Saturday, June 21, 2008

Saturday, still hovering...

Today's big focus has been to get rid of the fluid. Elaina was on the maximum dose of Lasix, but it didn't seem to be working as well as they'd like, so she was switched to Bumex last night. She's still getting the Diruel, so she's peeing like crazy! It's good. The more fluid she gets rid of, the better it will be for chest closure tomorrow. On a positive note, nothing has cultured in all the blood and urine samples that have been sent. She's still having her random fevers, but she's been doing that for the last several weeks. She really likes to puzzle the doctors and nurses. All in all, she's had a pretty good day today. She's still pretty heavily sedated, but her paralytics were stopped this morning. She's wiggled her feet a little bit and actually opened her eyes a few times. Her eyelids are still pretty swollen, so I'm sure it wasn't a fun thing for her to do. Her lungs are about the same. They haven't been able to wean her very much on the oxygen and nitric. I think that's okay though. I'd like to have the focus be on getting her chest closed, and then work on getting her off the ventilator. Not too much else has changed, I'm still just hovering. It's kind of funny, all week long the PICU is loud and noisy with people everywhere, and today you can actually feel the "weekend" in the air. It's been a pretty quiet day.
Thank you all again, I know that it is through prayer that Elaina is doing so well. I pray that she will have a good night tonight and that she will be able to get rid of the excess fluids that are in her body so that her chest can be closed tomorrow. She is so strong, brave and beautiful.


Vanessa said...

What a great update! You sound so rested. There are alot of positives going for Elaina and we have to remained focused on those. She is an amazing little girl!

Amber said...

So glad to hear of improvement! You do sound rested, I'm glad. :^)
Sounds like a big day tomorrow, she will remain in my prayers.

My Three Sons said...

I'm still praying for Elaina. Sounds like she had a good day. Maybe it was as simple as changing her meds was all she needed to get the extra fluid off. Good luck tomorrow with closing her chest. I will be watching closely for an update tomorrow.

Take care and try to get a little more rest.


Vaeh's Blog said...

Glad that she continues to hold her own! Sounds like she's headed in for getting her chest closed if she keeps peeing!

I don't know how you do it! You're being so strong for your little angel & still have time to spruce up your blog! It looks wonderful!

Praying that she continues to improve & you have a good outcome for the weekend!

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

Valerie said...

What a relief to hear that things are going okay! Each little bit of progress is one step closer to coming home! Elaina has a lot of prayers going for her every day.
Love you!

PS: I like the new layout of your blog! Very cute and purpley.

Isabella said...

Glad to hear she is peeing well!! That is always a good sign. And also glad to hear nothing is growing out in the cultures. Our prayers are with you!!