you. Hope to see you soon. Tell Noah hello and I love and miss him.

July 16, 2011 at 5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Continuing to pray for Noah and for the strength you all need. Love, Jennifer, Hannah & Haleigh.

July 16, 2011 at 6:22 PM  

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