Jason's time in the O.R. and then recovery was much longer than originally anticipated and then, while in the PACU he was experiencing some significant pain and discomfort. As a result they had to control the pain with some extra narcotics. Well, he has been receiving these same type meds for seven months now and as a result he has built up quite a tolerance to them. Since he had such a high level of pain and since he has such a high tolerance they had to give him so much that he almost stopped breathing, or at least breathing normal. The normal healthy male will have a resting respiration rate of between 12 and 20 breaths a minute. Jason was down to 3 or 4 breaths per minute. His oxygen levels and blood pressure were all fine, it was just his breathing. This rate concerned the doctors quite a bit, I'm not going to say what it did to me. When I go to the PACU to see how he was doing I found two nurses and three doctors in his room. The nurses were taking turns telling Jason to breath, anytime his rate dipped below seven. Actually, Jason's lung capacity is such that he can comfortably handle a rate of 8, without any problem or concern.
They were finally able to get the pain under control, and then slowly allowed him to totally wake up, and then took him to the I.C.U. for a few hours, just to be sure. We finally left the I.C.U. at about 22:15 (10:15PM) this evening, and we got him back to his room. To say the least, today has been a long day for me and I am quite worn down. I will be heading back over to see Jason in the morning, to make sure he gets his breakfast and then I'm off to renew the contract for the rental car that I've been using from the Yellow Ribbon Fund. They let me use the car at no cost, but there is still a monthly contract. Actually there is a little more to it than that, and some day I might tell you all about it.
Jason's grafting went well, and the additional durma-layer that was applied all looked good. They are going to let him heal up for a few days and then early this coming week they go and check on how it is progressing. Otherwise there really isn't a bunch more to tell about what happened today. The Lucases brought some lumpia (not sure if I'm spelling it right) for everyone (they only made about 600) and I got a few for Jason, as well has having some for myself - they were excellent. Carol Tarter was also helping with this, and they all came by to see how Jason was doing, and both Jason and I really appreciate it... especially the lumpia. I am going to sign off now, as I am tired, and I want to be able to get up early tomorrow.
Thank you, all for your continued prayers and for all your support... It is very much appreciated.