Welcome to our site about our son Brodie Dick who will join our family on August 8, 2011 at 8:00. At 22 weeks we went in to find out if we were having a boy or a girl and we found out that we were having a boy but that he may have a birth defect. After an agonizing week we found out that our son had CDH (Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia). CDH occurs when the diaphragm fails to fully form, allowing the abdominal organs into the chest cavity and preventing lung growth. CDH occurs in 1 of every 2500 births and a baby with CDH is born every 10 minutes. 50% of babies diagnosed with CDH do not survive. The cause is not known. This will be a journal of our journey and will allow our family and friends to keep up to date on what is happening with us and our son Brodie. Thanks for your prayers and support!
Monday, September 17, 2012
Bronchoscopy Went Well
The bronchoscopy went well today and the ENT said that the airway and vocal chords look great. There was some granulated tissue from suctioning that he removed but other than that it went as expected. They told us that they wanted to move forward with taking out the trach. They admitted him and just let him rest today. It has been a little stressful because after he woke up from the procedure his saturation was staying between 90-93. We can't seem to figure out why he isn't doing as well as normal. It has been a long time since we just sat and stared at a monitor praying that the number will go up. They wanted him to be 92 or better to try and cap him and in true Brodie fashion, about an hour and a half before they were supposed to do it he suddenly went up and stayed at 93 or 94. They decided to cap him and when they did he stayed at 94. I guess we figured he would go down and kept waiting for it to, but he just stayed the same. He has been doing great since and the ENT said he will come by at 6 in the morning and see how he did. If he does well then they will take it out and monitor him all day. As I type this I keep hearing little noises coming from his bed and realized that it was Brodie. He can now make noise since capping the trach is like not having a trach at all. We will see how tonight goes and let everyone know how things are progressing.