Thursday, August 6, 2009 10:27 AM, EDTAs of today, Kyle remains on the ventilator but off the sedation medication and just using pain meds. It appears that he now has pneumonia and a slight fever, so they are giving him antibiotics and Tylonel and it seems to be working well.
Right now, the doctors are trying to determine if his breathing issue is part of his injury. Even though he is on the ventilator, he appears to be working and breathing over the machine which is a great sign. However, he can't quite seem to take those really deep breathes he needs to in order to get his oxygen saturation level in his blood to where it needs to be. His injury is at C7 in his spine and the swelling of the spinal cord may be causing the muscle weakness in his diaphram. We hope that it's temporary and that's why it's taking so long to remove him from the ventilator.