Friday, April 25, 2008

Friday Night

He is still on the ventilator. His carbon dioxide levels continued to be too high for extubation to take place. His steroids have been discontinued to give him some more natural time to grow new strength and lung cells (alveoli).

Mikan is currently on about 45% oxygen. His PEEP is 6 and his SIMV pressure is 45. The tendency is too need an increase in support once the steroids have been discontinued. We'll see.

Mikan told me that steroids were not fair. He did not want an asterisk by the date that he got off the vent. Therefore, he plans on making lots of progress without the steroids to prove how much of a man he is. If not, he is going to be a Cal Ripken Jr. in terms of time on the vent.

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