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!