Thursday, November 6, 2008

ICU AGAIN

I wasn't going to blog again for a while but this is the most efficient way to let all of you know what's going on with Ammon.
Yesterday Dad took Ammon to the doctor to see why he was still sounding so rattly and why he wasn't able to sleep. On Monday Ammon really began to nosedive and couldn't sleep - he was up the entire night on Tuesday - just like having a newborn all over again but he couldn't even get through an hour of sleep. We knew something was wrong by then beyond recovering from the croup or surgery. The doctor told us his lungs were clear so he called the ENT that had done Ammon's endoscopy and they called the ENTs at PCMC. They suspected that there might be granulation in the vocal cord area. Granulation is a rapid growth of tissue (Jason can explain it better) that looks like a bunch of mushrooms and it's ugly. Jim took Ammon directly up to PCMC from the doctor's office and they verified that there is a section of granulation under a fold of his good vocal cord. It had cut of about 85% of his airway. They admitted Ammon into the hospital to the medical floor and began a series of cortisone treatments. At 5 a.m. this morning they transferred him to the ICU because his blood gasses were too high, meaning that there wasn't a good enough oxygen exchange in his blood. He has to use a mask to help him breath with a special treatment and they will watch him for part of the day to see if it improves. There hasn't been enough time for the cortisone treatment to probably take full effect. If he doesn't improve, then he will have to have surgery to remove the granualtion. That will happen either later today or tomorrow.
Jim told me yesterday to go to work today and he would stay with Ammon. Now that has changed. I will go up in about an hour and stay with both of them until tonight and then either me or Jim will come back home to do chores and to get Kaitlin to school tomorrow. We will update the situation on Ammon's blog so check there.
Brent was here last night to attend a meeting this morning and then he has to fly directly back home but he was able to go up to the hospital last night and help Jim give Ammon a blessing. Thank you so much, Brent! Friends put Ammon's name on the temple prayer rolls yesterday so Heaven's blessings have been sought once again. Please keep him in your prayers.

8 comments:

chelsey said...

Hang in there bud! We'll keep you in our prayers. I'm glad Brent was able to be there and help with the blessing. What good luck with timing! How funny that he was the closest distance to you since Jess is out of town!

Jess and Jen said...

We hope things go well for you today, buddy. Mom and Dad, hang in there! -Jess

Lisa said...

Wow, Ammon It's one thing after another. We keep praying for you. Feel better soon.
Love the Hortons

Mike and Adrianne said...

Ammon, we love you. Get better bud.

Tink said...

Oh man! I'm so sorry to hear this change of events. Ammon will be in our prayers and on the roles of the temple!

Team Clark said...

Hope you're feeling better Ammon!

Jason said...

We're praying for you, Ammon. We hope you get well.

Lokodi said...

We're hoping and praying for you Ammon to get better.

Hans