I am probably too tired and emotionally drained to be writing this right now. But I wanted to let everyone know that I think the reason I'm still sane is due in large part to the prayers that are being said in our behalf. Thank you all so much. I truly have faith in the power of prayer and I know that I would not have survived the last 36 hours if not for the prayers that have been said for Elaina and I.
That said, Elaina's day had lots of ups and downs. She was fairly stable for a large part of the day. Her stats stayed in the 70's, which is right where they want them right now, her CO2 was also right where they wanted her to be. They worked on weaning her down on the ventilator and the nitric oxide. Tonight she started a fever. Her chest has been open for 1 full week. Her risk of infection increases each day that it stays open. Dr Hawkins would like to close her up on Saturday or Sunday, but that all depends on how well she does up until that time. With her increased temperature came an increased heart rate as well as a higher blood pressure, and her sats dropped down to 63. They are trying right now to get all of this stabilized. After a little Tylenol her temp was back down to normal, but they took some blood to send to the lab to see if she has an infection. Right now, I'm not sure that her little body would be able fight an infection. They have her on 3 different antibiotics already in an attempt to avoid infection. Anyway, the nurses were tired of my hovering and since I'm practically falling over from exhaustion, I am tucking myself into one of the sleep rooms at the hospital.
I know I've said this before, but thank you all for your continued love and support during this trial.