Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Ben had the full spa treatment,
a nap with him mom
and more birthday surprises.
Today he had his bronchoscopy.
It went really well and was fascinating to watch.
There was no malacia, his anatomy looked normal.
The right side looked beautiful, no surprise there.
It was a mucousy mess. The mucus was SO thick, it was plugging the scope. They had to continuously take it out and flush it with saline. They want him on albuterol/mucus mist twice a day for a week. He'll get his vest treatment during the neb and then cough assist right after. Then in a week he'll have another bronchoscopy to see if there was a difference made. We're hoping that this might help keep his left side open and cut back on PICU stays. Tomorrow we have permission for discharge. :)


April said...

Oh I'm so glad you're headed for home. Hope that bronchoscopy does the trick! WE LOVE YOU!

TMI Tara said...

Glad Ben got a spa treatment for his birthday, but SO sorry to hear about his poor left lung. I hope the battle plan does the trick! So glad you get to go home soon! Love you guys!

Jenny said...

Yay!!! Homeward bound!
(What did they do before those vest treatments?)

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

That poor left lung! I hope the new treatment plan works wonders. Hurray for discharge tomorrow!

I am amazed that during all you are going through, you managed to mail my Monkey a card. Thank you, it was so sweet!

The VW's said...

Looks like they are keeping you very busy Ben! Glad to hear that you are headed home soon! Praying the new treatments work for you! Love, Hugs and Prayers!!!

Heather said...

I'm so glad you're headed home, and praying that the new treatments do the trick!

Jo Jo said...

Glad that those issues are being addressed!

Junior said...

So happy to hear you will soon be headed home.
MucoMyst smells horrible(is also sticky and makes us have to change the filters in the purifiers at least monthly) but it has worked wonders for Junior. He gets it 3-4 times a day during his vest txs.
Hope it works for Ben and helps that lung stay open.

Lots of hugs.

Emily B. said...

Nice to have a treatment plan. I hope it helps that little left side open up. I'm glad you are headed home! Great news!

shirlgirl said...

Glad they could get the mucus out with the bronchoscope. I'm sure he'll feel much better and let's hope it works. Glad you are heading home to your own beds.