Today was not as great as we had hoped. Natalie has had some ups and downs as usual. They are having trouble sedating her enough so that she does not fight the vent (it works best when she is not trying to breath over it). The difficulty is that if they have to use high doses of morphine she will no longer be able to eat. Good nutrition is vital for healing her lungs and improving the BPD.
There is not much new to report. We are hoping they find the right balance of meds so she can stay on the oscillator. The only other options are attempting the jet vent or going back on the conventional vent. At this point she would require much higher settings on the conventional vent and it would be further damaging to her lungs.