Originally Posted by J Diddy
I am in Pittsburg. There is a distinctive chance that I'm becoming impatient as it is my job as a father to protect and I feel as helpless as helpless can be. We came in here last night and they pushed him back and put him on oxygen. After a day of this his oxygen levels are still in the 88-91 range (occasionally dipping to 85) and he's pushing 5 liters of oxygen now.
I obviously don't know all the details or read the chart but if they got a 10 year old on 5L and he's pulling an 88-91 the problem is not that he is not getting enough oxygen. He's getting plenty. The problem is the O2 is not getting around to the cells because its not properly binding to the hemoglobin.
Common sense will tell you this. Your pumping 100%+ into the body and getting readings of 88-91%. The solution is not pump more oxygen into the body. The solution is to figure why the O2 is not binding to the hemoglobin.
I know it sucks. I have spent Christmas day with children in the hospital and with their families. You just endure and move on. The good news is that they should know fairly quickly why the O2 is not binding to the hemoglobin soon. And in my experience 99.9% of those causes are fixable and fixable quickly. And that was 12 years ago. they surely have made advances. So I know its easy to let you mind wonder, is it cancer, is it some disease etc. I may have been out of the field for 12 years but one thing will always be true.......... your son needs his Dad and he will forever remember you being there for him. It's a positive that comes out of the pain. Families become closer.