Struggling for Oxygen

Today has been a tough day for Iain. Oxygen levels in his blood have been trending down, and the doctors have been aggressively attempting to remove fluid in his lungs that is contributing to those low oxygen levels. We had to re-sedate him as he was struggling against the ventilator and driving his O2 levels down even further. Right now he's sleeping.

We are unfortunately approaching a point where, to save the lungs, we may have to sacrifice the kidneys. The lungs are too wet, and need to be dried out. This is done through the use of diuretics, which places a greater strain on the kidneys. His kidneys, already under the strain of antibiotics and more importantly immunosuppressants, are being pressed to their capacity. At the same time, we need to push the lungs harder to keep the oxygen levels up, which results in more injury. It's a vicious cycle and and makes me realize that, in a healthy person, how beautifully balanced our systems are.

Thank you for your heartfelt comments. We are reading them to Iain.

-John (Iain's dad)


  • Mistysmommy

    My prayers are out as they have been! Bev, PH Denver

  • Elizabeth Burrows

    We sent all our hearts to you, which is just how it feels to us. You are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. Praying for dry lungs and strong kidneys, and sending hope and love and strength.

  • SherriCowhig

    Thank you so much for the consistent updates and specifics. Yes, the human body is an amazing thing...truly incredible how it all works together. I will pray for restored balance and health for Iain so that he can fully experience this miracle.

  • lisapendergast

    Hi Iain, Just wanted you to know that we are all still thinking of you and sending healing thoughts every day. Lots of love from the Pendergasts.

  • Lidia

    Hi Iain- it's Luka. I hope things will be getting easier for you soon. My whole family and I are closely following any updates that your parents post. You are in our thoughts and we are wishing you a quick recovery! Stay strong, and when you get back let's take that RS5 for a 'cruise' up a canyon ;)

  • Chrissie M

    Brave Hess family, your courage and grace continues to amaze me. There is no easy path and I can't imagine the constant battle Iain's body is fighting. Showering you with virtual hugs and continued thoughts about healing.

  • Pallavi Homan

    You are all so incredibly brave. Reading your posts puts so much into perspective. Sending you our prayers for Iain's speedy recovery. <3

  • susan muir

    Sending healing thoughts and love to Iain.

  • TheSquad

    Hey Iain the squad is thinking of you hoping you make a speedy recovery! Hang in there buddy

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