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.