Okay, so I am turning into the slacker queen when it comes to updating this week! I honestly have just been catching up on Ben time, and didn't want to abandon him for the computer. Besides, I only have dial up internet at my Grandma's and I'm spoiled by the hi-speed wireless at the hospital and my hi-speed at home. It takes SO much longer to do things with dial-up.
So, here's the scoop. As of today, she's off the cpap and onto the high flow! They told me that she may need to have the cpap at night, so they haven't moved the machine away from the bed, but for now she's doing great on the high flow! She's still on a lot of oxygen. It's an 8 liter flow with the O2 set at 60%. Her saturations have been in the low 70's. Pretty good! We need to get her flow down, but we still have time and she is improving daily. Her leg is just fantastic! It's got the color back and is warm to the touch. The nurses are able to feel the pulse in her foot now! WooHoo! The pus oozing from her broviac insertion didn't have any discernable bacteria when they cultured it, they are treating her with antibiotics to be on the safe side, but it looked really good when they changed the dressing yesterday. The most worrisome thing at the moment is the owie in her groin. This is the spot where the arterial line was. The scab came off last weekend, but it isn't healing well. Part of the problem is that it's right in her diaper area. The bandages keep getting compromised every time she fills her pants. Her nurses are pretty worried about it, especially since she's still having fevers. Her nurse today told me that she can actually see the broviac in the open sore. This is troubling because the broviac was inserted mid thigh, and this sore is in her groin. They are worried that it will become septic and that her body wouldn't be able to fight off the infection. It would be pretty upsetting if she died from a stupid infection from an art line...... SO, they are going to address it more in rounds on Sunday, but it probably won't get the proper attention until Monday. Aren't weekends fun....
Anyway, we got moved out of our nice little sanctuary in the back corner of the PICU. Now that Elaina is doing so much better, she's been put in a shared room so that 1 nurse can care for 2 children. I have mixed feelings about this. I'm glad that she's doing so much better, but I really loved the privacy and seclusion (not to mention quiet) of our private room in the back. Oh well. C'est la vie!
So, here are some more pictures from yesterday and today! She is looking so good. She has her own version of "pink" though. That is, she looks pink until you compare her to someone who really is. What a cutie though!
"Wow, handlebars!" She's just holding on to her cpap and sleeping away!
Physical therapy getting her used to sitting more upright. This is where you get to see her version of pink, compared to the nurses skin color. She doesn't look very pink in this picture, but her sats were in the 70's.....
Nice and comfortable! She was supposed to "sit up" for 30 minutes, but lasted an hour and got in a good nap too!
Liking the high flow! She's 'almost' ready to smile for me. I tried super hard to get one out of her, but with no luck. Doesn't she look great?!?!?!?!!
Ready to sleep the night away! Mom held her and played with her for over an hour and she's exhausted!