We had a GREAT night of sleeping last night - yes 8 hours! We both got showers this morning and are feeling MUCH better. We got here in time for the doctors' rounds so we were glad. The night nurse was really sweet and so good. While we were gone she gave Jordan a sponge bath and cleaned her hair and face a bit. I'm so thankful and appreciative that she took the intiative with that.
- She is still on the ventilator: It's breathing completely for her right now and they don't hear an "air leak" which would tell them that the swelling is going down in her throat (her throat is still swollen tight around the tube). They are hoping to remove the tube today or at least do an exchange tube which is smaller so she can start breathing more on her own. They are starting to use this rubber thing to hit her chest and back to make sure fluid doesn't sit in her lungs which could cause pneumonia. She hates the pounding an moving but did calm down once they laid her back down. They're also changing her position every so often to help with the fluid and the circulation. She likes being more on her side I think.
- Pain: She is now completely off the Fentanyl (spelling?) for pain and I guess they're only giving her the Atavan (spelling? it's an anti-anxiety med to keep her calm) as needed. They want to take the chance of the pain being there because it's more important that she is awake and stimulated to start breathing on her own - even if it comes at the cost of her being a little uncomfortable. I don't love the idea but it seems necessary.
- Nutrition: The plan for now is to start nutrition through the IV (TPN) but the nurse just said it's not good to do that for long. We're hoping that she can be on a bottle soon though. She is, of course, contipated and gassy (that's typical for her) which makes her a little uncomfortable but hopefully that'll get better since she hasn't eaten food since Sunday night.
It's still sad to see her like this and we're ready to get that darn tube out even if we can't get home right away.
Other fun news - our buy is growing up at home without us! He "earned" his giant helicopter today...if you remember, we couldn't get him to go #2 on the big potty so we offered this fantastic giant helicopter (our neighbor, Noreen, gave it to him) if he did it. This morning while we were talking to my mom and to Noah he ran over and did his "business." So funny!!!
The respiratory therapist is here so we gotta run..