Saturday night I took her off the O2 while she slept because her sats were still in the low 80s/high 70s, so I kept if off all night. Then yesterday (Sunday) morning, I kept it turned off and I spot checked her around 9am. It was 77-79ish, so I called the cardiologist and asked if I could just keep her off the O2, and the cardiologist said yes. (woo hoo!)
I was so happy, I thought Thank God, she only needed the O2 for 24-48 hours after being released (or for 4 days post cath). But, maybe...maybe not. Tonight, right before she went to bed I plugged her in and checked her again and she was 75-77, a little down, but still above 70, which is the benchmark for needing the O2. I unplugged her from the pulse-ox (so she doesn't choke herself on the cords while she sleeps), and went to bed myself.
Well, when I woke up to pump, I checked her again and it was 65! What the heck? Why did it go down by 10 points??! I don't know if it's a misreading on the pulse-ox, but even after a half hour it was still 70-71. I want to just put her back on the O2, but it is totally a struggle to fight with her to get the tube up her nose and taped to her cheeks. : ( Plus, I already removed the 'cheek stickers' that hold the nasal cannula in place and her cheeks are bright red from the irritation from the tape. I don't want to do that to her again, but obviously I don't want her to be having possibly dangerously low O2 levels? What to do...what to do? Should I wake her up and torture her with the struggle to get the O2 tube back on?....
I just checked her again (it's been about an hour already), and she was 74. Beth said that as long as it's above 70, she's fine, but I'm still a little worried. Tomorrow, if it is 70 or 69, I'm gonna turn the O2 back on. I really don't want to take any chances with her levels getting too low.
On a different topic, Scarlett's only living grandpa (Todd's dad) is in the ICU! :( He was diagnosed 5 years ago with the crippling disease ALS [Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis], also called Lou Gehrig's Disease. Todd's sister called him last night to tell him that their dad was rushed to the emergency room in critical condition. I hope that he makes it, but he's a very sick person (already in the last stages of ALS...wheelchair, ventilator, trache, can no longer move/speak on his own). I feel for Todd, he loves his dad very much. I hope Scarlett's grandpa makes it, but I also don't want him to suffer anymore. If you're reading this, please say a little prayer for him. Thanks.