Friday, August 29, 2008

We were hoping Zack might be extubated this week but he's going to need a bit more time. His lungs are so much healthier these days but his breathing muscles need to be stronger before he can come off the ventilator...While he was on the ECMO machine, the ventilator was doing nearly all the work so he was barely engaging his breathing muscles. On top of that, the steroids he recently stopped taking (for lung inflammation) weakened his muscles a bit. So...Zack has started some breathing exercises to target his diaphragm and a medical student is working to find more ways to support this strength building. 

This isn't bad news, it's just indicative of how much he's been through and how far he's come along since. Some of the doctors have used the word "miracle" in regard to Zack and a little more time to heal is a minor thing when looked at in that light. 

Regarding his liver, he stopped taking an anti-anxiety drug called "neurontin" and his liver enzymes immediately dropped back to normal. Neurontin doesn't normally cause liver distress but he had just started taking it before his liver enzymes started to increase and it was the only change that coincided with it. 

As always, thank you for keeping Zack in your thoughts! 


Anonymous said...

Hi guys, Good work Zack keep it up...everyday tell yourself how strong you are getting and tell your cells to keep working hard. You are so very strong and we are so very proud of you. Still sending that Pacifica air to you breath deep and keep up the good work. Love to all of up Maria & Kathleen!

Anonymous said...

Thinking about you both! Love, Frank

David Biondi said...

Hey Zack, I just wanted to check in and say hello to you and your mom. I've been thinking about both of you a lot and am SO happy to hear about all the progrss you are making. I check out your blog as much as possible and want you to know that you and your family are always in my thoughts and prayers. Everybody, I guess, except you uncle Eddie who never returns calls or emails! OK...even him. I am proud to see how strong you are (probably from beating up Crazy Dr. Bob when you were little) and know that if I were in a similar situation, I could never handle it as well as you.

Take care Zack (and family),
Dave Biondi

Anonymous said...

"That's not true," the boy said. "I learned the alchemist's secrets in my travels. I have inside me the winds, the deserts, the oceans, the stars, and everything created in the universe. We are all made by the same hand, and we have the same soul. I want to be like you, able to reach every corner of the world, cross the seas, blow away the sands that cover my treasure, and carry the voice of the woman I love."
From "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho.

Anonymous said...

HI Zack,
Keep working your lungs and doing the exercises you Mom showed you. Can't wait to play some cards with you and Maria!

Anonymous said...

Zack, your courage is terrific.

Anonymous said...

Zack..... glad to hear you are still continuing to get better and better! I miss you! Mike, Mocha, and Maya all say hi. We are all thinking about you.