February 11, 2010

And the results from his lung function test are...

This morning the doctor came in and mentioned that if the results of Azer's PFT result was still low, we might be looking at 14 days. Ugh....

So, Azer did very well on his PFT today ... he made it to 91%. I don't think we have ever seen numbers as good as that before. I think it is partly due to the fact that he is still learning how to do the test, but it is a big relief to see that his baseline is probably not in the 70's like we were thinking. Another respiratory technician was telling me the other night that PFT's in young children are not entirely accurate because it depends on their ability to perform correctly.

Basically, you have to put your mouth around this device that you blow into, which is connected to a computer. The brick house is the hardest to blow out. You have to take a huge breath in, take in as much air as you possibly can, and then blow HARD out, and keep blowing until there is no air left in your lungs. It can be tricky. On the computers here, there are a few different graphics that display on the screen as you are blowing out. You can try to blow all the candles out, which is usually what Azer gets. Today he chose to try to blow the 3 little pig's houses down. On his best try, he blew the brick house down. Kind of goes against the story though, right? Somebody had a major bacon craving I guess.

So, I hope the doctor is pleased with the results when he sees them tomorrow. Hopefully we can get out of here on the 10th day!
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