My father has ARDS, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. He went into the hospital for a heart bypass surgery almost 6 weeks ago. Three weeks ago he had the surgery, 5 bypasses were done. He has coronary artery disease, hardening of the arteries. So far his heart is ok. But now, we found out that before the surgery it was discovered he had only 55% lung capacity, years of smoking! Now he is in CCU with ARDS, lung infection, bladder infection, intestinal infection, and possibly pneumonia. He is on a ventilator and cannot seem to tolerate a level below 70 %..right now the vent. is doing all the breathing so his body can rest. His bp is regulated by meds, he went sepsis and is sometimes running a fever.
We are all worried and on this crazy rollercoaster. Any advice, prayers or encouragement is greatly appreciated..