President Trump's blood oxygen level dropped suddenly twice in recent days but he "has continued to improve," the White House physician said Sunday. Trump could be discharged as soon as Monday to continue treatment at the White House. (Oct. 4)
SEAN CONLEY: Over the course of his illness, the president has experienced two episodes of transient drops in his oxygen saturation. We debated the reasons for this and whether we'd even intervene. It was the determination of the team based predominantly on the timeline from the initial diagnosis that we initiate dexamethasone.
SEAN DOOLEY: Regarding his clinical status, the patient continues to improve. He has remained without fever since Friday morning. His vital signs are stable. From a pulmonary standpoint, he remains on [INAUDIBLE] this morning and is not complaining of shortness of breath or other significant respiratory symptoms. He's ambulating himself, walking around the White House Medical Unit without limitation or disability. Our continued monitoring of his cardiac, liver, and kidney function demonstrates continued normal findings or improving findings.
BRIAN GARIBALDI: The president yesterday evening completed his second dose of remdesivir. He's tolerated that infusion well. We've been monitoring for any potential side effects, and he has had none that we can tell. His liver and kidney function have remained normal, and we continue to plan to use a five-day course of remdesivir.
In response to transient low oxygen levels, as Dr. Conley has discussed, we did initiate dexamethasone therapy, and he received his first dose of that yesterday. And our plan is to continue that for the time being. Today, he feels well. He's been up and around. Our plan for today is to have him to eat and drink, be up out of bed as much as possible, to be mobile. And if he continues to look and-- and feel as well as he does today, our hope is that we can plan for a discharge as early as tomorrow to the White House, where he can continue his treatment course.
- Conley, why were you so reluctant until today to disclose that the president had been administered oxygen?
SEAN CONLEY: That's a good question.
- Thank you.
SEAN CONLEY: So I was trying to reflect the-- the upbeat attitude that the team, the president, that his course of illness has had. I didn't want to give any-- any information that might steer the-- the course of illness in another direction. And in doing so, you know, it came off that we were trying to hide something, which wasn't necessarily true. And so have-- here I have it.
He's-- he is the-- the fact of the matter is is that he's doing really well, that he is-- he is responding. And as the team said, if everything continues to go well, we're going to start discharge planning back to the White House.