Monday, June 16, 2008

Post Op Day 4

So far, so good today. Elaina's blood gases are looking better and her swollen face continues to go down. They are still doing deep suction in her lungs and are beginning to get more and more gunk out. This is good, the less gunk in her lungs the better! She's been able to go down to 60% oxygen so far on the ventilator. This is also good, she was at 85% yesterday. So, still the small baby (turtle) steps. The surgeon came by and looked at her chest today. He said that her heart looks great, but her lungs are still swollen. He may take another look later on to see how she's doing, and if he feels she's gotten rid of enough fluids he might close her chest tonight. Otherwise it will most likely happen tomorrow. We're not out of the woods yet, but I think I can see the clearing up ahead.
I think Elaina's new nickname is going to be "TurtleBug" :)


Vaeh's Blog said...

Glad to hear that things are going in the right direction! Even if its slow & sure, the tortise did win the race that way!

60% on the vent is great! That's so much closer to getting off that nasty thing!

Praying that all continues to go in the right direction for "TurtleBug"!

Tina & Vaeh (Jon & Gabby, too!):0)

Likes Chocolate said...

What great news! Congratulations. Wishing her a ticket home. Romans family

Valerie said...

I'm glad to hear that things are continuing to go well, no matter how slowly! Loves!

Djinni said...

Praying for your "Little Turtle Bug" and that her shell stays tough on the outside, while heart heart stays soft, stong and sweet. Heart Hugs, Djinni

PS. You'll like the SL County's 2008 Summer reading Theme, it's all about Bugs.

Vanessa said... cute! I'm so happy her vent settings are going down. One thing at a time.


Anderson Family said...

Oh what good news. I hope they can get all the gunk in her lungs out soon, and also that she can have her chested closed.

Thinking good and happy thoughts for your family.


Melynda and Family

Gourley Family said...

I am a firm believer of turtle steps. We are praying for "turtle-bug" and pray things continue to go well!
Hugs and prayers,
Emily and Mike