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Posted 2015-08-01T00:43:45Z

July 31st, 2015 - Day 4 Post Surgery

Yesterday, Perry was on and off his oxygen mask after removing the vent. He admitted that it was laborious to breath when off the mask although each time it was removed (3-4 times throughout the day) he went longer an longer on his own. The doctor was a bit concerned with the carbon dioxide levels showing in his blood work and wanted to monitor that through the night.

In the AM, Misty called to follow up with the nurse to see how the night progressed and he mentioned that it was an uneventful night. About 20 minutes later, Misty received a call from the doctor who recommended that Perry be re-intubated to control the carbon dioxide levels (showed up as 88 at one point) and they would reassess extubating him over the course of the next 24-48 hours. He was put back under sedation to alleviate some of the discomfort from the breathing tube, and has been in and out his slumber more frequently than before. The plan once extubating again is to see how he does on his own, and if his carbon dioxide levels are still not satisfactory they will perform a tracheotomy to make it a bit easier for him to breathe.

His brother, Nick, and Tonya arrived this afternoon and he was a bit disappointed that he was not able to converse with them before being re-intubated, but glad to see their faces by his side. Misty's parents (Ann and Dennis) and sister (Denise) departed this afternoon (thank you all for the support and prayers while you were here!) and Ryan also had to leave this evening as he has work tomorrow and that was tough for both parties, but he will be returning on Monday.

Please keep the prayers and well wishes coming and we will keep you updated with progress. Thank you all again for your continued love and support!

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Comments (3)

  • Gary Beu
    Gary Beu

    Have to believe there will be ups and downs throughout this recovery ordeal. Take them as they come and stay strong and optimistic.

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Kristen Ahern
    Kristen Ahern

    Perry, this will definitely be a roller coaster ride with many up and downs, twists and turns. Your body is his getting used to the new organs and every day will be different. You are in the best place with doctors that are monitoring every single movement. Getting through each day is a huge accomplishment. One day at a time! You are a fighter and so brave. Lots of prayers still coming your way. Keep Calm and Carry on, Cousin Kristen

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Misty DiGiovanni
    Misty DiGiovanni

    You are doing absolutely beautifully my love!!!! I just hope you're having the best of dreams too!!!! But do we have to watch Law & Order 24/7? And why are you so concerned about the Cubs score? You are my all & you make me laugh even now!!!! Forever & always, your Misty

    4 years ago · Reply