Rose was given a routine blood gas* last night which showed her carbon dioxide is high. This indicates insufficient ventilation so she’s back on high flow. Interestingly I raised the high flow issue a couple of days ago when I thought she was inappropriately sleepy and losing interest in feeding again.
A blood test also showed her platelets are very high. Apparently this could be a viral response.
I feel they stopped the high flow too soon and she could have used a couple more days support while she was recovering from her illness. It certainly made a difference for her while she was on it. I think it’s the reason she seemed so good when I came back to the hospital. Over the past couple of days she’s definitely been deteriorating.
Now as I sit here with her her oxygen saturation is much lower than usual, even on 6 litres of high flow and 26% oxygen support, so I’m fretting. Hopefully it’s all just the after effects of the flu and nothing more complicated but I am feeling quite uneasy about it. Roxy is on today and is well on top of the situation so Rose is in good hands.
High flow makes transfer to Children’s impossible so we will be staying put for a couple more days at the least I am guessing.
* blood test to determine the levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and acidity in the blood, test is performed by collecting blood from a heel prick in a small clear straw and placing it in a special machine, results are instantaneous)